You know how much I love teaming up with companies. In this case the company is Plaid, the peeps behind Mod Podge and the new Martha Stewart glass paints and stencils. Together we're giving all you Craftside readers an opportunity to win copies of some of our latest titles and Plaid's newest products. This post also shows off a fun Halloween project I made with inspiration from the books and using some of the great Plaid products!
You can get yourself in the running to win this first prize package that contains:
3 ways to WIN:
1. Leave a comment here in this post by Midnight ET on Thursday,October 25, 2012 telling us what you are thinking about crafting up this holiday season.
2. "Like" us on Facebook and give us a "shout out" over there.
3. Join our mailing list (top right column of the blog).
Now comes the "double" part of the double giveaway. You can get yourself in the running to score this second prize package over at the Paint Me Plaid Blog.
-A copy of the book Daring Adventures in Paint: Find Your Flow, Trust Your Path, and Discover Your Authentic Voice-Techniques for Painting, Sketching, and Mixed Media
-An assortment of new Martha Stewart glass paints (Available exclusively at Michaels)/
-Glass Paint Squegees (available exclusively at Michaels)
-1 Glass Silkscreen (available exclusively at Michaels)
So I was flipping through Acrylic Fusion: Experimenting with Alternative Methods for Painting, Collage, and Mixed Media and Daring Adventures in Paint: Find Your Flow, Trust Your Path, and Discover Your Authentic Voice-Techniques for Painting, Sketching, and Mixed Media and these pages are what started me down my creative process.
Here is how I made my Halloween jar lamp:
I used the Martha Stewart black glass paint to make the jack-o-lantern face on the recycled mason jar. It worked great because it has a tiny tip. I filled the jar with candy corn.
I found an old lamp shade that I thought I could recycle for this project. I didn't think the red roses looked right so I used a brush tip Sharpie to color them black. Worked like a charm.
All that was left to do was assemble the lamp and plug it in!
This is my treat to all you Craftside readers!
More about the books:
Free yourself from traditional approaches to painting and get motivated to explore new techniques! This unique guide exposes you to a diverse range of alternative methods, unconventional processes, and the integration of unique materials that stimulate creativity and encourage experimentation.
Dan Tranberg is an award-winning artist, writer, and critic currently based in Cleveland, Ohio. His writing has appeared in national and international publications including Art in America, NY Arts, ArtUS, BOMB, Glass, and Art on Paper, and he has been a frequent contributor to The Plain Dealer. Since 2000, he has taught painting and writing at the renowned Cleveland Institute of Art. Visit him online at www.dantranberg.com.
Daring Adventures in Paint is a colorful, whimsical adventure of a book that explores inspirational paint and mixed-media techniques. Written by the well-loved artist/illustrator/blogger Mati Rose McDonough, this book's approach to making art is a bit like uncovering a hidden treasure, a treasure that resides within each aspiring artist. Through a myriad of both practical applications and creative exercises, Mati shows artists how to "find their magic"—the place of confidence from which they can access the vision of what they want to share with the world.
Mati has also been included in several magazines and books including features in Artful Blogging magazine and The Handmade Marketplace book. www.matirose.com.