Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ideas for Dala Horses from Painted Deck Posts

I never get tired of finding different variations for the designs that I use.

Whenever I'm stuck for ideas on color combinations or patterns to use on Dala horses I just go up and down the ramp and look things over until the ideas begin to pop.

It's a great source of reference material because each of the designs that I've tried has been done in an assortment of colors of different backgrounds so I can just see what works best together.

Both of these photos were taken on the same day. We woke up to snow but by 2:00 in the afternoon it had gone again.

The green post was designed and painted by my sister and fellow artist Becca.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Best Approach to Painted Flower Borders

There are a number of approaches to any design. Even something as simple as a white flower or a daisy.

I found a variation of this design in a  Scandinavian pattern book. It had red flowers so considering the background color I was using I thought I'd try white.

This time I decided to just freehand some leaves and vines to drop the flowers into.

I also decided to try different lengths and numbers of petals on the flowers.

Next I tried combining them with other flowers to see how that would work. That's the beauty of painting the posts on the wheelchair ramp. I've got dozens of different surfaces to practice on and it's been quite a conversation starter in the neighborhood.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Painting Yard and Garden Art

Some of the recent designs have been inspired by junk mail. Today it's ukranian easter eggs and garden wall hangings.

I go back and forth between that sort of design and old , favorite designs that I paint from habit and memory.

I added 3 more posts today and am starting 3 more now.

As spring approaches I'm trying to come up with ideas for something to paint on the top and base rails to pull the whole project together.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dala Horse Birdhouse Project

Painting all of those posts on the wheelchair ramp gave me a great idea for using this old birdhouse stand.

 Of course all of those painted posts reminded me of my horses so I decided to paint some of them on here too.

When finished I plan to use it as a sales and display unit for my Dala Horses. I'll even be adding some small hooks around the edge of the roof to hand ornaments on.

Friday, February 24, 2017

A Painted Box with Dala Horses


The weather is still too cold to be working outdoors so while I wait for spring to do much carving I started this small painted box to make a special gift for someone (maybe me) filled with tiny dala horse ornaments.

This is going to take some time as some of the paints that I am using require 2 or 3 coats to cover well. Yes, these paints were inexpensive bottle acrylics from a discount store. They were a gift and I can't tell you enough DO NOT skimp on your paints! I prefer the quality of a heavier bodied paint that will cover in one coat. It saves you both time and money in the long run. Both the Folk Art Multi Surface and The Martha Stewart Multi Surface Paints are made by the same company but the Martha brand is thicker, a bit more expensive and covers better. You choice of paints would depend on your budget and the sort of project that you are doing. For this project I'm going with Martha because it's thick enough to smooth small imperfections on the surface of the wooden box.

Thanks So Much For Joining Me,
I'll post more photos as I continue to paint,

Friday, February 3, 2017

Dala Horses on Electronics

I just started designing this collection today as  I explore the wide range of electronics products that are available now on Zazzle. I've got to say that I'm learning a lot as I work and am really hoping that this line will catch on with customers.

As I've mentioned before I don't want to be carving, sanding or clear coating horses in the house in the winter so drawing painting and designing work well for me this time of year.

I am of course looking forward to working outdoors in the spring and summer but this will be a nice chsnge of pace until I'm able to do that.