My Week

This week has been a good one. I have a fantastic Staalmeester Brush Giveaway and @howtopaintlikeapro hit 20,000 members!

 If you are on my mailing list you are in with a chance of winning!   www.fionadebell.com

If you are on my mailing list you are in with a chance of winning!  www.fionadebell.com

Not only that, but 3 Incredible blogs have inspired me this week. I want to share them with you - each has loads of tips, information, and great learning opportunities!

If you want to be in with a chance of winning one of the brushes, or just want to be first to get updates and information, you can join my mailing list:

 

My thinking goes something like this...if I find them helpful, then surely you will too!


blogs i love

Every week I spend an inordinate amount of time reading blog posts and sucking up all the helpfulness contained in them. This week 3 blogs in particular stood out for me. I have linked each below - enjoy!


FINDING SILVER PENNIES

The first blog to have me, quite literally drooling this week was from the very talented and extremely helpful Daniell of Finding Silver Pennies. This step by step blog on the restoration of an Empire Dresser rings so many bells with me.

Clearly, this was a challenging piece - hop over by clicking here and see just how much of a challenge. 

I think it turned out beautifully! See the full blog here.


LOST & FOUND DECOR

The second of my choices this week is an exceedingly helpful blog post from the lovely Melanie of Lost and Found Decor. Although this is a post from earlier in the year, it addresses questions that come up on 'Pro all the time.

The blog title is the perfect place to start, 'When and How to use Antique Glaze or Dark Wax on your Painted Furniture'. So many of us struggle to glaze or worry about wax - Melanie has some great tips and little tricks to help you out!

 Dark Wax and Glazing - we get daily questions about this. Click here for the full blog post from Melanie.

Dark Wax and Glazing - we get daily questions about this. Click here for the full blog post from Melanie.


ORPHANS WITH MAKEUP

My third pick this week is from the very, very talented Mary of Orphans with Makeup, (isn't that the most perfect name for a blog about Furniture refinishing?). 

The title of Mary's post is 'LIGHTENING UP A DARK CARVED INDIAN ARMOIRE WITH PAINT'. I don't think the post needs any further introduction other than to say Mary very cleverly used her Raw Silk from Fusion Mineral Paint under Raw Silk Milk Paint from Homestead House - you will have to find out why by reading the blog!

 LIGHTENING UP A DARK CARVED INDIAN ARMOIRE WITH PAINT  Click here for the full blog post.

LIGHTENING UP A DARK CARVED INDIAN ARMOIRE WITH PAINT Click here for the full blog post.

I hope you enjoy these blogs - more importantly I hope you pick up an idea or are inspired to try something new!


Back to 'How to paint Like a Pro'

Back in May I launched a Facebook Group called 'How to Paint Like a Pro'.  It was just a little something I had been thinking about for a while. I wanted a safe place where we furniture artisans could share our work and techniques and learn from one another.

I know that you may well be a regular on 'How to paint Like a Pro' and I wanted to share a little about why I started the group.

The premise of 'Pro', is to inspire and encourage Furniture Painters - new and experienced - to try as many products and stretch our ideas as far possible. The name says it all.

20000 members of How to Paint Like a pro

Now we are 20,000 strong. This is astounding to me and I am very thankful that so many of you enjoy the group and are both able to ask questions and learn from one another.

The more engaged members we have, the easier it is for me to twist the arms of some of those incredible bloggers, paint manufacturers and inspirational artisans to share their knowledge with us. I hope you love the LIVE DEMO's and Q&A's as much as I love bringing them to you!

If you do have a moment and happen to be on 'Pro - I would love it if you shared the group from your Facebook account!

 

I also have to tell you that I didn't do this alone. I am extremely lucky to have a group of talented Furniture Artists in my corner.

Without their dedication to the group and the ability to moderate whilst I sleep - yes we operate in 3 different timezones - the page would not be half as great as it is.

 Check out @howtopaintlikeapro on Facebook - it is an incredible Learning Resource.

Check out @howtopaintlikeapro on Facebook - it is an incredible Learning Resource.

So a huge 'thank you' to Hayley, Sharon, Sarah, Natasha, Julie & Jennylyn. Future Posts will feature each of these amazing women - but for now, please hop on over to their pages, by clicking on their names and show them some love!

Everything we do on Pro really helps to educate the members and give true confidence that the information provided in the group is true and factual.

 How to paint Like a Pro is a Facebook Group dedicated to learning and knowledge for Furniture Painters

How to paint Like a Pro is a Facebook Group dedicated to learning and knowledge for Furniture Painters

That's all from me for now - I hope you find something useful here - and good luck - who knows, you could be a Staalmeester Brush winner!

fiona