Recently I chatted about wanting to take more time to craft and create, to help work through my grief. Working in the only room I could possibly call a “studio” (a.k.a. “the fish room” on the lakehouse tour) was a bit counterproductive because it’s so dreary and dirty in its current state, so I pushed the dining room furniture out of the way and dragged my easel inside.
It was a good move! For my first painting, I faced the lake and it was just so calming to dab on paint and watch the water. It was so peaceful – almost meditative – that I ended up painting two paintings, which I hung on either side of our headboard.
I’ve always wanted art flanking the headboard – in fact, I originally bought two of my vintage posters (the gal with the tweed and the fellas with hats) to hang above each bedside table but because the lamps block whatever art we hang above the nightstands, it just didn’t look right. I like them so much better as a trio above the dresser.
But I don’t mind covering up my own art – I like the layered look. I didn’t want anything that would compete with the posters, and I was also trying to tie in some of the blues from the living/dining room, so I ended up creating two soft, airy paintings that pull together the greens and blues from the poster art and the rest of the home. I added a soft layer of pale yellow, just for fun.
It was so enjoyable to spend an afternoon painting, but moving the furniture was a bit of a hassle. Now I’m hatching some plans to renovate that random little room at the end of our house to create a functional, beautiful space to work on crafts or do more painting. It has a window that faces the lake and it boasts a sink too, so it’s a perfect studio space (although it’s a bit on the small side). I’ll share my plans soon!
In the meantime, if you want to get the scoop on how I made this easy, DIY art, I’m sharing some step by step photos on Hello Yellow – see here.
I think that I might want to build float frames – like I did for my photo that was turned into an oil painting – but for now I’ll see if I like them unframed. Another option is to paint the edges a contrasting colour (black would be perfect) to create the illusion of a frame.