A popular item for artists are the wide variety of bed
trays. You will see many types of art portrayed on trays. Some are painted with
elaborate scenes and some have simple floral designs. The white trays seem
the most desirable ones as they show the pictures well. From professionals
to amateurs painting on a bed tray can be a challenge. Unlike the fixed
pallet the trays have many shapes and configurations that require imagination to
complete. The favorites seem to be flora patterns. There are some
examples of different effects artists have tried to create. A crackle
painted finish is interesting. A well used look is an art in itself. This
look is referred to as "shabby chic" and is at present quite in fashion.
This can be accomplished by first painting the tray what ever color you wish.
Then lightly sanding or rubbing the places you think would get the most wear
over time, like edges, corners etc. You can turn a new tray into an
antique in just minutes.