Monday, April 9, 2012

Art on the Brain

I'm back on an art kick again, friends. The new additions to our bedroom have me wanting to work in several new colors and art is an easy means to accomplish this. Check out some of the beautiful pieces  I've pinned as inspiration...




If you've been reading for any time at all, you've probably realized I'm extremely frugal. As much as I'd love to buy a "real" piece of art, it's just not in the budget. Below is a piece of DIY art I created when paint chip art was all the rage. It's about to get a makeover!

I'm planning to purchase a canvas drop cloth from Home Depot, cover this piece and essentially start over with a blank canvas. Since it's rather large, I've been a little intimidated to jump into this project. Luckily, I expressed my hesitancy to Diana from Your Day Simplified, and she offered some great advice...practice on pieces of large brown paper. 

And that's exactly what I did...


So, the plan is to incorporate various shades of the following colors: coral, navy, teal and yellow. The yellows in my practice pieces didn't quite make it to the deep tone I'd like. I'm not in love with either piece, so it's a good thing I followed Diana's advice and didn't jump right into the piece I'll be staring at day in and day out!


I wonder how many more practices pieces are in my future before I take the plunge?! I'm all ears if you're into painting and you have words of wisdom to pass on. Do tell, friends!

7 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i really love that first image! so pretty!

pam {simple details} said...

My advice...frame that brown piece of paper! I love the first one! You need an Etsy shop! :)

Julia - the Urban Slant said...

I love all the abstract prints -- such an easy way to add color and fun to a room.

Michelle said...

You did that last one?! Obsessed!!

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

ooh, Dana, the movement in your art is awesome! I love them both because they make you think when you look at them.

Carly | a simple affair said...

Ditto to Pam!! 1. Frame it :) 2. Etsy shop! They're beautiful! I may need to have a little chat with you. I bought framed canvases that are above my sofa, but I want to paint over them but am clueless.

A Delightful Design said...

I'm with Pam and Carly! I would totally buy your second piece. Start framing those brown bags and put them all over your house and puh-lease let us buy them! :-)

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