Y’all, I’m writing this post to you with my best motivational speaker-like enthusiasm because I’m pretty excited about my new art in the kitchen!
I took a stab at a piece I saw that I liked, and it turned out even better than I expected… all for around $15! And for some more good news– if I can do this, you can, too! So, I’m sharing the steps and techniques I used so you can give this a try yourself if you feel the urge!
I started with this inspiration piece I spotted at Pier 1. (There’s no artist’s name given, but if you happen to know it, let me know!)
So, I bought a large 24×30 canvas from Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon, and since I have a large collection of acrylic craft paint, I only needed a few more colors.
Here’s a list of the exact colors I used, from left to right:
Light Foliage Green by Delta Ceramcoat
Light Gray by Folk Art
Basil by Anita’s
Slate Blue by Anita’s
Nautical Blue by Anita’s
Pure Gold Metallic by Folk Art
White by Anita’s
Raw Umber by Americana
Light Buttermilk by Americana
I don’t have expensive brushes, I just used my basic ones in different sizes. Keeping my inspiration in front of me, I started with the sky and worked down. Using a paper plate, I poured out a blob of the gray, the blues, and the white and just started brushing it on. I used mostly gray, swirling on a little of the blue and white, and even a tad of green here and there.
After filling the top two-thirds of the canvas with the sky, I worked on the grass and trees on the bottom third. I noticed the trees and grass were made up of many different shades of green and brown together, so I tried to keep that in mind as I kept layering on different colors.
When the sky was dry, I went back and added more white clouds and some gold highlights in the grass. (I love how the metallic gold paint catches the light.)
Painting your own art like this not only saves you money, but it gives you a sense of accomplishmentand that individual style element that makes your home yours. Plus, it allows you to choose the exact size of the art and the colors you want foryour decor. And if you mess up, you can always paint over it and start again!