I love trying out new products and was thrilled when Dixie Belle launched their new Gemstone Mousse. These gorgeous metallic colours come in 4 highly pigmented metallic shades, Golden Gem, Diamond, Amber and Garnet. They are water based and have a rich, creamy texture. They are a great product for those with environmental sensitivities, since they are non toxic and don’t smell.
This gorgeous ornate console was the perfect piece to use Gemstone Mousse on. Here is how I did it!
Prepping is the most important step when painting furniture. I started by giving it a quick scuff sand and then removed the dust with a damp rag. I used White Lightning to clean the console and used a damp clean rag to wipe off residue.
Once dry, I applied Putty as a base coat.
Once my base coat was dry, I applied a coat of Steel Magnolia with the Scarlet brush for a smooth finish. I applied a second coat once my first was dry.
I painted the basket weave pattern on the console in Silver Bullet.
I gave the Diamond and Golden Gem Gemstone Mousse a good shake and stirred it until it had a creamy, smooth texture. Using a fine artist brush, I used a small amount and brushed it evenly on the legs and details of the console. A little goes a long way. After 30 minutes it was dry.
For extra durability I applied Dixie Belle flat Clear Coat.
That’s it! That is how you can easily use Gemstone Mousse on your next project to add some flair. It is so easy to apply and makes a big impact on your project. You can use Gemstone Mousse on furniture, hardware, stencils and Dixie Belle Silkscreen Stencils. Make sure to try some out on your next project. Happy painting!
Spring is finally here! With the warmer weather and flowers in bloom, it’s a time to refresh and recharge. Changing up your decor in the Spring is a great way to refresh your space. An easy way to find unique and inexpensive Spring decor is to hit your local Thrift Store. I headed to my local Salvation Army Thrift store to see what I could find. Here are a few items I found on one of my trips.
These whimsical plates would be beautiful as art on your wall.
Rattan furniture is back and is a big trend in design. This side table would be a great addition on a patio or to display your plants.
Fill this mason jar beverage dispenser with cucumbers and mint to keep hydrated in the warmer months.
Enjoy the warm weather and eat outside without having to worry about bugs getting into your food with this food tent.
Change up your dinnerware with these gorgeous plates.
Take some time to enjoy a cup of tea with this cute teapot and tea cups.
Head to your local thrift store to refresh your decor for spring. Happy Thrifting!
Painting fabric is easy to do with Dixie Belle Paint. It is a great way to add interest to your textiles and decor. I wanted to add some colour in my dining room and stenciled a plain tablecloth. Here are the materials and steps to create your own.
Put your drop cloth on your table and place your tablecloth on top. This will help ensure that your paint doesn’t seep through onto your table.
I had a general idea of my design plan. I wanted to have small groupings of the fern and palm leaves on my tablecloth. I started with my first stencil placement close to the bottom of the tablecloth. Making sure to firmly press my stencil on the fabric.
Starting with Mermaid Tail, dab a small amount of paint and wipe off the excess onto a shop rag. Gently dab the paint in a thin layer on your stencil. Continue to add thin layers until your stencil is completely covered. Remove your stencil while the paint is still wet. Continue stenciling your leaves in different directions and in a random pattern over your tablecloth. Clean your stencil once your are finished.
Once my tablecloth was dry, I placed my leaf stencil close to my first Mermaid Tail leaf. Using my next colour Mint Julep, I added a small amount of paint and gently dabbed it in thin layers to fill in the stencil. Continue stenciling Mint Julep leaves until you have added a pair to all of the Mermaid Tail leaves. Once you have completed your Mint Julep leaves, clean your stencil.
When your tablecloth is dry, fill in any areas by stenciling in your next colour Lemonade. Continue this step until your tablecloth is filled in, with minimal gaps.
That’s it! You have created a beautiful, colourful tablecloth for your dining room to enjoy. Happy painting!
Adding art into your decor is a great way to bring personality to your space. Did you know that you can easily create art using Dixie Belle Paint? Creating your own art doesn’t have to be intimidating. I will show you how you can make your own contemporary abstract art that your family and friends will swoon over. Here is what you need and the steps to create your own art.
Paint five canvases in Dixie Belle’s Cotton and 1 canvas in Caviar.
Once the paint has dried, it’s time to plan the design. Place two of the canvases side by side.
Using your pencil, draw half a circle on one of the canvases. You can also use a can to draw an outline if needed. Keep in mind, the great thing about art is that it doesn't need to be perfect.
Draw the other half of the circle on the other canvas. This will create a full circle when you place both canvases together. Paint each half circle in Caviar.
Using a dry brush, gently brush the wet paint around the outline of your half circles. This will hide any imperfections.
On the next canvas, tape a slightly diagonal line from the bottom to the top of the canvas.
Tape another two lines in a X pattern over the center line.
Add a horizontal line where the other lines meet.
Paint the canvas in Cotton and remove the tape while the paint is still wet.
On the fourth canvas, tape a vertical line slightly more than half of your canvas.
Paint the smaller side in Caviar.
On the fifth canvas, tape a horizontal line slightly more than half of your canvas.
Paint the smaller section of each canvas in Caviar and remove the tape while it’s wet. Using a dry brush, gently brush the wet paint. This will give it a faded effect.
On the final canvas, dab a good amount of Caviar on a small artist brush. Starting at the top left, make small brush strokes in a line moving toward the right side of the canvas. Keep about an inch to an inch and a half between each stroke.
Create another line of brushstrokes moving from left to right approximately 2 inches below your first line. Continue this step until you have filled your canvas. Remember this doesn’t need to be perfect.
Once your artwork has dried, paint the sides of each canvas to give it a polished look.
That’s it! You have created gorgeous, contemporary, abstract art. Find the perfect spot to hang them in your home to showcase your artwork. Happy painting!