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Nov 15, 2017

Painting over stain?

I have an unfinished wooden piece that I want to stain and show off the beautiful wood grain, but I also want to do decorative painting with acrylics

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Nov 15, 2017


I was inspired to do this when I found some painted engraved rocks at the craft store. The stones can be bought at Michael's craft store and the plaque

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Nov 01, 2017

Vitrail over acrylic markers used on glass object?

Can I paint Vitrail over designs on glass I made using an acrylic marker? I was concerned the Vitrail will dissolve the acrylic design.

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Oct 03, 2017

My paint is chipping off!

I have painted gourds for outdoor birdhouses. I used the Rustoleum® enamel and it chipped off. I contacted Rustoleum® and they said it shouldn't have done

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Oct 03, 2017

Cornish slate

I picked up a piece of cornish slate from the beach. I want to paint a picture on it. I intend using matt enamel paint. I have read that I only have to

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Oct 03, 2017

Pats Tabby cat

I haven't painted a cat portrait before so this was yet another first. Started off with gesso-ing the canvas 3 times, traced on the design from my own

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Sep 05, 2017

Fun alcohol ink painting project using very few supplies.

Here are images of alcohol ink paintings that are done on glazed ceramic tile.

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Aug 09, 2017

Painting silverware

Do you have to clean the tarnish off silverware before painting? What's best priming first, spray paint or chalk paint? Have teapots, coffee pot creamer

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Jul 24, 2017

Substitute for metal lamp shade to fit a standard chimney on a hurricane lamp

I painted the base of a hurricane lamp that also had a pattern for a metal lamp shade that fit on a hurricane lamp chimney. The metal shade is no longer

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Jul 16, 2017

Doggie Quilt

I made this Quilt from pre-cut fabric pieces, but I cut them again into smaller squares. I just decided one day I would experiment and make this Quilt.

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Jul 09, 2017

How do I prepare cotton fabric before painting

How to prepare fabric before painting to prevent bleeding?

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Jul 09, 2017



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Jul 09, 2017

Writing on wine glass

Hi. I am using craft smart paint pens and I am personalizing wine glasses. Do I need to write over the previous writing or can I just leave the initial?

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Jun 28, 2017

Paint patio furniture for a fresh, inexpensive makeover!

Here's a simple project to paint patio furniture from boring to fresh and funky. Revive old plastic furniture instead of spending a fortune on new pieces.

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Jun 13, 2017


What is the best paper to use when practicing brush strokes with acrylic paint?

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