I have a friend (Terry) who literally will paint on anything. I went to one of her shows recently and she had painted a snowman face on old toilet bowl ball (you know that thing that floats up with the water to trigger the 'stop' on the water?). I digress, but....she's another story. ;o) Anyway, fan blades are one of the things I've seen her use for her Santa's and Elves. This summer I asked her for a painting tutorial and I decided to try my hand at something fall....something simple on some fan blades I'd recently yanked off a fan I replaced in my house.
I've seen these for sale at thrift stores before and I probably would have wondered about the kind of person that would buy these but now I've met her! I did not use the spray can of white to give this a primer (that comes with another project). I just used some Americana paint called Paprika. I gave my blade two coats. When that dried I painted a face. I went back and added some white lines to make it pop, and then I took a tooth brush and flicked a bunch of white and black paint all over the blade. I added some wire and raffia. Simple, fun...and definitely different.