When I saw the new book Two Folk Art Friends by artists Della Wetterman and Rosemary West, I loved it, even though I usually do not paint this style of Folk Art.
All of their designs are painted on tin, but I knew we had some surfaces that the patterns would fit perfectly on. I chose Della’s “Old World Santa” and “Strawberry Lamp” designs, and then found two surfaces that worked. The “Old World Santa” I chose to paint on our Decorative Bench, the pattern was a perfect fit with no sizing needed. I did add a small mistletoe design to each leg on the side that I took from the overall pattern for a finishing touch. Again, with no sizing adjustments needed, I painted the “Strawberry Lamp” on our Shaded Nightlight…this design painted up quickly and was a lot of fun to paint.
I hope this reminds you that just because you don’t have the exact surface, that there is always something else a pattern can fit on, even if it does take a little bit of tweaking.