I am so excited to share today’s project with you! A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to be among the first people to try out the brand new Martha Stewart Craft Decorative Paint Line by Plaid. Of course, I jumped at the chance! Who doesn’t love a little Martha in her life?
I was FLOORED as I began looking through the tools I was going to try out! My mind is still spinning with the possibilities. And believe me, there will be PLENTY of projects to come using these tools.
- The stencils are TO DIE! I love the giant ones. And I used the adhesive ones for today’s project.
- The brushes are AMAZING! The quality. Not kidding. I love the quality. (and I MUST try the stripe-ee ones. I will let you know when I do)
- The foam brushes each attach seamlessly to the tops of the paint bottles. Brilliant! (an “I wish I thought of that” moment!)
- And last the best of all the game…..an attachment to turn ANY Martha Stewart Craft Paint into “spray paint”! What? Genius. And beyond thrilling. (and yes….I really do get this excited about paint)
And the paint….my goodness….the paint! Don’t even get me started on how I squeeled about this paint. I just wanted to hold it and swoon over it’s pretty colors.
And get this….
- Over 160 colors in 5 finishes! The satin is LIKE BUTTAH! And I used the High Gloss as well. I have a couple projects on deck using the metallic and glitter too. I could die over the choices. I LOVE choices!
- My FAVORITE thing, by far, is that this paint is specially formulated to be effective on ALL surfaces. Glass, metal, wood, terra cotta, indoors, outdoors, and even dishwasher safe! It’s the most versatile performer ever. It’s way beyond a triple threat. Whew!
So let’s make something….shall we?
It’s starting in on “harvest” season. And I wanted something to take with me when I visit local markets and pick up my stash. I started with a basic Jute tote. It was quite inexpensive. And similar things can be found at most craft stores. (plus, if you’re really ambitious….you could make something similar)
I used freezer paper to create a template design for my bag. You can use a craft knife to cut letters out of your paper, or a digital paper cutter works as well.
I’m not going to give a detailed tutorial on freezer paper on this particular post. But I have a great one HERE where I used it on my sweater.
The thing that was really fun about this design was that I decided to use the negative space. Which meant setting the letters, and painting all around them. It’s really fun to think about a different way to do projects. I love it!
I added the Fabric Medium to my paint. (following the bottle instructions). Even though I doubt this bag will be washed. It’s still smart to do that. The medium allows the paint to stay flexible.
The Martha Stewart stipiling brushes were perfect for this project. (feel free to pause and GASP at how pretty that paint color is….I’ll wait) I used the brushes dry. And blotted them HEAVILY on paper towels before beginning.
- Remember when going for an “aged” look…that you can always add MORE paint. But adding less….is semi-difficult. (that’s a nice way of saying….not gonna work)
Along with the freezer paper technique. I also used a vinyl to stencil on my bushel basket. This one isn’t science, and was wrinkly and wonky. Don’t worry. It will look okay. Just make sure to use an up-and-down motion on your brush, and go slow. It will turn out!
Finally, I used my adhesive Martha Stewart stencil to add a decorative edge to my basket. This one is repositionable….flexible…and FABULOUS! I loved working with it.
I ran straight to the local market and picked up some fresh peaches for my new basket. The yummy smell filled up my whole kitchen. And they barely lasted for the photos. We ate them ALL!!
And I’m pretty much DYING over the “market bag”. I need one in at least 2 more colors! It holds the harvest SO WELL! Nothing cuter than a couple ears of corn sticking out of your bag.
You can find ALL of these amazing Martha Stewart Craft Painting products EXCLUSIVELY at Michael’s Stores. They are available NOW!
Don’t you feel like a little market trip? I do! Stop off at Michael’s first and get some supplies. And eat an ear of corn for me. (or “cob on the corn” as my 4 year old calls it)
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