Think Pink Monday: Danni from Silo Hill Farm

If you’ve been following me for awhile you know that pink is my favourite colour, so while I take a bit of a break I asked a few bloggy friends if they would do some pink guest posts. Let’s just call them the Pink Ladies.

Pink is the word… is the word… that you heard.
It’s got groove… it’s got meaning.

This week’s Pink Lady is Danni from Silo Hill Farm.


When our mutually dear friend Tuula asked me if I would do a guest post, I was like, “Sure!”, because who can say no to Tuula???  Then she hit me with the catch….it has to be something pink.  Um…okay…way to take me out of my comfort level…like waaaay out!  There is nothing pink in my house.  Nothing.  It’s not that I don’t like pink, it’s just not a color I have used very often.  But…..I love Tuula and we’ve been blog friends for almost ever, so I here I go….
I’ve been having some fun with reverse painting on glass.  My friend Judy taught me to do it when she was here early spring.  My bedroom has a coastal theme and I made this whale picture….

I’m geeky…I have a thing for whales…and for the novel “Moby Dick” because, well, I happen to think the first paragraph of that story is the best written paragraph ever…so I used it as my background on this painting.  (Seriously, I considered naming my son Ishmael just because I love that first sentence, however, my love of music won out and we went with Duran instead. Not Duran-Duran, because that would be silly…just William Duran…because Ishmael Duran didn’t roll off the tongue well.)  But I digress…

Judy made this set of cute bird reverse paintings for my new family room.  She used some orange printed scrapbook paper for the background.  I love them with their cheery pop of orange!  Judy is a genius and my dearest crafting friend.
So……”something pink”, she said.  Everyone knows Tuula is the master of fun and whimsy with her beautiful chimes, sparkly-ness and awesome garden projects.  I on the other hand have to force whimsy… and sparkly…and pink.  I walked into my new bedroom and it was vacant of all of the above mentioned attributes. *sigh*
I set my mind to remedy this problem and get going on this guest post, right away….after several days of agonizing over what to make that was pink.  I settled on a reverse painting.  I decided on an octopus.  A whimsical one.  A sparkly one.  A pink one.
I’m naming her Tuula!
Reverse painting on glass is just about the most forgiving craft project I have ever done.  Here’s the 411, just in case you want to make your own.  (I’ll also mention, that this is a project that kids can do, provided the design is simple.)
Find a silhouette online of something you like….there are millions.
Blow it up to fit the glass in the picture frame and trace it right on to the glass with a Sharpie.
Now flip the glass over so the tracing is on the back side and fill in the image with some craft paint.  Don’t freak out because the first coat looks terrible…..
It will take about 3 coats to fill it in nicely.  Let it dry about 20 minutes in between coats.  Then, flip it over and remove the Sharpie tracing with a cotton ball dampened with a bit of alcohol. Let me stress this part…FLIP IT OVER, do not wipe off the painted side!
Then, just put it in your frame, painted side in and slide whatever background you want to use in.  I used a piece of handmade watercolor paper from my friend Judy because I wanted it to look ocean-y.  Then, embellish your picture however you choose, right onto the glass.  I used a few sparkle gems, in honor of Tuula.  I also found a little pink sea shell and added it to the frame along with a few pearly beads that I thought looked bubbly.
And there you go…
You’ll have to wait until I finish my bedroom to find out where she found a home, but at least there is a little pink, whimsical, sparkliness in there now.
Thank you Tuula, for making me leave my comfort zone and have a little fun in the process.
(Sorry Mel and Donna….no rebel boots or pink slippers involved!)
If the rest of you are not familiar with my blog, come by and visit me at Silo Hill Farm and check out some of my latest creations…
Beachy Wreath
Seashell Display Stands
 For some seasonal fun…
Umbrella Witch
Deck The Halls Pallet Sign
Or for something yummy….
Magic Cake
Thai Peanut Chicken Salad
Thank you again Tuula!  I’ll be thinking about what kind of guest post I may want you to do someday! LOL!


Oh oh… should I be scared Danni? lol. Anytime you need a guest post… just let me know and I’ll be there with some whimsy on. Thanks for going out of your comfort zone and going pink with this fabulous reverse painting. Your pink octopus is sooo fun and whimsical, and perfect for a beachy bedroom. I love that you gave her some sparkle. Thank you so much Danni.


If you don’t know Danni you should really stop by Silo Hill Farm and check it out. She loves to repurpose things and is a very creative crafter, and lately she’s been sharing some amazing home renovations.

Thanks so much for reading everyone.

Have a great day and until next time… Think Pink!




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  1. This is so cool, Danni! Never heard of reverse painting but I must try it! It's very fanciful!

  2. What a great idea Danni! She is so cute. I think you should grab those boots of Mel's and wear them for a day. You'd be one hot mamma!

  3. Love that octopus!!! so cute! and very pink – great job Danni. Love your other projects too, especially the umbrella witch LOL

  4. What a fun one! And a great tutorial that makes reverse painting sound easy (I have always been intimidated).

  5. LOVE it, Danni ! I did not know what reverse painting was :/ Very clever and you did the pink proud !

  6. Uh-oh, Tuula, you are going to be dragging a pallet with a tractor for Danni if you are not careful. Even without the pink shoes for the eight legs of the octopus, I love this. I already have an idea for the reverse painting. I like that you can change the background and totally change the look. As I am sure you, Danni, the queen of presto-chango knew!

  7. Yay for Danni and Tuula! I LOVE that it's reverse painting, as I have always been fascinated.

  8. Well for all the painting I've done in my life I've NEVER done reverse painting ( only reverse stencilling ) have to try this on something – LOVE it Danni !!!
    Oh my mind is reeling right now !

  9. Well, let's all have a painting party! I am impressed that you made something pink and sparkly, Danni. Only a true Pink Lady would do such a thing for a friend! Love it and Tuula and you. 🙂

  10. Something pink and something I never knew before. Love the name William Duran…Love Duran Duran as well. And, this adorable sparkly blinged out octopus is ADORABLE.

  11. Too cute! I will definitely have to try the reverse painting technique…:) Love it…:) Oh…I love your son's name as well!

    Blessings, Vicky

  12. Only you! could make a pink octopus look THAT GOOD! LOVE! Can't wait to see your bedroom project done…if you're like me, it'll never REALLY be done 😉

  13. I'm so glad you had Danni do a post because her reverse painting is giving me all kinds of ideas!

  14. Absolutely fabulous, Danni! You make is sound so easy 🙂 I have not drawing abilities AT ALL, but would love to try this out. Thanks for the great idea.

  15. Oh my goodness, I cannot believe how easy that is to make. Your pink octopus is THE cutest I've ever seen. Looking forward to seeing where that little cutie ends up in your house. Now, I've got to run off and read the first paragraph of the book!! Also hoping Tuula is enjoying her time off xo

  16. cutest octopus I've ever seen. The bit of bling really sets it off and makes your octopus stand out
    What a fun and easy project. Thank you for the instructions

  17. That turned out so cute! And you are right…that would be a pretty great project for kids! So you like whales? This is information I might need……..

  18. Loved the post and what you made! Now I'm off to read that first paragraph of Moby Dick!

  19. Okay, not at all what I expected when I came over from Danni's blog, but I love what she created. I've never seen the reverse paintings done before (I'm a little behind the times), and they look very easy and so much fun! Great job Danni, on the post and your project!
    Debbie 🙂

  20. Danni can make anything out of anything, so I had no doubt she would have no trouble with her pink challenge. 🙂


  21. You did an awesome job and rose to the challenge! The octopus is adorable.
    I'll have to give it a try.