After spray painting a new magnet board for Vincent, I started creating a painting for our main bathroom. I looked in our garage and found a 13 inch by 31 inch scrap of 1/2 inch thick MDF. I really wanted something that was 12 by 36, but it was close enough. After a quick cleaning, I applied a coat of primer to all sides.
This is going in our bathroom, and I don’t want the MDF to swell in the humidity. Priming and painting all sides will seal the MDF, preventing any swelling.
I was inspired by the shadow of leaves the afternoon sun casts on the walls in our house, so I went out to take a picture of our tree.
After my primer and white paint dried, I began drawing leaves onto my ‘canvas’, using my photo as a guide. I lightly drew some of the leaves with pencil. Some areas where the leaves are more clustered together were difficult to recreate, so I took artistic freedom and drew some leaves as I liked. After 10 minutes or so, I had half of my template complete.
I mixed up a custom ‘greige’ color using a small amount of black, tons of white and some yellow. Then I started carefully filling everything in.
It was a little time-consuming, taking about one and a half hours, but I actually doing things like this. Call me crazy, but I’d rather spend an hour or so creating free art than buying something. Now we have a custom, one of a kind piece of art in our bathroom.
I like the long, rectangular shape and size. It definitely makes more of a statement than the smaller items that were there before.
How many of you make your own art? Whether it’s a painting, drawing or something else. Do share! I would love inspiration!!