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Easy Backdrop Ideas

Easy Backdrop Ideas

My son Elijah just married the love of his life and I get to officially call beautiful Julia my daughter! A few weeks ago, when her bridal shower was approaching, I was tasked with providing a beautiful backdrop to set the scene. I had watched the happy couple plan...

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Boho Furniture Renovation

Boho Furniture Renovation

Every month in my Creative Connection membership group I share a tutorial for either a canvas painting or a furniture makeover. Last month, I chose to complete a furniture renovation in honor of a dear member of our group who was taken from us too soon after a long...

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DIY Fabric Wall Art

DIY Fabric Wall Art

Transform your space on a budget! You only need three things to make this DIY fabric wall art: a canvas, some fabric, and a staple gun! With just a few simple steps, you can turn old or inexpensive canvases into stunning and unique art pieces that will instantly...

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Velvet Boho Fabric

Velvet Boho Fabric

The BEST things can happen when you get outside your comfort zone, which is why I am so excited to announce that I have just launched a line of velvet boho fabric!!! I never set out to be a textile designer. A few months ago, I was talking with the editor of The...

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DIY Clothes For Art Lovers

DIY Clothes For Art Lovers

I definitely see my outfits as an extension of my art and, as more high end fashion designers turn to art for their inspiration, I want to share some ways that artists can create their own stunning DIY clothes!  Also, did you know that some of the first pieces I...

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Abstract Flower Painting

Abstract Flower Painting

In this step-by-step guide to abstract flower painting (for beginners!) I will help you learn the skills necessary to create a beautiful work of art! I have literally NEVER met a person who didn’t enjoy seeing some beautiful flowers, whether in person or in a...

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DIY Christmas Gifts

DIY Christmas Gifts

The older I get, the more I realize that I don’t want big, flashy presents from brand name or big box stores. I’m drawn, instead, to the creative, handmade, and DIY Christmas gifts that are truly one-of-a-kind! As a creative business coach, I know that this is the...

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Art Retreat Checklist

Art Retreat Checklist

Over the course of the next six weeks I’ll be hosting my own art retreat, attending another, and emceeing at a third! It’s safe to say that I LOVE spending time with other creatives and I’ve got enough experience to make the most out of any retreat setting. When I...

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How to Upcycle (Almost) Anything!

How to Upcycle (Almost) Anything!

As an artist and a mom, I am always trying to come up with new ideas for how to upcycle just about everything. I was raised to believe that “new” doesn’t always mean “better” and that all we need is equal parts effort and creativity to have nice things in our...

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How to Blend Paint on Furniture

How to Blend Paint on Furniture

There is one notorious piece of mine that gets a lot of attention whenever I share it… Velvet Honey! It is one of my favorite pieces of furniture I’ve ever painted. We featured it in the 6th volume of The Turquoise Iris Journal and it got rave reviews. The tutorial...

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Painted Denim Jacket

Painted Denim Jacket

I thought I’d celebrate the launch of my favorite season with my favorite spring fashion trend: hand-painted clothing! It wasn’t until I started painting furniture that I even realized how much I truly was made to paint, so it only makes sense that I always find...

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Colorful Maximalism

Colorful Maximalism

As a creative, I live to experiment and go BIG! Getting out of my comfort zone and creating something new is what helps me grow as an artist, but there was a time when I felt sort of bad that my work couldn’t be condensed down to a handful of adjectives… As it...

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Art Supply Comparison: Old VS New

Art Supply Comparison: Old VS New

A few years ago I had the opportunity to go to Paris with some friends who are fellow artists. The trip was a life-changing whirlwind of art and adventure (you can see pictures in my November 2019 blog post) and the sights and experiences I took in over the course...

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2023 Trends

2023 Trends

It’s the end of the year, which usually means we’re all thinking about what’s coming up in the next year. As artists, especially those of us who paint furniture, it’s especially hard not to wonder what 2023 trends in art and decor we will see! In my opinion, no...

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Furniture Painting for Beginners

Furniture Painting for Beginners

Every so often I’ll get a group of new followers who have a lot of wonderful questions for me. They’ll ask them in emails and comments and direct messages and I always do my best to help them, but I always wish I could give them more, you know? So I decided to...

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Boho Christmas Decor

Boho Christmas Decor

I love to decorate for each season but I hate being forced into a color palette. Christmas is an especially difficult season for me when it comes to decor because it seems like so much of it is traditional red, green, and white. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m...

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