Our Welcome Santa & Snowman Set of 2 are currently on closeout, but are a great deal at 55% off. Two fabulous surfaces for only $8.55, who can pass that up? I couldn’t in fact I painted two of these sets…both sets are painted the same, but I personalized them for friends and family. I always try and have something new each holiday for my two boys…the idea is that when they move out, they will have ornaments and some decorations for their new home…so, I painted them each a Santa and instead of doing a holiday saying on the sign, I added their name instead. These sets painted up so quickly that they are perfect for bazaars and last minute gifts.
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.
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.
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.