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Viking Woodcrafts Blog - February 28, 2021

Viking Woodcrafts Blog - February 28, 2021

Another month has passed and spring is almost here. A time for rebirth. A great time to be a creative soul! Here is to a wonderful season and some awesome projects!

Here at Viking we have been busy. We recently unveiled our all new roster of brand ambassadors, exclusive designers, stamp and stencil designers and our Tole-tally brush art box project designers. Please welcome these very talented people and watch for some great things from them in the future!

This month on the blog we want to promote a new from Marlene Fudge, Exclusive Designer for Viking Woodcrafts. Using our rectangular wire basket with bottles she has come up with a perfect welcome to spring along with a reversible design for the winter season. This pattern packet will be available soon on the Viking website.

 

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Viking's sister company, Painting World Magazine, has some exciting news. We are expanding...

Keep checking the website! Have a great March!

 

Photo Credits - Typewriter, Markus Winkler

                         Floral Background, Andrew Small

  • Diane Marie Kellogg
Viking Woodcrafts Blog - January 31, 2021

Viking Woodcrafts Blog - January 31, 2021

Be sure to look for Viking exclusive designer Marlene Fudge's awesome free pattern for this piece below...

Viking Woodcrafts Blog December 23, 2020

The staff and crew at Viking Woodcrafts want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Hello! It is hard to believe we have come to the end of the year...and what a year it has been. Things changed worldwide for so many, a pandemic was not on the schedule but we have managed as best we can.
The creative world faced many challenges...shortages and more but a new world has slowly developed, with online interaction more important than ever.
From ordering to learning,  taking classes to being entertained,  it seems the internet provided connections to the art world we so decidedly love.
Here at Viking we unveiled a new website, which we are still working on, to make ordering much easier for you. Look for new items along with better inventory as time passes and production returns to normal. Our sister company, Painting World Magazine, has many new and fun innovations. Some already online, such as the Tole-tally Brushed Art Box Kits, that come complete with a Viking Woodcrafts surface with others coming soon.
Please note the following...
Normal hours will return on January 4th, 2021.
We would like to extend congratulations and a special welcome to our new brand ambassadors, our exclusive designers, our TBAB designers and our stamp and stencil designers. This wonderful collection of talent will be bringing you the best in design and techniques, compliments of Viking Woodcrafts.
Product of the Month...
These wonderfully shaped snowflakes are now available for all your Winter projects. Keep the season sparkling until Spring. 
Keep an eye on the Viking Woodcrafts Blog for updates, new product and fun projects!
UPDATE! Our grand reopening winner was to have been announced on Facebook on December 10th, 2020. Due to unforeseen circumstance our winner will be announced after our holiday break.
Happy Holidays!

Viking Woodcrafts Blog - November 25, 2020

Viking Woodcrafts Blog - November 25, 2020

Welcome to another fun issue of the Viking Woodcrafts Blog! As we get ready for a big day tomorrow here in the states we would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Be sure to check out our product of the month and the corresponding project of the month.

Enjoy!

Viking’s Surface of the Month!

Our featured surface this month is our Succulent Holder Frame. Available in two sizes, this exciting new surface gives a lot of space for your handpainted treasures or your mixed-media projects. Use real succulent plants in the grids or use artificial greenery. Think outside the box and use the grid for something new! Tracy Moreau has created a fun chicken design. (Contact Tracy at tracymoreau@me.com for more information.) Be sure to check out the free mixed-media pattern for this piece in this issue of the blog.

 

 

Viking’s Project of the Month!

This fun and easy mixed media design for the Succulent Holder Frame boxes has been created by Diane Marie Kellogg of Oil Creek Originals. Combining our surface and collage paper, along with some stenciling and some ‘coloring book’ style painting, you can easily create a lovely gift or home decoration.

Supplies

Viking Woodcrafts Succulent Holder Frames, 8” and 11”.

https://vikingwoodcrafts.com/collections/new-items/products/succulent-vase-frame

Tim Holtz Collage Paper – Forest (Search online. You can also use different prints or paper napkins. I have even stamped tracing paper and used that for this technique.)

Tim Holtz Stencil #THS032 Flourish (Search online.)

DecoArt Glamour Dust – Crystal & Gold, mix evenly.

Greenery/Florals

Emery Board/Nail File

Palette Decoart

Americana Acylics – Burlap, Lamp Black

Americana  Multi-Surface Satin – Green Beret, Dark Scarlet

DecoArt Americana Décor Matte Metallics – Bronze

Media Fluid Acrylics – Sap Green, Viridian, Primary Magenta, Quinacridone Red, Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Dairylide Yellow

DecoArt Media Matte Medium

DecoArt Americana Matte Spray

DecoArt Clear Brush-on Varnish

Brushes – Royal & Langnickel

Aqualon: Glaze/Wash, Series R2700, 8/4" (For base coating larger areas.)

Angular Shader, Series R2160 , 1/2" (For shading and high lighting.)

Round. Series R2250 - 4 or 8 (For base coating smaller areas.)

Liner, Series 4200M – 30/0 0r 20/0 Mini Majestic Brush (For line work.)

Soft Grip: White Blending Mop, series SG1400, 1/2" (If desired, for blending.)

Directions -

Step 1 – Base the fronts with Burlap. Use two coats. Base sides with Multi- Surface Dark Scarlet for the larger box and Multi-Surface Green Beret for the smaller one. Once again, using two or three coats for good coverage. The interior may be finished as desired.

Stencil top and sides using the stencil and the matte metallic Bronze. Paint Grids with Matte Metallic Bronze.

Cut the collage paper to fix boxes, you may have to use two pieces. Don’t worry about matching the pattern. Using the matte medium and a large brush, apply a layer of medium to the front of the box. Apply the collage paper, working quickly, and being sure to push out all wrinkles and create a smooth surface. Let edge overlap the box being careful not to allow any excess medium to go over the edge. Once dry, take an emery board and sand off the very edges, pushing away from the center towards the edge.

Once dry, use the Fluid Acrylics to add a wash of color, thinned with water. The pine needles and holly leaves are Viridian, the smaller needles are Sap Green. The pine cones and any stems are Burnt Umber. The thicker ‘knobby’ type plants are done with the Quinacridone Burnt Orange. The larger berries on these are done with the Dairylide Yellow. The berries on the pine needles near the pinecones are done with the Quinacridone Red and the smaller berries on the others are done with the Primary Magenta.

The lettering is done with Lamp Black, the highlight is done with the Matte Metallic Bronze. Use clear varnish to add glitter to lettering, apply varnish as shown in the photo where glitter lies, and working quickly, sprinkle glitter on while wet. Do one section at a time. Once dry, spray the entire frame with matte spray.

For florals in the grid, you can use your choice of florals, succulents, air ferns, etc. Artificial florals work well. I also used some reindeer moss. Another idea…pull pieces of ribbon through the grids to create a ‘bow’.

 

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  • Diane Marie Kellogg