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Monogrammed Chair Cushions

Monogrammed Chair Cushions

One of my favorite clients gave me this lovely pair of black lacquered chairs (Thank you Michelle H.!). She knows of my current obsession with black and gold and that I had mentioned a few old chairs I was planning to paint black and gold for my kitchen table (but never seem to have the time to work on). So, to save me some time and to add some seating around my table for a bit of entertaining I’ll be doing over the next few weeks (and because she is SO incredibly nice and thoughtful), she generously gave me chairs that were already a pretty black lacquered finish, with woven cloth cushions (of almost a hessian or burlap texture), with black piping. They’re perfect for my table and all ready to go as is…I just wanted to somehow incorporate some gold and perhaps spray Scotchgard to protect the fabric seats from kid fingerprints and food stains…I figured this could be a quick weekend project. After painting two antique travel trunks Michelle had in her bedroom, I was inspired to paint our G monogram onto the chair cushions. I pulled together a bunch of font styles I liked and put it up to my husband and sons for a family vote. Of course, they nixed all the ornate and flourishy script styles and opted for a traditional, but bold, serif font. My eight year-old, Mason, even sketched out his own typography style with his new favorite technique…shading and drop shadows. I was hoping for something a little softer, so I found a nice G in one of my clipart books, which the family agreed upon (as long as I got rid of the fancy floral motif and added a drop shadow, per Mason). I printed the G out to size onto card stock and hand-cut a stencil, taped it into place onto one chair and painted in the monogram using a mixture of Modern Masters Brass and Champagne gold metallic paints. After painting the gold, I removed the stencil and cleaned up the edges with a small brush. While the gold paint dried, I used some Rub N Buff to highlight the black lacquer and accentuate the shape of the chairs. I’ve been using Rub N Buff for 10+ years, it’s always in my painting and crafting tool box.  It’s an easy and inexpensive way to add a permanent metallic (simulating a gilded/gold leaf) finish to almost any surface. I’ve use it for picture frames, light fixtures, lamps, raised carved areas of wood appliqués, furniture or molding…even on costume jewelry and candles. It’s super easy to apply with a fingertip, dries almost instantly, and it can be buffed or polished to the desired finish. When the gold paint on the cushion was dry to the touch (about 20 minutes), I hand-painted a thin black outline with watered down acrylic paint. Then, per my son’s request, I added a “drop shadow” using very watered down black paint (it was basically the water I used to rinse the brush with the black paint). All in all, the project took me about 2 hours (a quick project that I worked on before we left for a friend’s party on Memorial Day). After my husband protects the cushions with some Scotchgard, these monogrammed chairs will be ready to take their place at our kitchen table....

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Best Mom Ever Printable and Giveaway

Best Mom Ever Printable and Giveaway

Hello, Friends!  I’ve missed you!!!  It’s been a while since my last post (um, Valentine’s I think). It’s the busiest season for my business, so I haven’t had a chance to work on any of the posts or personal projects I’ve had planned. If you follow Love Paper Paint on Instagram or Facebook, you might have noticed that I post quite often each day with photos of recent work, my current 365 project (#inspiration365 or #2013inspiration365 where I share iphone pics of things that inspire me in my daily life), and lots and lots of pictures of food! With Mother’s Day just a week away, I quickly whipped up a free printable to share with any of you who would like a card to give to your BEST MOM EVER. Or perhaps, YOU are the Best Mom Ever and this is just a visual reminder of your awesomeness!  So feel free to print it out, hang it up on the fridge or family bulletin board…and give yourself a pat on the back, high five or fist pump for being such an amazing Momma!  You deserve it! The card is hand-lettered and watercolored, scanned and then placed into a card template. The pdf links are at the end of this post. The first printable file is set up with crop marks as 7″ X 10″, so once you print to 8.5″ X 11″, just cut according to the crop marks and fold in half to create a standard 5″ X 7″ card. Depending on the weight of the card stock you’re using, you may want to score it before folding.  You can also cut out just the artwork and mount to a folded card you already have (a coordinating colored card stock would be pretty).  The second file is the artwork sized to 8″ X 10″ with crop marks, to print out as a sign, suitable for framing. To thank you for your support on Instagram and Facebook (and for tolerating the insane amount of food pics I post on IG), I’m giving away the original 8″ X 10″ illustration.  To be entered in the GIVEAWAY, just follow Love Paper Paint on Instagram or Facebook!  If you already do, then just post a comment on the Instagram or Facebook post relating to this giveaway so I know if you’re even interested in winning the artwork. A winner will be randomly chosen from the post comments on both IG and FB and any new likes/followers. I want to make sure to mail the card out as soon as possible, so that the winner of the giveaway can give it to Mom on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12), which means that this giveaway is only offered to U.S. residents. It will be need to be shipped USPS Priority Mail on Wednesday at the latest, so the winner will be chosen and announced on Tuesday, May 7th. If you are chosen, I’ll need your mailing address so I can ship out Wednesday, May 8th. Thanks again for your support of Love Paper Paint.  Give Mom a hug for me.  Happy Mother’s Day! Much love, Katie BEST MOM EVER 8X10 BEST MOM EVER...

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Best Love Story Ever

Best Love Story Ever

There are so many wonderful love stories in books and movies, but my favorite is the one from Disney Pixar’s “Up”. I am inspired, touched and brought to tears every time I watch this beautiful and heart-warming movie. I am amazed by how eloquently this animated feature tells the ultimate love story between Ellie and Carl, in under eight minutes and without any dialogue…better than any book has done in hundreds of pages or any movie in hours of film. The messages of love, friendship, loyalty and living a life inspired by adventure and passion are codes by which we should all live and love. So in celebration of Valentine’s Day and as a nod to my sentiments on the LOVE I strive to express in my relationships with family and friends, and my passion for my work, this post is a fun homage to the stories of love in Up. On one of our first days of summer break this past May (2012), my two sons and I watched Up for the umpteenth time (and yes, I cried…again). My younger son, Isaac (then 5 years-old) exclaimed that we should make a house out of cardboard, attach balloons and play “Up”…he would be Mr. Fredricksen, Mason would be Russell, and I would be Ellie (or Kevin or Dug later if needed). So the very next day, my husband constructed a small house out of two large cardboard moving boxes, and the boys and I hand-painted it. We attached a bunch of balloons we had leftover from birthday parties (just blew them up, no helium, and attached to the roof with a wire coat hanger) and it was ready for our adventure! My sister Julie, and niece, Paige, came over to check it out. Paige wanted to play too, so she took over as Ellie. It was so dang adorable that we couldn’t resist having a little Up-inspired photo shoot. The kids quickly threw together their outfits and props (PJ brought a few things over) and Julie snapped a few pictures (it was literally just a couple of minutes)…and then they resumed playing Up. Here are some of the unedited shots Julie took. It was so much fun…and I think Isaac makes the perfect Mr. Fredricksen. Adventure is out there…may you all find and share it with the ones you love! Happy Valentine’s Day! Photos by Lot116...

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FREE Love Paper Paint Valentines

FREE Love Paper Paint Valentines

I’m kinda into hearts and love and all that warm and fuzzy, lovey-dovey stuff (in case you couldn’t tell)…after all, there is a heart in my logo and my business is called “LOVE” Paper Paint. 🙂 I’m so lucky I get to show LOVE through the work I do each day: creating invitations for beautiful weddings and announcements for life’s special moments (love-fests); painting finishes and creating artwork for families and their cozy havens (love-nests). While I find that I design and send out a lot of save the dates, invitations and announcements in the month of February, I haven’t really done Valentine’s cards. This year I thought I’d put together a few of my own designs and share them with you, just for fun! Print them out onto 8.5″ X 11″ card stock or paper and cut into 4.25″ X 5.5″ pieces. You can layer onto colored card stock or use them as gift tags for goodies. There are four designs on each of two files, for a total of EIGHT custom designed Valentine’s printables from me to you. Print them for your kids to hand out to classmates, share them with your family, friends and co-workers. Feel free to Pin the link to Pinterest. It’s my way of showing some love to all of you who support my work. Plus, I think they’re pretty dang adorable, it would make my day to know that you used them to show some love too. (I’d love to see what you do with them, so if you Instagram…snap a pic and hashtag #lovepaperpaint) LovePaperPaint Valentine Printable LovePaperPaint Valentines Printable These printables were custom designed by Love Paper Paper and are free for your personal use only. Please feel free to print, share with family and friends, but do not reproduce these printables online or for sale. The viewing, printing or downloading of any content, graphic, or template from Love Paper Paint is for your own personal use and not for republication, distribution, assignment, sale, preparation of derivative works or other use. No part of any content, form or document may be reproduced in any form other than for personal use. Graphics within the templates cannot be pulled, copied, or ripped from the templates in any way. If you’d like to share this post, please link to this post directly for the DIY/printable link. Thank...

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Twelve of 2012 – PAPER

Twelve of 2012 – PAPER

This post was meant for the first week of January as a recap of some of my favorite projects of 2012, but since 2013 is already off to a good start with project bookings and some exciting new opportunities, there was a slight delay in putting my top picks together. It takes quite some time for me to go through an entire year’s worth of party invitations, weddings, graphic design, murals and decorative painting projects. I have a special connection to each and every project, so it’s difficult to narrow things down…I love them all! As I scrolled through each month’s worth of (iphone) photos I had taken of my work (some of which were already posted on my Instagram and Facebook pages throughout the year), I was reminded of all the terrifically unique projects and wonderfully amazing clients I had the opportunity to work with. Thank you to everyone who chose to work with Love Paper Paint in 2012. I know with all the online printing sites, DIY blogs, Pinterest, and Etsy…there are a lot of alternatives and options at your finger tips for everything from creating paper goods to decorative painting ideas. So I appreciate the value you place on my work when you support artisans, design professionals, and licensed contractors like me. Thank you, thank you, thank you…from the bottom of my heart! 2012 wasn’t exactly my favorite year (I won’t elaborate…just moving forward with optimism), but I am grateful for the many great things I do have in my life…my loving family, our health and happiness, and the passion I have for what I do as a designer and artist. There will be a separate post of my Fave Twelve of 2012, for PAINT. So here they are, my FAVE TWELVE of 2012, for PAPER: (In no particular order. All photos were taken with my iphone, some have filters from Instagram. Descriptions are below each image)… These elaborate Harry Potter themed invitations are so RAD, I’m hoping my kids will want this theme for a party one day so I can recreate them. The boxed invitations featured a scrolled and hand-aged “acceptance letter” with gold-painted dowels/caps; a custom designed “Book of Spells” containing clues for the party; pencils that were hand-painted to look like wood-grained broomsticks (with raffia bristles); printed “scarf” box liner and metal owl charm embellishment. The invitations and paper goods for this vintage milk and cookies themed party were so cute, I could eat them up! What a delicious idea for a party…and so much fun to design for. Attached to the hand-cut invitation “cartouche” were circle card “cookies” featuring the birthday girl’s photo. Lace was HUGE in 2012. I designed countless completely different wedding ensembles utilizing lace as a graphic motif or embellishment. From a rustic vintage vibe using burlap and lace accents, to glamorous elegance with a blind-embossed lace motif and beautiful letterpress…lace was one of my most versatile and top-requested elements for 2012 weddings. I was thrilled when my friend Jeff’s daughter, Makala, asked me to help design her Sweet 16 party. And even more excited when she said she was going for a vintage carnival vibe (LOVE) in my favorite color combination (red, mustard yellow, and teal/turquoise). Her party was so much fun and everything was bright and festive and pretty…just as a Sweet 16 should be. While the design of this midnight blue and gold wedding ensemble may seem like simple and understated elegance, these invitations were probably one of the most costly and extravagantly printed invitations I’ve ever created! The invitation cards were custom ENGRAVED by THE one...

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