I was shopping at Michael's when I spied these wood ornaments on super sale last week and I couldn't resist. I love the shape of them and had the idea to paint them with red and white folk patterns and then stain the wood a bit darker to make them look old.
Overall this was more difficult than I anticipated. It might be that my paint was ten years old and stiff...or maybe I needed thinner brushes. I spent about two hours on the one in the background and accidentally ruined it. I got a little carried away trying to fill in blank space and finally ended up having to paint the whole top red. In the end I still like it so all was not lost. I can't exactly put it into words but there is something so basic about putting paint on wood in a folk pattern that brings me so much joy.
"Delight in the little things." - Rudyard Kipling