American Folk Art

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American Folk Art

Bright and colorful expressions in creativity, uniquely expressed by American artists. Visit the websites of these talented artists as they turn everyday objects like milk churns and saw blades into fine art.

All the website owners have also included their favorite painting tips.
LL Crafts - Hand painted milk churns and gifts

LL Crafts offers unique and original illustrated crafts and gifts, ranging from milk churns, house door slates, pet portraits & sketches, wedding & baby christening keepsakes, tinware, painted scenes & pencil sketch scenes, ideal birthday, anniversary or all occasion gifts. Even supply your own item, with a design from you own photo. Custom orders welcome, even personalise with dates or details.

Painting Tip
After washing your paint brush, hang it upside down by a clothes peg and it will thoroughly dry quicker. Then wrap it in a rag cloth with an elastic band around it, to keep it's shape and stop it from splaying.
Jusbcuz Dezins

Beautiful hand-painted original Designs for Decorative and Tole painting on wood cutouts, milk cans, old tools, paper mache ect. Our pieces are perfect for Home, Garden and Yard Decor. Choose from Wreaths, Pattern Packets, Frogs, Cows, Plaques, Country and Cowboy items, Magnets, Chickens, Welcome Posts, and Patriotic designs . Our Dezins are all Original. We also have blank wood cutouts.

Painting Tip
After base painting, sand lightly with a piece of brown paper bag; this creates a smooth surface for adding detail work.