If there is one thing I wish I could do well, it is paint. I've always been fascinated by art, especially paintings. It doesn't matter if it is oil, watercolor, still life, or abstract. I wish I took art classes and had my own sunny corner studio to step an easel. It seems utterly romantic. Recently, as I was browsing Michael's trying to figure out how to recreate something I saw on Pinterest, I decided to buy some acrylic paint and a canvas and try. Now, six canvases and several bottles of paint later, I can say I've tried. And here's what I have to prove it.
This is my first project. I got the idea from a bottle of perfume I own, Twirl, by Kate Spade. The bottle has gold polka dots scattered over the bottle, being more concentrated at the bottom. Apparently, there is also china in the same pattern, and I saw a pin on Pinterest where someone put gold dots on a canvas. I prefer cool tones and wanted some art for my living room, so I picked out two shades of blue/green paint, purchased a canvas (actually two in case I messed up) and a circle stencil. I drew the circles in pencil and filled them in with paint. I had to do several coats, so the whole project took a few hours with drying time. It's definitely not perfect, but it makes me happy.
I also made this one from a pin. I painted a white canvas with chalkboard paint and used a stencil. There is no way I can letter that nicely, especially with a brush. I love how it turned out.
This little guy I simply made while messing around. Yes, I really like blue, so I used three colors of blue and mixed in some silver and taupe. I blended and dabbed to my hearts content. I had no vision, just wanted something blue and fluid to go on my mantle. So there you have it.
I got lucky, I purchased the paint at 40% off, and the canvases were buy one get one free. Without the sale, I'm not sure I would have took the plunge. I find painting relaxing and take great pleasure in it. I hope I can continue my new hobby, even though it means late nights for me. I'm not ready to paint while my kiddos are awake.
Any other creative wannabes out there? I love the idea of creating something special for our home, something my kiddos will remember someday, and maybe fight over to have in their house. Ha. Forget I said that, I don't want to think about my kiddos growing up! Seriously, though, what do you do to decorate and make your home meaningful?