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New Book…Two Folk Art Friends

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.

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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.

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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.

Happy Painting!

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Goodwill Finds

Last week at lunch a co-worker and I went to the Goodwill to see what we could find. I found two items that had potential to turn into a snowman and the other a Santa.

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I used DecoArt¬† Americana Decor Chalky Paints as the base coat and then did all of my details with DecoArt Americana Acrylics. I would love to find a few more pieces like these to change up the designs a bit, but I am happy with how they turned out. All that is left is a rusty jingle bell and we are good to go. These were fun and easy to paint. Now off to the Goodwill to see what else I can find. :-) Happy Painting, and remember to think outside the box when looking at surfaces…you never know what they can turn into with a little imagination.

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Pumpkin Wall Pocket

I see so many wonderful ideas on Pinterest and my mind just starts going crazy. I saw a picture of a wooden chair that was simply painted orange on the seat with a simple pumpkin face painted on it. It was just so cute, and I knew I wanted to do something like that. Still looking for the perfect chair, but in the mean time, our Wooden Wall Pocket seemed to be perfect for the same idea. I used DecoArt American Decor Chalky Paint in Heritage and Carbon, then I finished it with the Americana Decor Deep Brown Creme Wax to give it a more antiqued look. After the initial painting, I did sand the edges for a more rustic look and the dark wax grabbed in those areas giving it a more vintage look. The wax can be buffed when dry and no varnish is needed, but with the wax, you do not want to hang it outside where the elements can get to it. What a quick and easy project…now, if I could just find that perfect chair! :-) ¬† Happy Painting!

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