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Acrylic Paint Dirty Pour over Terra Cotta Pot, Canvas and Glass

Dirty Pour Acrylic Paint has to be the coolest name…         

I normally decoupage everything I can get my hands on as most of you know. But I’m also a crafter, a painter and an experimenter. I watch Youtube Video’s just like you. When I accidentally stumbled across a video called Beginners Dirty pour acrylic paints, I had to watch it. Not only did that title pull me in but the image they were showing on youtube was beautiful. It looked like something that you would find if you were able to go to the center of the earth. I also noticed some of the paintings looked like beautiful skies or sunsets, mountain sides when you see the whole range of colors in those solid rocks that have slid away revealing these gorgeous works of art that are just there! I knew I had to try this and so I did. Not only did I love it from the very first time, I kept on doing it and doing it and I’m so hooked on it, I have to find time to do my decoupage. I’m serious, this is addictive! 

There are several amazing artists on youtube who do these acrylic pours and while most of them stick to a few staple supplies, they all have different ways of making these, over different surfaces using different additives. If you’re just beginning a very good place to start is with MIXED MEDIA GIRL / she’s very thorough and easy to understand. I like her way of making video’s too. She’s very relaxing and pleasant. I don’t know her but I’ve watched so many of her videos. There are several other video’s out there too though so if you’re in interested in this feel free to search them all out. You’ll be amazed! 

Have fun with this guys, in time I’ll make a video showing you how I used my decoupage papers over this surface, and I’m adding my designs to my page on Zazzle. You can go to my Zazzle page by using this link.

Here’s what Patreon is: 

If you would like to follow me on Patreon    (Patreon is a way to join your favorite creator’s community and pay them for making the stuff you love. Instead of literally throwing money at your screen (trust us, that doesn’t work), you can now pay a few bucks per month or per post that a creator makes.  For example, if you pay $2 per video, and the creator releases 3 videos in February, then your card gets charged a total of $6 that month.  This means the creator gets paid regularly (every time she releases something new), and you become a bonafide, real-life patron of the arts.  That’s right–Imagine you, in a long frilly white wig, painted on a 10-foot canvas on the wall of a Victorian mansion.  And imagine your favorite creators making a living doing what they do best… because of you.)

Here’s the link to my page on Patreon! 

Here are the some of the supplies to get your started. 

acrylic paint set                                                

7 Pack of Canvas          value pack                   

Gallon White craft glue                                     

brush set      Best Seller                                   

Triple Thick Glaze brush on                             

Triple Thick Glaze Spray * Rustoleum             

Butane Torch                                                    

Coconut Milk (hair product with Dimethicone  

Terra Cotta Sealer                                             

Large popsicle sticks                                        

Butterfly Punch (my favorite!)                            



DIY Make the World’s Prettiest Cat Litter Box Decoupage

How to Decorate & Decoupage the prettiest Kitty Litter Box  For supply list, skip to center of page..

10 years ago my husband told me about these feral cats that hung out at his shop. He has a landscaping business, and the cats used to sleep under the trailers especially when it rained. He said that once in awhile he would get down on the ground with the cats hoping they would approach him. One of the cats did. She was clearly not a feral cat. As the summer ended and the colder months approached my husband told me that he thought he might be feeding the friendly cat too much since she was getting fat. I didn’t think much of it except that it was very sweet of him to take this cat under his wing. It was getting near the time of year when the weather would become cold, blustery and sometimes snowy…and he mentioned that it was a good thing this cat was gaining weight to survive the winter.  “But- added, it’s so funny, she’s getting a beer belly.” I asked what he meant by that and he said that instead of gaining weight all over, she was only gaining it in her tummy. I told him that meant she was going to have kittens and that we now had to take her in. Those kittens wouldn’t survive the winter or the streets. He brought her home and we named her Molly, and for a couple of months, Molly wasn’t wild about me. She loved my husband and even though I fed her, when I tried to pet her, she would slink back just enough to let me know she was uncomfortable. I was afraid she would bite me or swat at me, so I left her alone. When she finally had the kittens, I found it hard to believe that she only had 2 kittens, and sadly the first one was born dead, and it’s hind legs had never quite formed. The second kitten was alive and in perfect shape. We took both of them to the Vet’s office the next day to make sure they were both ok. I also wanted to make sure that no kittens had gotten stuck in the birth canal. All was fine and the receptionists seemed to love Molly. They said, “What a sweetheart this cat is…” I think both of us -Molly and I were a little leary of each other in those early days. From that day on we became besties and she is on my lap more than anywhere else in the house these days. We named the only kitten Boo Boo because he looked a lot like Boo Boo the bear as a baby. We reasoned that since she only had one kitten we couldn’t give him away. We had one cat but she was 19 years old and we knew we would not have her much longer. Here we are ten years later and Molly and Boo are inside cats preferring to have a litter box on both floors of our house. I was so tired of the plain plastic containers that I decided to decoupage one of the boxes, and that’s how our project was born. 

Getting the most out of your Kitty Litter- A hack of sorts….

You know how kitty litter is so expensive? – I mean that it’s not cheap and the fact that we’re just going to throw it away and then buy more to throw away? That’s expensive.  We buy it for the best price ever at one of the big box stores, and even though it’s a good brand it’s not the new one that’s out on the market called Slide. The Slide product advertises that it will not stick to the sides or bottom of your kitty litter box. You know what? The ads are true. Of course it’s a little bit more expensive, so what I do is add a couple of inches of the Slide to the bottom of the kitty litter box and add the regular clumping litter over it, another couple of inches. There’s my hack….This way I keep scooping off the top, and when I do clean out the litter box, it all slides right out. That is a huge time saver AND I don’t have to wear a dust mask. 

Supply List

Plastic Kitty Litter Box 

Small curved scissors

Hydrangea napkins 

Spray paint for Plastic

Napkin Decoupage Glue

Triple Thick Spray Glaze

Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter

Medium Grit Sandpaper or Nail file

E6000 Glue

Furniture Onlay

*Jewel or old piece of jewelry to fit over screw hole in Onlay 

If you want to add a different color over your spray paint  you can use chalk paint.   Chalk paint tends to give a velvety rich look to a piece making plastic look more like stone-that step is optional though and I did not use it in the video.

You can click on any link below to get all of the products. You will be taken to Amazon and thank you! It really helps me out when you make your purchases on Amazon through my links.  

High End Kitty Litter Box                                                           

Hi-sided  Kitty Litter Box                                                                 

Standard Kitty Litter Box (like the one used in video)                    

Spray Paint for Plastic                                                                      

Scroll Furniture Inlay  *see image below                                          

Americana Chalk Paint Sampler                                                          

E 6000 Glue                                                                                          





How To Decoupage Glass Globes Snowman

You can watch the How To video here :                                            Snowman Napkins                               More Snowman napkins

Glass Globe Terrarium                     14.99 for set of 2 

Americana Decoupage Glue             10.40 for 8 oz

Martha Coarse Glitter                          7.99 for 4. 58 oz

Extra Fine Glitter                                  8.95 for 2 oz. 

Martha Multi surface paint              

Cristal Gel (Viva Decor)                  




Crackle Over Dark Glass Bottle Decoupage

It’s a lovely rainy morning here on the East Coast which is perfect for doing some indoor decoupage. Whatever the weather is where you are, maybe you can find some time this weekend to have a go at this bottle. I will post the supplies you need here and you can click on the “shop” Icon above to purchase or just read about the supplies. One thing I have to mention, when you are searching for pretty napkins, you will need to change the category to “kitchen and housewares”  As you search you’ll want to be specific and use terms like, “Pink Rose Napkins”  or French Themed Napkins.  Most other items can be found under the “craft” category.  I am still working on my website and had not been getting my messages . I’m sure it’s something I am not aware of, so you may want to visit my page on Facebook. Upcycle with Decoupage and ask me questions there. One reminder. If you are in another country you can always google “Where to buy decorative paper napkins” in your country. Here are the supplies I used for this week’s project. *I have listed the supplies in the name order that you will need to find them on Amazon.


  • E6000 Glue
  • Elmers Glue All
  • Chalk Paint (Folk Art Home Decor)
  • Floral Napkins
  • Craft Pouncer Brushes
  • Thin Silk Ribbon
  • Lace Trim
  • EK Tools Layering paper punch (Butterfly
  • EK Tools Butterfly punch large
  • Smaller Curved scissors
  • Double Sided tape
  • Deco Art Decoupage glue for napkins
  • Liquid Pearls
  • Craft Iron (or your home iron)
  • Parchment Paper
  • Hi Gloss Varnish Spray
  • Micro Glitter
  • Oval Silhouette from the Graphics Fairy
  • Upcycle with Decoupage (my book)

DIY Decoupage Shower Party Favor Boxes

Here’s what we’ll need for this week’s project.  If you would like to purchase any of these supplies here I have included the category they are in. 

The following supplies will be found in “Kitchen and Housewares

  • Cake Boxes (I used the ones by Darice)
  • Decorative Napkins
  • Freezer paper 
  • Parchment Paper
  • Box Cutter (Safety Cutter                    

The following supplies will be found in the craft category

  • Chalk paint
  • Mini Roller brush
  • String of Pearls (Faux)
  • Matte Final Fixative
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter
  • Deco Art Americana Napkin Decoupage glue
  • Mica *Stampendous Micro fragments
  • Deco Art Triple Thick Spray
  • Organza Ribbon to match your napkins
  • Silk Flowers
  • Paper Cutter or Trimmer (Fiskars

I am still learning about adding separate links for each separate product but for now-since this is a new website it’s taking me a bit of a while to learn how to work all of it. I would happy to hear any feedback you may have on what you would like to see on my website. I will be adding the video’s to my site as time goes by and I learn my way around. As for this week’s project I mentioned in the video that I once went to a “game night” party.  The hostess had put together gift boxes from the dollar store. The boxes weren’t decorated but the idea was so nice-I always remembered it. With all of the functions that we either throw or help someone else throw (think Bridal showers) what better way to welcome your guests, than with a lovely gift (favor) box?

As always friends, thank you for getting what you need through my site! Have a happy party!


DIY Simple Decoupage Cell Phone Smartphone case

For this weeks video I was inspired by two things. This lovely napkin pattern and the cost of the cell phone cases I found at a kiosk in the mall. I mean, over 40 dollars for one piece of plastic with a design on it? Wow! That’s harsh. Not only will I show you how to make your own lovely smart phone or cell phone case, but you can make them for others. What a nice Christmas gift…Or at this price, stocking stuffer. You can always add jewels or crystals over your decoupage but make sure to use E600 glue. If you would like to purchase from me you can head on over to the “shop” menu above. When looking for napkins you would need to make sure the category bar is on the “Kitchen & Housewares” and be as specific as you can be when you enter your words in the search bar. Green paisley napkins, Blue bird napkins, floral napkins, French themed napkins…etc. You will also want to go back to the craft category for most of your other supplies. Speaking of supplies, here’s what you will need.

Smart Phone case
Decoupage Glue (preferably napkin decoupage glue)
Fine artists brush
Decorative paper napkin of your choice
Triple Thick Spray (or brush on) Top Coat

Since this is a brand new website and I’m just learning how to use it, I will be making changes as we all go forward with our decoupage projects. This font will change, there will be more pictures and I’m going to add our weekly videos. If you found my blog post through some other means than my video, please feel free to head on over to youtube and enter “patioelf” in the search. You will see my channel pop up and you can watch over 200 videos!!! That’s a lot I know. I mean you have over 200 how to video’s to chose from. Don’t forget to like and follow me on Facebook by clicking the Facebook Icon above! Thanks friends!

Welcome to my new Site!

Hi Friends and welcome to my new website!!! It’s taken me over 3 months to get my site up and running but thanks to the help I got from Steve @ *which is a pay for help site)…I was able to get our new site up and running. I’m still going to make a lot of mistakes, I’m sure but at least you should be able to finally shop using a search engine here! I’ll be adding blog posts and pictures each week as I add new video’s to youtube.

Decoupage and Transfers will become so simple for you….and if they are not you can contact me here,or on  Facebook or youtube and I can help you out.  I will be adding some of my older video’s here to the site so you can find those easier than you could if you were on youtube.I’ll add my most viewed videos and a few of my favorites. Furniture items tend to be the most viewed items on youtube but we want to be able to work on much smaller projects than that right? I like to do a larger furniture piece every other month maybe. But things like bottles, cans, jars, boxes, and-well you know me  *if you have been subscribed to my youtube channel-I will decoupage almost anything! I’ll add the supplies right here for you too, so you don’t even have to leave your house. Comes in really handy when it’s freezing or snowing out. Of if you just don’t live that close to a retail establishment. I plan on adding a few surprises to our site along the way too. By the way, I say our site meaning yours and mine. This site wouldn’t exist without all of you. When I write I am writing to you! So it really is our site. Add me to your favorites so you can come back easily when you want to. Have fun looking through my completed works here, check out all of the pages…and stay tuned for pictures that I take and will add to our site. I’m a huge fan of nature and find myself outside a lot. I live on a hillside across from a creek and a mile from the majestic Delaware River. Perhaps you live in a city, or another country and you just can’t seem to find an idyllic country setting, a quaint little town, a cottage built from stone…I’ll find them for you and post the pictures here. You can sip a cup of hot cocoa, or your favorite coffee or tea as you look through the pictures and relax…..OK, friends, I am now off to edit this week’s video for you! Welcome to our new home!

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