I felt like it was time for change. Spring was almost here and then it left again with the crazy snow we had yesterday. Most of the projects I like to do involve with being outside, spray painting, using power tools, bulk trash surfing, but since that wasn’t possible I figured I had to do something I could do inside. This piece of old artwork was a perfect project. We move later this year and we wont be able to move all my paint, so I figured I better us it up, so it is a win-win! I didn’t snap a full before photo but I have had this hanging up in my living room in the hopes of taking a beautiful family photo on the beach and have it blown up to kind of go with my Misawa sea glass eclectic vibes I was going for. It snowed so sun shine filled, beachy photos are going to happen for a few more months and I was tired of looking at the sun bleached photo over my piano. It wont surprise you that this is a bulk trash find. There is a ton of stuff I have found that has been out for bulk trash. Kitchen chairs, a couple end tables, nice sitting chairs, Foosball table, Adirondack chairs. You name it, I’ve probably gotten on sale or for free.
Some people look at me like I am crazy but that’s okay because I had found that I see things differently. I see them of how they could be. Pinterest is always an inspiration for me of befores and afters. I knew that a coat of paint could jazz this frame up in a jiffy. I want to encourage you to not be afraid of painting something. You can trying and you will be surprised at how much something can transform.
First I cut out the image from the mat.
The picture frame is around 24×36 so that would not be cheap to come by, nor cheap for a double mat this size. I was able to update this cream mat with a coat of acrylic paint. I let that try and did a few touch up strokes. I covered really well with just one coat.
I got started with painting I had decided that I wanted a simplistic landscape. I just kept at it even though I thought things were not going to turn out the greatest. I just kept painting and kept blending.
I will be honest with you and this might sound crazy but I finger painted the sky. It was very therapeutic to feel the wet paint on my fingers and the glide of the color across my canvas. I am learning more and more that I need to work with my hands to help me relax. Remember, you are never too old to finger paint.
And here it is in all her glory from old artwork to something unique and beautiful. For free none the less and it makes for a statement piece of art. I know that sometimes it can be intimidating to try something new. I haven’t done anything like this before and I am glad I did. It is when we take ourselves out of our comfort zone that we really start to learn. I hope you try something new today. Stop thinking about it and just do it!
With love, Emily