This was my third attempt using contact paper. I used a pre-stretched 16"x20" oval canvas as the template to cut out the oval, which was MUCH easier (and more precise) than the string-and-nail method I used last time. That said, actually applying the contact paper to the canvas is a bit of a challenge. I'm sure there's a trick to it...there must be!
More interestingly, this was my first time using one of the Bob Ross books (Series 19) to complete the painting, rather than following along with the the television show. This freed up my screen to put on old movies while I painted, which is preferable for me. I had seen this episode before, so it wasn't completely new to me, but following along with the book was fairly straightforward. Other than the main plate that shows the completed painting, the remaining step-by-step photos are in black-and-white, which makes things a little difficult, but overall it was a positive experience and I have ordered up more of the books!