|Pattern copied from a child's story book.|
It's my firm belief that if you can color a coloring book, you can tole paint. It really is accessible to everyone. At it's core, tole painting is simply copying a pattern onto a surface, coloring it in and then shading or highlight an area to apply dimension to your piece. Surfaces can vary, paints can vary and even in the realm of tole painting, techniques can vary. You can create something very elegant to something cute, it really is up to you.
|Spring and Summer Pattern from Catherine Holman.|
|Catherine Holman Pattern Winter|
Women have always used paint to decorate their homes. I often refer to paint as the great equalizer. As far back as women have kept homes, women of meticulous incomes have often turned to paint to mimic the pricier paper treatments or expensive materials used in great homes. Rosemaling or stroke work is prevalent in early Eastern European designs with entire rooms being covered in beautiful stroke work. We often see this being mimicked in screen printing processes in today's furniture. Tole painting
is another way to bring beautiful images to your
home and with you as the artist, you can be a
patron of the arts as well as participate in them!
|Jill Ankrom's Pattern Nick & the Moon|
When we purchased our farmhouse sixteen years ago, we inherited a kitchen with flat white paint and spade shaped handles (and a stained carpet in the kitchen with even nastier linoleum underneath). Yuck. Flat paint captures every splatter and grease stain. What were they thinking? Seriously? So, figuring I had nothing to loose, I gathered up patterns from my favorite painting authors and even a drawing from one of my son's picture books, I went to work. I'm very proud of the results. Now, starting with winter, you can follow all four seasons as they emerge on my cabinets, ending with Halloween. (Added benefit? If I like a holiday decoration, I can leave it in my kitchen year round and say it's part of the "theme"!)
Our Family Going Trick o' Treating. Dixon in his
In each house, there is something painted that is just for my family. It may be my cats in the window, our house number, the sign in the front yard that reads "Just Bob Was Here" (my son's story book the snowman is pulled from) or even my family trick o' treating with my son in his bee costume.
|Just Bob Was Here.|
When you are the artist, you can add those little little touches that make that piece mean something to you and your family. A favorite picture from a picture book can decorate a child's room, little touches can make those pieces family heirlooms.
|Catherine Holman's pattern Fall.|
One woman I met was painting her farm animals on her dining room wall. While not for everyone, they were very special to her and so every time someone came to her house, they had a unique mural that was deeply personal to the homeowner and a built in conversation piece.
|Donna Atkins Pumpkin Cats|
So, if you are ready to embark on a new adventure, I'll share with you how to create beautiful artwork for your home. I promise you it is totally accessible and you can do it! In my next post, I'll teach you how to prep a surface, what brushes to invest in if you are an absolute beginner, how to resize a pattern to fit your surface, how to transfer a pattern and begin base painting. So let your eyes wander to see what captures your fancy. When you find it, make a copy and get ready to PAINT!