Sunday, August 8, 2010

Thrift store finds and more painting

I had a chance to visit one of the Thrift stores in town the other day and to my surprise I found a few much sought after items. As you can see these all have a purpose to me and I will show you a before and when I get them complete you can refer back to this post to see the transformation of what I did to them.
It's nice to root around thrift stores, sometimes you can really find some neat things and of course one of a kind items are always a good sell at Craft shows. First, all items will be cleaned up and get that musty smell off of them, and, some of the surfaces will be prepped in order for my acrylic paints to adhere to them so they will get a spray of gray primer to start. So here are my goods that I found and guess what the price was? all for less than 5.00.

A wooden box with a handle, 2 pairs of baby shoes, can't wait to paint those, a tall tea pot with no lid, a glass square jar with cork stopper and a long narrow picuture frame in behind.

Next is another Terrye French and Karen Gilbert Painting with Friends design. This grouping of apples in a saltbox scene crock I thought would look nice on, yes you guessed, another splatter screen. I still have to add my homespun bow on to it so it doesn't look so plain.

And....back to snowmen. This is a Monika Brint pattern from a past issue of Quick and Easy painting. I love this magazine it has some really nice pattens and as it says they are quick and easy.
I for once actually read most of the instructions for this pattern as I have always loved the rough sort of way that Monika creates such dark shadings around her images, well as I READ I found out how she does it. You use a dry not a damp brush and apply your shading in this fashion. As you can see I think I did a pretty good job if I may say so. I really liked this pattern and have wanted to paint it for a long time but never got around to it. So....I painted 2 and if one doesn't sell guess where it is going this year???? in my house. LOL
I hope secretly one of them doesn't sell but if it does I probably will be so tired of painting I won't want to do one. Oh well always next year.

Well thanks for dropping by.
Today it rained most of the day so I did a couple more projets. Another splatter screen and 2 small little sieves with saltboxes on them. They will be viewed at another time.
Til next time, create and be happy.


  1. Hi and ooohhhh great finds at the thrift store. I too like the thrift stores and garage sales. You never know what you will find. I also am very impressed with your splatter screen. Very nice.

  2. Hi Nicole, thank you so very much for stopping by and commenting. L

  3. Great finds Les! Love your splatter screen,I don't see a snowman here but I did see it on facebook. Great job!!!

  4. Thank you Lynn and Marie.
    I don't know what happened but my snowman didn't show up, tee hee, but it is here now.

  5. Great finds.. am so jealous you found baby love the splatter screen, perfect pattern for one.. and your canvas is adorable..


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