Being the daughter of an artist can be…well, inspiring, sometimes frustrating. Occasionally you watch him paint and it makes you think “hey, I can do that!”…but you can’t. Nope, you never can. It has given me a healthy appreciation for having art on my walls however.
Now, I’m desperate to find the perfect stunning piece for my high living room wall, something that your eye is drawn to when you enter the room, something that sets the tone, and the pallet just tumbles off of into the rest of the space.
Then I saw this gorgeous painting by Emily Jefford…
…and now no other piece will do! Bummer! I can’t have this specific piece, I can’t afford to commission a piece…uh oh, I feel that artistic pull again, you know what this means. I have fallen back into that fantasy, that somehow I can “do it myself”. So here we go again…
And because I am dedicated to sharing all the details and how-tos, artist or not, fail or succeed, I’m sharing how I created this piece for my living room inspired by Emily’s perfect piece.
Just kidding, I don’t have a studio, just my living room. I wanted to paint the piece in the lighting from the room it would hang, so a piece of cardboard atop the coffee table is my station for today. And by the way, you shouldn’t try this at home! When I wield a paint brush or roller, I’m meticulous. Crazy as this sounds, I don’t usually use plastic when I paint walls, I never drip, and I don’t get paint on my clothes unless I intentionally used them as a brush cleaning tool. Accidents can always happen, so I should have at least protected the area from spills, but I confess I didn’t. *shrug* Let’s paint!
We’ve got wall paint, craft paint, and real painters paint half dried up! I’m using paper plates and bowls as my art pallet, and my kids paint brushes from their school art set. Yep, nothing too fancy here!
The most profession items I am using are these leftover gouache paints my dad sent me years ago, most of them were dried up but some were still viable! I read up on gouache paint to make sure it would mix with the other paint types, which they do with the exception of a couple possible colors/brands. If you are afraid your leftover paints won’t react well together, test them before use.