Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Country Church

This picture reminds me of the pretty glittery Christmas cards and the song Silent Night, it just looks so peaceful.
This is another of Betty Caithness's patterns done on a old silver plated tray. If you've never painted any of her patterns this would be a good one to start with. Most of her works have a lot of detail that can get over whelming for someone just starting out. This one took me a day to do between loads of laundry and a few other things I did around the house yesterday.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Trash To Treasure

This proves you can paint on anything. This piece is an old silver plated tray. I really like the look of the pretty edge around the tray. It looks like you have a framed piece. It's almost impossible to find trays with a smooth surface to paint on so I had to come up with a way to go around that. This tray had a pretty flower and leaf design in the bottom and I knew I had to fill that in so I would be able to dry brush my highlights on. So I put several coats of sealer. Still you could feel the etched design in the bottom. Then one day while out in my work room I saw a can of wall Spackle. I thought what the heck give it a try. So I put a thin coat over the bottom of the tray, let it dry and did a light sanding.
Then a few more coats of sealer and a few coats of base coat and it was as smooth as a babies behind...LOL,,,ready for painting.
I have gotten my hands on a few more trays so I plan to get a few more of these done with different designs. I've seen other trays and even bowls done, they work up really pretty. So the next time your cleaning out the basement or the hall closet take a second look at what your about to throw out. Because with a little time and your paints you can have a heirloom piece that will be enjoyed for many years to come.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Christmas Stars

Yikes it's October and I'm painting Ornaments like crazy right now.

I gotta share these stars with you.
This pattern you will find in the Winter 2009 of Quick & Easy Painting magazine.
Designed by Chris Haughey.
I just thought they were so cute. You can buy the rusty tin stars from Cabin Crafters.
They work up really cute.
I'll be back with more ornaments later.

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