To see how I upgraded some thrift store candle sticks, please head over to my Mycolor Inspired by Pantone Paints blog!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
I made a video for you guys yesterday, showing how I use glaze to antique things. Glaze is a really hard medium to learn to work with. It becomes hard to work with quickly, but it also dries very slow. It'll rub itself off if you start trying to go back to fix a mistake too soon.
Here are a few pointers that I noticed I do, while I was making the video:
- I first brush the glaze on in larger strokes, but I'm careful not to let any one area get too strong of an amount of glaze...notice Ill dab a few bricks, then come back in and swirl it around. You don't want your glaze to get to heavy, and it's easy for it to dry too fast and not be able to work with it.
-I use a painter's rag (these kinds don't shed, which is important...you don't want little rag particles in your paint!) to smooth out brush strokes
-sometimes I also use a dry brush to smooth out brush strokes, if they get too strong.
-I was doing a pretty heavy glaze in this video...sometimes you can achieve a heavier look by layering on glaze, versus just using a lot at once.
Hope this is helpful! let me know if you have any questions...
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
...and I'm proud, can you tell?
Somehow, and I'm not really sure how or why it's happening (I guess when I get bored), I decided to do a little bathroom makeover at our house. I've always kind of hated the light fixture in our bathroom, so last week I bought a new one (This one from Lowe's) and sprayed it a dark oil-rubbed bronze (almost black... I used two different metallic sprays I had, resulting in an almost-black oil-rubbed bronze. Our hardware/doorknobs/faucets are ORB, so I wanted them to match, but I'm not a huge fan of that finish, so I made it almost black instead... I like black better)
I knew changing light fixtures wasn't hard, because almost every man I know can do it, so I figured I could probably figure it out, too. I found this YouTube tutorial, (kind of a dumb theme they've got going there, but quick and informative, nonetheless) and it worked like a charm. It really was so easy! I also bought 3 seeded clear glass shades from Lowe's too. I really like them - I think they're charming. I'd like to buy some non-yellow Edison bulbs for the fixture -- do those exist? I have an Edison bulb from Lowe's in my living room pendant, but it burns really yellow. I'd like the ones in my bathroom to be not yellow at all. Please let me know if you have any knowledge on this!
I have to patch the hole and repaint the walls now (PLEASE ignore the gross dust on that wall...that obviously needs to go away too!)
Guess what I think I'm going to do in here pretty soon? Re tile! Well, I don't think I'm going to do it, but it's gonna get done. Woo!
Monday, June 25, 2012
Hi! Remember when I painted this bedroom? My clients were surprising their teenage daughter with a bedroom makeover, and they recently send me pics of the finished room...check it out...
Here it was after I painted it:
and here is the fully decorated finished product:
I love the chandelier with it, and that headboard is awesome. I always tell clients that I love being involved in the decorating process, but often I don't get to see the finished product, so i always encourage them to send me "after" shots when it's done...and I love when they do!
Friday, June 22, 2012
A few days ago, I painted this mural on the wall of a little girl's bedroom. Her mom wanted a window, and we wanted to mimic the viney pattern that was in her sheets, and the cute little birds (my favorite part). She'd already bought and hung the name plaque that is over her bed (I'm not sure where it's from, but it's cute!), so I worked around it.
See the little bird at the top? My favorite part! I also added a butterfly, per my 5 year old client' request :)
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
As you all know, I often get canvas painting commissions. This one came in again from Lauren Leitner, who is a designer down in Florida. I also did this painting for a client of her's a couple of months ago, and just finished this new one last week.
My pics don't do the colors justice, and I probably should've photographed it in my studio with the natural light on it, but instead I took pictures in my living room (with soccer playing on the tv behind it, no less - ugh!)...but hopefully you get the idea.
I think it seems really happy. It's going in a baby girl's nursery over the crib, and I think it's perfect for that!
The background color is a coral - not orange. Not sure what it's looking like on peoples' monitors. I always hate sending pictures of things to clients, because the colors are often misrepresented, and the composition always seems weird, too.
I'll post the picture that Lauren sends me of the painting hanging in its new home as soon as I get it!
If you'd like to commission a canvas (they can be shipped anywhere!), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Hi everyone! Sorry you are all having to bare with my recent crazy schedule. I didn't blog yesterday, out of sheer exhaustion from the busy weekend! We had a really busy Father's Day weekend, hanging out with family, and going to Jordan's soccer game. Anyway, this summer is proving to be a busy one, work-wise (yay), so my blogging is suffering a little. I'm back today with an excited post about a mention and some photos of mine that were published in the AJC this weekend. For those of you that aren't local, this is Atlanta's newspaper. Woo!
Check it out...
I was interviewed by the author of this article (in the "AJC Homefinder" section!) about trends in children's rooms/nurseries/playrooms, and she featured two of my rooms I've done. (she even interviewed a client of mine, hah!)
(try and ignore my dirty computer case above...embarrassing)
The up-close shot of the shelves actually features three pieces of my work. I painted the lattice pattern on the walls, I did the elephant watercolor in the frame, and actually painted the frame the watercolor is in! And I arranged the bookshelves. Haha.
and a tree I painted a while back in a kids' playroom:
Yay! I had forgotten it was coming out yesterday (I did the interview/sent the photos to the author a while back), so it was a fun surprise, and nice for Father's Day :)
anyway, stay tuned to the ol' blog -- tomorrow, I'll show you guys the full shots of this project that I worked on yesterday in a little girl's bedroom.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I just completed this new painting for a client's baby nursery. It'll ship to Florida soon, and it was really fun to paint... It got me thinking... I need to get back to my painting roots. Painting things, then selling them. I have been doing so much commissioned work (which I love!), but it's really nice to do stuff that is just my style...that my brain thinks up, and can be free with. I am going to start doing more canvas and furniture work that is created using these hands, then selling it. Please stay tuned for pieces coming soon. Ill most likely add them to my etsy shop, and they will be for purchase there. I've already started a piece similar to this, which will be the first piece for sale, and am really excited about it!
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Last week, I painted some fairies on the walls of a little girl's bedroom. She is apparently infatuated with fairies, so she was very excited for me to paint these!
My own grandmother was always infatuated with fairies as a little girl, and even now she still loves them. She has lots of little fairy figurines that she hides in her houseplants, outdoor plant beds, and on her shelves. One time, when I was little, we had a ring of wild mushrooms grow up in our front yard. My mom, grandmother, and myself took my grandmother's fairy figurines outside and staged a fairyland photoshoot with the mushroom ring. I get my creative mind honest. :) I also spent a lot of time drawing fairies as a little girl, so these were really fun to dream up! I had fun coming up with the little fairy outfits and hairdos. As for the size - I had to consult my young client... Apparently, fairies are no bigger than the size of your hand.
I like her leggings. hehe.
I added her Tinkerbell shoes at the last minute.
I like this one's flower halo:
Hope you enjoyed these at least half as much as I enjoyed painting them. Painting things like this always makes me think I should be in the book illustrating business. It was so much fun.
Friday, June 8, 2012
This week, I painted a race track themed mural for a little boy's room. I painted his nursery before he was born, and now he is 2 years old, and moving into his "big boy" room. Time flies!
Here was his tree that I painted back in 2009 (!!!), and here is his new car themed room!
I forgot my "real" camera, so this is just a montage of iPhone pics - sorry! I hope to get better pictures in the future.
the race track is a real loop, and wraps around the room, so that you can follow the cars. There are about 15 cars or so. All of the cars have a number, and I thought it would be cute to sort of personalize the cars by adding the little boy's name to one of them, and then other family businesses and affiliations on them as the "sponsors" for the race. :)
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A while back, I posted a DIY project on making a faux painted version of the zinc letters from Anthropologie. That project made its way to Pinterest, and is one of the main hits on my blog everyday. There have been lots of people that have tried the project, and I love hearing from them! One of the "pinners", however, decided to commission me to paint the letters for her nursery. She bought them at Hobby Lobby, shipped them to me (all the way from Chicago, I think it was!), I painted them, and then shipped them back to her. Fun stuff! Anyway, she sent me a camera phone photo of the letters hung on the way... I loved the way it turned out! The "C" and the "M" have special meaning, and that's why they are chevron printed instead (I didn't paint them).
Here they are when they were at my studio, being painted (through my Instagram account)
And here they are in the nursery:
This is what they look like:
Monday, June 4, 2012
This post is more of a "halfway done" post, I feel like, but I thought I'd share it anyway, since my part of the job is done.
A client of mine bought a little condo, and is in the middle of completely redecorating and remodeling the entire thing! It was fun to see the transformations they're making, and be in the midst of everything. I didn't get a real "before" shot, because they did a bit of carpentry work before I got there, but the photos are pretty self-explantory, as far as what they changed:
The kitchen is a galley kitchen, and the cabinets were old 80's oak cabinets. They removed the built in desk, and had a carpenter replace that section with added cabinet doors and stalls for storage. You can see this where you see the white doors. They also added molding to the existing cabinetry, and decorative trim. The hinges and pulls were also replaced.
(the chair in the foreground of this photo is the color/look of the finish my client wanted on the cabinets.)
Here is the "after":
I also painted a bench that will be built in, to the left where the window is below:
I did some light distressing (where the wood shows underneath), but not too much, since there were some new sections where the cabinetry wasn't wood underneath. It's subtle, but I liked the way it came out.