This week’s Meet and Make designer is Meggan Maravich. Meggan is the creator of Megpie Designs and a full-time wife and mother of four. Her first original painted design was published in the January 2000 issue of Crafts ‘n’ Things Magazine and since then, her work has been featured in publications such as Pack o’ Fun, Painting Magazine, and Creative Home Arts.
Her projects tend to be quick and easy crafts for the beginner. She designs projects for the more advanced painter, as well.
Want to know more? Keep reading and learn about Meggan!
- I LOVE to paint!!!
- I “can” cook. A few things. If they’re simple.
- I listened to nothing but children’s music for twelve years.
- The clothes in my closets are grouped by color.
- I have a “touch” of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. (Okay … a slap or a punch, then).
- My studio is an atomic mess.
- I’d rather paint it than cook it, tie it, or change it. (think Dinner, a Bow, or a Light Bulb).
- Sometimes an M&M is waaay too much chocolate for me. I’m not a fan, is all I’m saying.\
- Most days I need an energy drink just to stay vertical. Some days, I need three.
- I could be considered a hoarder. If you count glue guns, pencils, paintbrushes, and wood. All wood. Like lumber, and plywood sheets, and even wood cut-outs. I LOVE wood!!
Here’s Meggan’s project:
- Ruler (look for a ruler without pre-drilled holes)
- Acrylic paint in white, black, red, and gold
- Extreme Glitter in Black
- Plaid Dimensional Paint in orange
- Mini craft sticks for hat brims
- Wooden birds for the school mascot
- Red ribbons for hanging
- Permanent black marker for outlining
- Use the Midwest Products Easy Cutter Ultimate to trim each ruler into four 3″ lengths, and trim the mini craft sticks to just a hair wider than the ruler, so the hat brim hangs over just a bit on either side of the snowman’s head.
- Use Aleene’s Tacky Glue to adhere hat brims to each ruler segment. I attached my hat brims towards the top of the segments, rather than directly in the center. However, I’ve made many of these types of ornaments, and attaching the brim a little lower makes for a totally different look:a really tall hat and a small face,versus the small top hat and the larger face. I wanted to date these ornaments, so I made the hats smaller.
- Paint the craft stick and the top half of the ruler segments with black acrylic paint.
- Brush Plaid’s Extreme Glitter Black over the hats for extra shine.
- Paint the bottoms of the ruler segments with white acrylic paint.
- Leave the backs unpainted; to keep the “School Room” feel of these ruler ornaments.
- I use a cotton swab and pink powder blush to blush the cheeks of each snowman’s face.
- Use a stylus dipped in black paint to dot the eyes and the mouths.
- Dip the stylus before each dot for same-sized dots … dotting two or three times before re-dipping into the paint gives you descending-sized dots.
- I used my Crop-o-Dile to make a hole in the top center of each snowman’s hat, so I could thread some ribbon through for hanging.
- NOTE: For step-by-step photos of how to paint dots and carrot noses, please click here.
- Because I am making these ornaments for the classmates of my children, I want to add our school mascot, the cardinal.
- Here is a quick tip I found for painting small wooden pieces, such as these bird cut-outs: Spread out a piece of GLAD Press’n Seal sealing wrap, sticky side up, and press the birds onto the paper.
- This holds them in place while you use a paint roller dipped in red acrylic paint to base coat the birds quickly and easily.
- A quick way to make the triangle shape on the cardinal’s head, is to use a small flat brush dipped in black paint; lightly press the brush diagonally across the bird’s head.
- Allow to dry before dotting the eyes first with white paint, and then with black paint.
- Brush on a coat of Plaid Extreme Glitter in Red for extra shine.
- Use a detail brush dipped in gold or yellow paint to highlight the bird’s beaks. I threaded the ribbon through each hole in the hat before I attached the birds … I thought it was easier than waiting to thread the ribbons and possibly running into a hat whose hole was covered by a bird.
- As a final touch, I used a black permanent marker to outline the snowman faces, define each bird’s wing, and add the year to the bottom.
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