Today will be a quick blog. I am still working on my painting project and making some progress, but I think it will take me at least until the end of the week to finish. So far, so good though and I am really getting excited seeing the pieces come to life.
We had some errands in Digby yesterday, which meant taking the time to make the drive into town. It may not seem like a lot, but with so much to do here, it always seems to be a big deal to get away for even part of the day. We try to let the errands accumulate so that we are knocking off a lot of things at once and using our time wisely. The more efficient we are the more we can accomplish. And that seems the name of the game lately.
When we arrived home, I got a surprise box delivered from DecoArt. I am in their Helping Artists’ program which they offer for designers to learn about their new products and they also supply us with samples to try and use in our designing. This is a great benefit to everyone because not only does it allow us to see and try new products, but it also allows us to make suggestions and give DecoArt feedback so that they can make their products better.
I have been involved in several different programs like this from various companies throughout the fifteen plus years that I have been designing and I have never worked with a company so dedicated to designers and making their products the highest quality possible. They are generous with their supplies and they do listen to what we suggest and work to make their products the best on the market, while keeping the cost of them low. It is a win/win/win for the company itself, me as a designer, and most importantly – my customers and those who use their products to create my designs.
I feel great about recommending DecoArt products to anyone. They are reasonable in cost, high quality and they are very easy to find. If you can’t find them at your local stores, they now have a full line of all their products available to order online at www.decoart.com. That means that even people who are like me and live in remote areas can purchase exactly the product and colors they need without any hassle. I think that is really important.
I also know that when I recommend a product that they produce, my customers will not only get a high quality product, but also there is great customer support if they have any issues or questions regarding the products. There is always someone there to answer questions and DecoArt does have customer support for both me as the designer and customers to directly contact them regarding all of their lines of paint and other products.
The box I received contained the new Metallic waxes that I talked about last week. I will be using these probably as soon as I am done with this set of ornaments and I plan to do an in-depth review on them soon. These are really cool because they are metallic waxes that you rub on with a cloth or a sponge, as you would apply a paste wax. The colors are deep an amazing and I can see many applications for them in the woodworking world. They are really beautiful!
I also received samples of their new Multi-Purpose Satin paints which are going to be great for several types of projects, including yard and outdoor projects. They are paints that can be used on almost any surface, and need no primer and require no sealer at all. They are supposed to have great adhesion and last in the elements, and I think that they will be great for those who enjoy doing outdoor projects and decorating. My head is already spinning with ideas as to how I can use them.
The colors are just amazing, too! They are bright and cheerful and are going to be great fun to play with! I will also be reviewing them as I get a chance to use them and let you know my thoughts on them.
There are other new products too, such as a new chalkboard paint that you apply to glass pieces. This will be great for jars and other applications and while it may not excite my woodworking followers, I find that many of you who read don’t just follow one path of creativity and love to do multiple types of creating.
So now my “to do” list just got longer! (Who needs to sleep anyway?) I am even more excited than I usually am and I can’t wait to get to using all of these beautiful products.
So it is off to paint now, and while I am doing so I am dreaming of the next scroll sawing project and planning it out in my head. I hope you all have fun today and do something that is fun and makes you happy.
Have a great Tuesday!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"