Tuesday, December 13, 2011

PAINT YOUR OWN SKATES: easy tips to paint YOUR HOME portrait

It is very cold here in Massachusetts! Only had a sprinkling of snow last week, but enough to make me reminisce and want to grab my ice skates and go to the Somerset marsh and skate.

Here are the basic steps I use to create the skate.

These are my handpainted ice skates., painting of the Brayton Homestead, of course.  I painted them in a primitive style- aka- giant snowman the size of a house. 
 First I painted the skates entirely with white paint, including blades and lace openings. I sketched the house on one piece of paper, the snowman on another, cut around the edges of 
each and kept moving the shapes around until I liked it. Then traced the shapes.

I made a straight line with a little curve for the snow, painted a deep blue around the house and snowman, even the lace openings, the painted in details. Remember in this naive primitive style, you are not looking for perfection! I glazed over the snow and the snowman with a thinned out gold paint and completed the skates with a gingham check fabric scrap for laces and a hand painted bells as snowmen.
Try painting your house! 
You can always take a photograph and trace it-
 Let me know if you have any questions.

stay dry and warm and thanks coming by the homestead.

IMAGES: all Brayton Homestead Interiors


Blondie's Journal said...

Oh...these are just so cute!! You did wonderful painting them!


Karena said...

Karen I adore your painted skates, you are so creative. I took Isabella ice-skating this weekend.

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Trisha said...

This is such a cute idea for ice skates. If I could paint I would definitely give it a try!


Gisele my Arbonne said...

Your skates are beautiful! How lovely to hang on your door at the homestead.

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Love the way they came out!!!
~Debra xxx
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agnesofgod said...

You are very talented Karen. The painting could be framed. Thanks for sharing.