I don’t know about all of you other decorative painters, but my mind never seems to shut off when it comes to creating and ideas. It actually scares my husband sometimes…giggling! I love to re-imagine designs on other surfaces by resizing them, flipping them, or only using part of the design in order to make it fit the surface I want to paint. In Laurie Speltz’s Great Outdoors & More, I fell in love with her reindeer and then my mind started buzzing with ideas.
Our Stocking Kit was one of the first things that popped into my head. After pulling the book from the shelf here at work, I was excited that the reindeer would fit perfectly on the stocking without having to size it down, all I had to do was just flip the pattern after I traced it, yep, it was that easy. I followed Laurie’s instructions within her book, but added a red dashed border where the stocking seem was using the same red mentioned in the instructions. Our Stocking Kit came with added yarn and burlap, but all I chose to use was the red spray and the burlap ruffle. I laid the ruffle out on paper towels and a cardboard box and sprayed the ruffle red. I chose to do three coats for a true red color, making sure to let it dry completely between coats, and then glued it in place. The cuff of the stocking is perfect for adding a name, or leaving as is.
This was a fun project and it painted up rather quickly using regular acrylic paints. Just remember, that just because you saw the design on one surface doesn’t mean it won’t look amazing on another, let your creative mind go and most of all, HAVE FUN!!!!