Friday, March 15, 2013
She Crafts Again!
National Guard weekends are fast becoming my crafting weekends. It's the only time when I don't have a million things I should be doing [like being a responsible adult] but I'm not allowed to do fun things with my husband [because he is gone]. Last weekend was a special doozie, because his duty weekend started two days early. On top of that, he was shipped off to the middle of nowhere, meaning I didn't get the pleasure getting my feet warmed at night. *whining over*
In the name of trying to stay positive here, I did get a couple of long awaited projects finally finished.
And I "painted." I say that in quotes because the only brush I used was a foam brush [which doesn't really count, I don't think], and the rest was drawn or stippled. I've been cringing internally since we moved because our bedroom is. so. boring. I know, I know, no one ever actually peeks in there, but I wanted it to look a little less like a bachelor's pad. But I'm not much of an actual artist, so painting anything truly amazing was out of the question.
I finally found inspiration when I ran across this pin, originating from Two Girls Being Crafty:
I had a few bottles of acrylic paint left over from *ahem* junior high, a paint pen, foam brush, and a gift card to the local craft shop. And that's how the adventure began.
I started off with the intention of trying to make my copy as close to the original as I could. I did a lot of mix-experimenting with my paint and wound up with this color for the background:
When I finished painting half the canvas, I realized I didn't want any more brown in my life [being in the desert and all], so I changed things up a bit, and went instead with a grey that matched our comforter pretty closely. [I'm already starting to sound like an artist!]
Word from the wise: if you ever do something like this, mix up a ton of your background color. You'll go through it faster than you think, and trying to replicate colors is a pain.
Once the background paint dried, the next step was to replicate the branches using a paint pen. If you're pretty good at drawing by hand, but can't paint a straight line to save your life [like yours truly], then use a paint pen.
Looking simultaneously at the original painting and pictures of trees really helps with this process. Realism, people, is what I was going for.
For the dots, I went cheap. Honestly, I didn't want to go back out to buy circular foam brushes. So I scoured the house for anything that would make a dot the sizes I was looking for. I came up with these:
the other end of the foam brush, a travel-size bottle of baby lotion, and a cigar tin. [I ended up only using the foam brush and the baby lotion for my dots.]
After randomly placing dots in the colors I wanted [red, orange, pink, yellow, and white], I ended up with this:
While it wasn't bad, and it was decently close to the original, I felt like something was missing. I sent a picture to the hubby, and his response was, "it doesn't go anywhere."
"I mean it doesn't take your eye anywhere. I learned in my design class that a good picture will direct your eye somewhere. You should put birds or the moon in the space in the middle."
Well, I didn't want to put the moon or anything in that space, but I did see what he was saying. There just wasn't much to look at. So, I moped about my failed painting [like a good artist] until I ran across this pillow:
That was what I wanted above my bed. [On a side note, this pillow is from Target, and if I had the finances, I would get it.]
So I went back at it with the butt end of the foam brush. I worked to make the branches into trees, and using the inspiration from the pillow, I aimed for a semi-abstract cherry blossom tree look.
While I don't know if I can say that my eye goes anywhere with this rendition, it at least looks more like something.
And our bedroom makes me smile a little each time I walk in now.