Monday, October 3, 2011

Playing with Paint Part Two

On Monday I showed you my inspirations for a DIY painting.  Are you ready to see how those inspirations came to life?

Here ya go:

If nothing else, at least it adds some color to a boring niche and it was easy and inexpensive.

Here's how I did it:

I started with a 40" x 24" canvas.  I spray painted the entire canvas with my trusty ol' Krylon Coral Isle.  I didn't want any white peeking through.

I used some brushes I had on hand and this acrylic paint:

No need to buy any expensive tools.  Just use an old egg carton to pour and mix your paint.

Next, I started brushing the colors on in a random pattern.  At first I thought I wanted the lines to be really perfect: straight lines and uniform size.  I quickly changed my mind and liked the slightly haphazard, messy look better.

When I was done with the multi-colored stripes, it was still missing that little je ne sais quoi.  That's a fancy way to say "certain something" or "I don't know what." (Do you read "Fancy Nancy?")

I took some gold metallic paint and randomly painted some squares and stripes.

Oops, looks like I forgot to put the cushion neatly back on the couch after disassembling a fort.

Yes, it's definitely DIY.  But, infinitely better than this:

If you've ever considered painting your own canvas, JUST DO IT!  It's fun, makes you feel artsy and creative, and you just might like the final product.

I'm linking this piece to some of these great blogs:
Today's Creative Blog, Sugar Bee Crafts, Not Just a Housewife, Reasons to Skip the Housework, Bella Before and After, Primitive and Proper, Home Stories of A to Z, Savvy Southern Style, DIY by Design, Tip Junkie, Type A Decorating,, The Thrifty Home, Domestically Speaking, Primp,
A Diamond in the Stuff, Restore Interiors, The Shabby Chic Cottage, Somewhat Simple, Beyond the Picket Fence, Fireflies and Jellybeans,My Simple Home Life,
Addicted 2 Decorating, Just a Girl, Remodelaholic, Miss Mustard Seed, Finding Fabulous, Tatertots and Jello, Under the Table and Dreaming, Thrifty Decor Chick, Coastal Charm, Junker Newbie


Holly said...

Suzy, it's awesome! Look how much interest it adds to that nook above your TV! Way to go - it's great. Love the coral in there. Did you end up using Martha's metallic paint? What did you think of it?

Katie said...

That really does add so much to your space!! I love it! how fun to say you did it too! :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love the punch of color and pattern! and the size is perfect!

Shannon said...

This is great! I'm working on some canvas art for my dining room, but I'm not satisfied yet. I love yours!

Shannon @ Imperfectly-Inspired

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

I love this! You did a great job and it adds a personal touch too!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Wow, I guess you did have a lot of fun looks so amazing, Suzy! You must be thrilled.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is really cool and adds such a great pop of color.

A Vintage Vine said...

Great punch of color, love the white console and the contrast the painting gives that area!

Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

It looks great! What a good job you've done on this!

alanna rose said...

I like it!
I have a few giant canvases languishing in storage...I should really just do it and paint them. :)

Cathy Wall said...

How fun! Love the inspiration and the execution! Your colors are yummy and this looks great in the "niche." Nice job Suzy!

Cathy@ Room Rx

jandjhome said...

I love the Colors and the size of it is perfect.

Marilyn said...

This is so unique and lovely Suzy.. Very creative.. LOVE IT.. I would LOVE to have you link it to my linky party going on today - Pin'Inspirational Thursdays over at The ArtsyGirl Connection - TY :)) Link is -

Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

That looks GREAT! I love it! I love the play of colors.

thanks for the mention yesterday :-)