Furniture Makeovers
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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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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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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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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Naming Your Art

Naming Your Art

I don’t know why but it used to be that every time I made a piece of art I would spend the last few hours scrambling to come up with a good name. As someone who paints several pieces a month, it wasn’t long before I learned some reliable strategies for titling a...

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Boho Furniture Makeover

Boho Furniture Makeover

I have a confession to make: I have never (not once!) felt guilty for painting a piece of wood furniture and I think it’s about time we stop acting like it’s the worst crime an artist can commit! Here’s the thing: a lot of these pieces would sit around in a thrift...

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How to Choose a Color Palette

How to Choose a Color Palette

I asked members of The Turquoise Iris’s Creative Connection what things they struggled with the most. While time management came in at number one, surprisingly close behind was “how to choose a color palette!” You’d think, as artists, we’d have an endless supply of...

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Very Peri Color Palettes

Very Peri Color Palettes

It’s official: Very Peri is the color of the year for 2022, at least according to the folks over at Pantone. Around here we call that color “Water Lily,” because it’s a staple color in every DIY Paint stash! I’ve been using Water Lily in my pieces for a few years...

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Home Decor Ideas 2022

Home Decor Ideas 2022

It’s almost the new year, and it’s my goal to give my followers all the inspiration they can handle before 2022 begins! This week it’s all about home decor ideas that I think you should try in 2022! In the past few weeks I’ve found myself inspired by the Winter...

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DIY Furniture Makeover

DIY Furniture Makeover

Say hello to Memories from Martinique! This MASSIVE DIY wardrobe makeover was a huge undertaking but, boy, what a dream to paint! When I saw those lovely front panels and carved florals I knew I had to have her.  Hand-Painted Wardrobe As with all my pieces, I knew...

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Art Guide: Furniture Painting

Art Guide: Furniture Painting

Hey all you furniture painters, I promised that this blog was on its way and it’s finally here! This is my Furniture Painting Art Guide where I round up all the tutorials and tips your heart can handle! How to Paint on Furniture Painting on furniture has a lot of...

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Art Guide: Color Recipe Roundup

Art Guide: Color Recipe Roundup

I want to share some of my FAVORITE color recipes (AKA color combinations) from my furniture makeovers. Most color recipes are exclusive to my email list but a few of them were too good not to share… So enjoy a few color recipes from the vault and be sure to sign...

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The Ultimate Guide to Paint Tools
The Ultimate Paint Tool Guide

The Ultimate Paint Tool Guide

One of my goals as an artist and creative coach is to empower all creatives to believe that they are capable of anything they put their minds to! My motto has always been this: If I can do it, you can do it. Once upon a time I didn’t believe that I was a “real”...

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Finger Painting for Adults

Finger Painting for Adults

When I first started finger painting a few years ago, I had two simultaneous thoughts: This is the most fun I’ve had in a long time! I hope no one will think this is childish. For some reason, a lot of us tend to associate “fun” with being “childish,” which is...

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Finding Your Unique Art Style

Finding Your Unique Art Style

As a creative coach I’m often approached by furniture and canvas artists who worry about a saturated market and want to stand out online. The answer is deceptively simple: Find what makes you unique. Yes, I know, that’s a lot easier said than done but it’s the best...

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Green Furniture Inspiration
Green Furniture Inspiration

Green Furniture Inspiration

While green might not be the Pantone Color of the Year (that honor went to Ultimate Grey and Illuminating yellow), it’s definitely the color of spring around here! The color palette for Issue 03 of The Turquoise Iris Journal is entirely shades of green and St....

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