I found this rush seat chair at a local upcycle shop. It is a nice size and very sturdy construction and the seat was in perfect condition! I began by spray painting it all over with a gloss purple, and loved it already.
I found a copyright free image of an elephant, a black and white rendering with lots of fancy detail. I printed it off, colored it in with watercolor pencils and sprayed it with a fixative to keep it from smearing. I added two embossed wood corner pieces on the back for texture and interest.
Then I just started adding colors and shapes until it was all covered. The last step was to paint it all over with a gold metallic
Go do it!