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Some of you are aware that I am trying to teach myself how to do folk art painting; it is also called tole painting or decorative painting. My primary reason to learn this is because I want to be able to decorate some of my woodworking projects with these types of paintings. This is my set up for learning this. It is a simple inexpensive table that I purchased from Staples and it is located right next to my computer desk. I don’t have a lot of time to practice but I enjoy it whenever I am able to.

I have found that the book Brush Strokes by Maureen McNaughton is a very good book to learn with. I have all of the equipment that I need to learn with and I can sit comfortably in my computer chair while doing so.

I am reluctant to show you these pictures because I am just a beginner so I’m not very good at it yet. However, I have done enough to realize that if I just stick with it I can learn how to do this. I believe that I will be able to place some decorative paintings on some of my projects such as boxes in a year or hopefully less.

The little practice painting above is one that I have done a few times. I plan on going through all of the practice paintings in the book. I realize that this is not very good but I’m just a beginner and everyone has to start somewhere. Thanks for looking.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 945 days ago

It IS very good! Like anything – you have to walk before you run! I think you are doing great. I like seeing all the DecoArt paints, too! I like them the best and it is great to start with a good brand. You may also be interested in some brushes from The Artists Club. They have a great line of brushes for very, very reasonable prices. I tried them a year ago and use them all the time. I think it is a great way for a beginner to get started. Maureen has taught at our chapter when I was still living in Chicago and she is wonderful. I wish you a lot of luck and think you are well on your way! Great place to work! :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 945 days ago

I’d say you have already got it down!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 945 days ago

Wow! What I see looks great! Didn’t know you had it in you, Helluva, thanks for putting it out there. Inspiration all over the plance on LJs. :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#4 posted 945 days ago

Very impressive work – this looks so well done and like you’ve been doing this … well, forever!
Very nice.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 945 days ago

Everyone started at the bottom and judging from your work, you are quite a ways up the ladder! Like they say, “you are your own worst critic!” Your work is very good. My wife paints so I know! Keep at it like Sheila says!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 945 days ago

Are you using Donna Dewberry’s techniques?

... kinda looks like it…

NICE setup!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 945 days ago

Beautiful work, Lew. I aint much of a drawer myself.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 945 days ago

I used to do portraits in oil paint and pastels. I really wish I had time to do more. Yours skills look ready for prime-time!

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#9 posted 945 days ago

Looks good to me….what’s to improve?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#10 posted 945 days ago

lookin good

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#11 posted 945 days ago

Wow really looking great! Nice start on this, best of luck.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#12 posted 945 days ago

First regular woodworking and millwright to make woodworking machines that work, then carving and now painting. You really are making progress and as bearpie said, you are your worst critic. Everything looks
great to me and as long as you are having fun do not worry about any naysayers that come your way.
Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#13 posted 944 days ago

That is so cool.You are doing great job at it.

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#14 posted 944 days ago

Very artsie, great work wreck

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#15 posted 944 days ago

Looks good to me!

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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