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A bit of art

The beautiful warm days have inspired me to do some freshening up around the house.  There is nothing like bright sunshine lighting up the walls to make me realize just how long it has been since the art has been updated.  I was also going through photos for one of my classes and felt the need to change things up.  I decided it was time to take a look at some of the art I have been pinning and magazine pictures I have torn out and actually create something new for our walls.

I recently saw a painting in DIY Magazine that really stuck with me. It was a colorful abstract of sound waves done by the fun lady behind Cuckoo4Design.  I loved the idea of using colors that I liked to make my own version.  I decided to use watercolor paper and paints, since I had both on hand and I haven’t had the opportunity to use them for awhile.  The kids and I set up a painting station on the kitchen table, and I drew some light guidelines on my 22×30 paper while they happily painted their own masterpieces.

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To start the painting, I used a ruler to draw lines both horizontally and vertically through the center.  Then, I measured ¾ inch from the vertical line, and drew another vertical line.  I marked every ¾ inch and drew vertical lines across the entire piece of paper.  I made sure to make the lines lightly with pencil, since I was using watercolor paint.  Some marks can be erased, but I like to make them light enough that I don’t have to worry about it.

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After making my lines, I started around the center with my colors.  In the center, where the sound wave is focused, I used full-strength color, or less water.  As the line goes toward the edges, I gradually added water to make the color lighter.  I also left some white squares to accent the colors and give it sort of a pixelated look.  I randomly chose the order of the colors to give it a looser and non-repetitive feel.

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 Because watercolors tend to bleed into each other, I quickly learned to leave a space in between lines so the fresh paint had a chance to dry.  Then, I went back and carefully filled in the spaces with a little less bleeding into each other.  Blotting excess water and color with a paper towel also worked pretty well.

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Painting this abstract watercolor took longer than anticipated, but I am pleased with the finished product.  Using acrylic paints and a brush that is the width of your vertical lines would speed up the process considerably.  The fun thing about creating your own art is that you can mix and match colors to work with your decor and create an absolutely unique piece.

I am still looking for a frame that will work with this large of a painting.  Until then, it makes a great backdrop for some recently repotted plants!

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Have you seen something that inspired you lately?  Now is a good time to break out the paints and make your own wall art for spring.

 

Bold, Colorful and Modern: Guest Room

*The idea for this post was suggested by the fun folks at Chairish.com.  Their unique site lets you shop for and sell furniture easily.  I personally love the Mid-Century Modern section because the style is simple, timeless and so easy to pair with other pieces you might have.*

With less than 30 days until my fabulous sister comes to visit for a month, I have guest room updates high on my priority list.  In its current state, our guest room is sleep-able, but I wouldn’t call it highly comfortable or well designed by any stretch of the imagination.  I put together an idea board to show you what I have been thinking:

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1. Wood paneled wall with floating shelves via remodelista.com
2. BRIMNES storage bed via ikea.com
3. Mexican serape blanket via luluandgeorgia.com
4. Pantone’s Radiant Orchid
5. Mid-Century George Kovacs “Caterpillar” lamps from chairish.com
6. Mid-Century Modern Splash Oil Painting via chairish.com
7. Modern Thonet Bentwood Chair via chairish.com
8. Similar Midcentury Modern Sideboard via chairish.com

Our guest room also doubles as my sewing/craft/art room, so we have turned the closet into a work space with a desk, shelves and pegboard for organizing supplies.  We used an old closet door for a desk running the full length of the closet.  I painted it (4) Pantone’s radiant orchid for a splash of color.  My resourceful hubby made me some shelves out of some old deck wood.  The closet is a complete juxtaposition of rustic industrial and modern, which is quickly becoming the style of the room.

We recently purchased the (2) BRIMNES storage bed from Ikea because I needed large drawers to stash my art supplies and paper.  I like how sturdy the drawers are, and the simple design of the bed means it will work nicely with any style.  In order to easily pull out the drawers without having to move a lot of furniture, I would like to have floating shelves on each side of the bed to serve as nightstands. (1) Tying them in with a wood paneled wall or headboard would add some midcentury architecture to our little 1950’s home.

I love the look of simple white bedding topped with a (3) Mexican serape blanket, and it would compliment the bright orchid work desk.  A pair of neutral mirrored (5) lamps and splashy abstract (6) art highlight similar colors and tie the room together.

A comfortable, low profile (7) chair gives guests a place to sit and read or put up their feet.  A dresser or (8) sideboard for clothes or miscellaneous storage takes the place of a closet.  I purchased over-the-door hooks for clothes that require hanging.

There you have it! A fun combination of bold colors, vintage and reclaimed woods and furniture with simple, clean lines.  It all adds up to a comfortable and unique space anyone would feel welcome in.

* I have not been compensated in any way for this post, but it was so fun to put together. I can’t wait to get started on the room!

 

 

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Guest Bathroom Refresh

Have you ever looked at a room in your home and just been completely uninspired by it?  I believe spaces in your home should make you happy by being functional, relaxing and beautiful.  Last week, I was getting our basement bathroom ready for my sister’s upcoming visit when I realized that although the bathroom was functional, it was neither relaxing or beautiful.  I decided to do a quick overhaul to make the tiny space a bit more fun.

 Below is the bathroom Before.  Yes, we have had some leaking up by the shower entrance.  No longer leaking, but the repairs are in process.  I have had this shower curtain for over 10 years, so as much as I still like it, I feel like it is time for an update.  I believe I got it on a good clearance at Target, al