Dimensional wall panels review from CSI Wall Panels, Art studio wall treatment DIY

using wall panels for art wall

I was recently offered the opportunity to review CSI wall panels
and they provided me with a box of their unique textured wall tiles
for the purpose of this review.

If you are not familiar with CSI their website states
"CSI Wall Panels is a leading designer, manufacturer and installer of
 decorative wall panels offering solutions for an impactful and rich outcome 
to the space that tells your story on the walls."

I was excited to use them because they are eco friendly,
have an A+ rating on VOC emissions, are paintable and lightweight.
Sounds perfect.

art studio wall makeover
I had recently been mulling over solutions to better photograph
my pieces like this botanical mosaic and this sounded like the ideal solution.

In my home studio, I already have a good sized wall space with two windows
opposite for great natural light but as you can see, hanging different sized art pieces to 
video and photograph has left a messy wall with lots of different nails, 
hooks and smudges... not cool.

how to cover nail holes in wall diy
See what I mean?
I can edit them out in photos but it really doesn't look 
pretty or professional in my Youtube videos.

textured mdf wall panels box
I chose the textured basketweave design and received 10 panels 
in the box. The panels are 19.68" x 19.68" and made of MDF wood fiber.
3mm thick on flat areas and up to 1/2" on dimensional areas.

mdf thin textured wall panels
They are very thin and lightweight.

spray primer for textured wall panels
As shown in above pic, they come in the natural MDF color so I 
started by priming with Rustoleum spray primer in white.

painting textured wall panels before installation
I decided to go with neutral white in semi gloss and rolled on
a couple of coats after the primer.

diy installing textured wall panels csi
You simply draw out level lines vertically and horizontally to 
start placing the panels. I'm only using 9 of the 10 panels to create a 
background of 3 panels across and 3 panels tall which is just
about a 5 foot square on my wall.

construction adhesive
You can use any construction adhesive to place the panels on the wall.
We started with this Loctite construction adhesive but then went with
Liquid Nails because it seemed to hold and set up more quickly.

basketweave wall design
Of course you can create an entire textured wall with these panels
that would look amazing, they have a lot of different designs.

textured mdf wall panels
This painted square is a great solution for me and
I can easily hide nail holes and touch up with paint if needed.

If I were applying a focal area like this in the home, I would
probably frame the entire piece in wood for a finished look but
in this case, the edges won't be seen.

spray painted nails to disguise them
If you were placing these in your home and needed to hang something
on the panels, you would probably want to use the Command type removeable
adhesive/hooks instead of drilling a hole.
For my wall, I intend on placing the majority of my nails in the 
middle seam to camouflage holes. I spray painted a few nails white so 
that if any happened to be captured in a video, they won't be noticeable.

csi wall panels textured wall panels
The textured design looks great.

crab mosaic on textured wall
I tested it out by hanging my latest crab mosaic.

csi wall panels on gallery wall
I'm so happy with the look. It's clean, yet interesting and unobtrusive
for photographing my mosaics and the best part...no more 
nail holes and smudges.
Thanks for reading!

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Abstract and Colorful Flower Paintings and Mini Paintings

colorful dragonfly painting
Happy 2017!

I started this year by lightening up and having a little fun with 
some colorful paintings.

dragonfly with graffiti wings
I've worked with layering paint to create designs before like this

distressed table leg dragonfly
show how to create this look using a block of wood and paint.

recycled architectural angel sculpture with layered paint finish
I used the same block painting technique on this 
recycled architectural angel to give it an antique feel.

A few months ago while in bed with a cold, I watched 
Carrie Schmitt Surprise Garden online video course. 
It's about an hour long and well worth the $20 bucks.
It gets your mind flowing about different ways to utilize
paint layering techniques.

colorful bug paintings
I started with these three.
They were painted on 16 x 16 cradled wood panels that I made.
See the video on my You Tube Channel.

scarab beetle painting

colorful flower painting

textured gold leaf beetle painting

textured dragonfly painting
A dragonfly...

fun, colorful dragonfly painting
I added gold metal leafing for a little sparkle.

colorful flower painting
It's fun seeing what direction the painting takes you.

abstract dragonfly painting
Second dragonfly (sold)

flower and vine painting

colorful flower painting
I love the colors and texture in these.

textured abstract flower paintings
This pair is made on 12 x 24 canvas. Sold individually but 
they look great together. See them in my shop or check them 
out on You Tube.

whimsical flowers
Lots of orange and pinks in this flower painting.

layered paint flowers

textured painting

whimsical flower paintings
Perfect for the colorful home, a nursery or girl's room.
See it on Etsy.

abstract layered paint


abstract flowers



Fresh Art...
Oh! I just added these adorable mini paintings to the shop too.
They are 4" x 4" canvases, include a mini wood easel and 
FREE First Class shipping.
See them all under "mini paintings" section in my shop.

mini dragonfly painting
The perfect size for a desk, bedside, dresser or shelf and just right
for gift giving.

gift wrap option
Thanks for taking a look!

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Have a colorful day!

Santa Hat Decor DIY Tall Whimsical Santa Hats

Santa hat decor
This little project all started when I saw a Facebook post from one of my
sweet nieces that she was looking for ideas to decorate her 
fireplace mantel for Christmas.

whimsical Santa hat
Someone shared a photo of their mantel with two
whimsical Santa hats they purchased at Cracker Barrel
one year but they were no longer available.

Christmas decor Santa Hats on fireplace mantel
That post inspired me to try and create a couple of hats for her 
and hoping they will look something like this when I'm done!

I'm planning on making them about 24" tall but narrow
enough to fit on a mantel.

DIY Santa hat using aluminum screen and wire
I stopped at Lowe's and bought a roll of aluminum window screen
48" x 84" for $10 and a roll of duct tape. I wasn't exactly sure of my process 
at this point but thought I may need duct tape for it!

I stopped by Hobby Lobby looking for red fabric and found a 
beautiful stretchy red velvet 50% off and bought 1 yard.
I also found great curly white fur that I thought would look
great for the hat trim. I bought 1/8 yard for under $2.

wood circles for Santa hats
I drew a circle on scrap plywood and cut out with jigsaw.
I used a gallon paint can as my template so they are about 8" diameter.

Diy Santa hat with aluminum screen
I used a staple gun to attach the screen to the wood circle.
Use the smooth machine edge of the screen at the bottom, no need to cut the 
screen at this point, just start stapling around the wood circle.

staple gun wire to wood circle for Santa hat
Since I was stapling into plywood, I tried to place my staples
on an angle so they will be less likely to wiggle out.

Tall Santa hat decor DIY
You will end up with a 48" tall tube of wire on a wood circle base.

Whimsical Santa hats with wire and fabric
These next instructions are really just me winging it since
I shaped and molded and figured out the design as I went.

I realized the aluminum wire was not quite as substantial
as I envisioned so I used pieces of newspaper end rolls
to beef it up. I glued the first bit down with the glue gun,
probably not necessary but it's what I did!
I get these newspaper end rolls from my local newspaper 
office for $1 each and use them for shipping my Etsy items.

sew aluminum screen pieces with wire for Santa hat
To secure the screen together, I wove small pieces of 20 gauge
wire through both screen pieces and folded the ends of 
the wire back into the hat shape using needle nose pliers.

This is what I used, I happened to have it on hand.

Santa hat decor DIY
As you go along, stuffing paper, and "sewing" your screen together with the 
wire pieces, you will want to keep standing it up to make sure you are liking
the shape it is taking and that it is standing straight.

As you get closer to the top, you have to put your hand inside the cone
shape to really start twisting it tighter and smaller.

Diy Santa hat whimsical white and red with screen
I ended up cutting some of the bulk of the screen off when I was
getting to the end to be able to make it small enough.
I saved this chunk of screen I cut from each hat to create the 
pom pom ball for the tip of the hat.

Santa hat shape for decor
In addition to "sewing" the screen with the wire pieces, I also used duct tape
as I got closer to the top to help get that pointy shape.

Santa hat made with aluminum mesh and fabric
I used duct tape on a couple of other areas that were kind of "pokey" 
from the cut edges of the aluminum . Just use it as necessary and you
 may could use duct tape for the whole piece without the wire "sewing" part.

At this point I was thinking of using spray adhesive to adhere the fabric
but it was dark and cold out and I was working in the studio and
didn't want to spray or smell that adhesive inside. 

DIY Santa hat
I decided to use more of the newspaper end rolls and Mod Podge
to decoupage a final layer on the hat forms.
And then I remembered that I really dislike decoupaging
but I had already started so I kept going.

I only used one layer of paper. I left them to dry in my heated room 
for about an hour and they were dry and ready to go.

creating Santa hat decor
I used hot glue to secure the red fabric at the base and worked my
way around the form. I only used the glue at the bottom, the very top
point of the hat and at the seam I created.

The glue did seep through and leave a mark on my fabric at
the bottom but it will be covered with the white fur trim.

Santa hat how to
I made a seam using hot glue along the side of the hat to secure the ends together.

Santa hat diy pom pom
I know I took a photo of the ball making process but they weren't in
my photos...not sure what happened!
I shaped the scrap screen pieces into a ball shape, "sewed" the ball
top closed with wire and left the end of the wire exposed. They looked
like metal lollipops.
I used hot glue to cover the balls with the white trim and stuck the 
exposed wire end into the hat tip and secured with more hot glue.

Whimsical Santa hats
I think they turned out pretty cute and will get these in the mail to her.
They are about 27" tall, 8" diameter and are lightweight but stand sturdily.
I spend under $20 to make 2 hats and it took just a few hours.

diy Christmas Santa hats on fireplace mantel
Here they are in her home on her fireplace mantel.

Whimsical Santa hat decor
Thanks for reading about my Santa hats!

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