Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How to Pretend You are an Artist {or Ar-Teest}

Welcome back for another edition of Works for Me Wednesday. This is an amazing way to get new tips and tricks and is hosted by Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer- one of absolute favorite blogs. If this is your first time here, welcome! Here's a little bit more about me (and even if you know me you need to click there to see our new- fine- Christmas family picture posted taken last October).

This week I'd like to give you tips for painting- specifically on an interior wall. Now I'm no Bob Ross, like my husband, but I do know my way around a paint by number and I can paint on a canvas if I am drinking a glass of wine with some friends .

With that amazing amount of knowledge and talent, last summer I decided to completely and totally copy some animal shapes from Pottery Barn and put them on our play room wall. The complete post with before and after shots and paint colors, etc, is here, but if you want the quick and dirty version, I'll give it to you.

The secret to doing these big mural-esque paintings:
Is to swipe an overhead projector from your husband's office {or any husband's office- more points if you don't know the owner at all}, then copy the pattern you want from anything- book, movie cover, most likely copywrited pictures of animals from a major company's fabric- you know, anything is fine. See these curtains below? I just held up a clear plastic sheet (got that at Staples) and traced with a Vis-a- vis marker. Then I took the stolen projector with the traced picture and shot it right up there on the wall like so:

Then painted and enjoyed my fraud, um, artwork.

The animals still look great- even with 98 cent paint. I can't speak for the playroom {since I seriously had to do a double take when looking for that picture: "Is that what the rug looked like without a layer of toys and juice stains?"}, but the walls are still nice and fun.

Thanks for allowing me to recycle a tip for Works for Me Wednesday. Recycled tip, stolen projector and traced painting? WOW. Impressive. Even for me.


Leanne said...

Fantastic. I'm planning something simlar for my daughter's room but can't get my hands on a projector. I'll have to try and think of a different way to do it.

My free hand skills are not what you'd call great.

Lydia said...

Don't worry, it's the first tag I've participated in! It took me awhile, but turned out to be easier than I thought.
Love the room pics!!

Lydia said...

PS-You could do something like I've done on my son's blog (I changed the rules) if you do decide to accept the challenge!! haha! :-)

Lori said...

Pottery Barn kids does have great ideas, I've just never gotten around to copying them! It's fun to see someone who has, and with success! :)

annieck said...

SO cool!!!

Sarah said...

I took an overhead from school (I was a teacher) when I did the mural in my daughter's (now 5) nursery. It workds WELL!!

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