Green Eggs and Ham

Filling a large wall can be tricky.  In the boy’s room, there’s a big blank wall.  Well, was.  Before giving it a makeover, I had hung a gallery wall.  Which was fun, but some of those pieces moved above the beds.  That seemed like it would be too many small frames in one space.  For this wall, I wanted something big and fun.

Boys-Bedroom-Blank-Wall

Maybe XXL Wall Letters?  Cute.  Traced shapes filled in?  The boys would have fun doing that.  Toy collection display?  Nah, didn’t want Ev to play with the toys at night.  Simple abstract painting, could be awesome.  Then I stumbled on a Warhol Campbell’s Tomato Soup painting in a teen space and fell hard.

Ultimately, I was most inspired to make an over sized painting of an everyday object.  Rather than a soup can, I asked  the boys to choose their three favorite books.  Both chose Green Eggs and Ham as a favorite, which seemed perfect for their room.  A stop to Michael’s with 40% coupon in hand and I left with a 2 by 4 foot canvas.  The proportions of the book and canvas aren’t the same and I wanted it horizontal, so I chose a section of the book cover to enlarge.  Using the high school art trick, drawing a grid on the image and canvas for points of reference, I (roughly) recreated a few letters, plate, and guy.  Tangent, why doesn’t this guy have a name?!

V helped with some of the painting, filling in large white and orange areas.  Once it dried, we hung it on their wall.  A little higher than I thought looked right, but we lean against this wall when we read books.

Boys-Room-Green-Eggs-and-Ham-Painting-2

The bits of orange in the pillow and lighter orange in the thrift store print tie in nicely.

Boys-Room-Green-Eggs-and-Ham-Painting

Again, I think framing out the canvas will finish off the painting.  Even better, this art was affordable, light weight, and the boys chose the content.  Triple threat.  Ha.

What’s your favorite way to fill a large wall?  Do you have a favorite large piece of art?

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12 thoughts on “Green Eggs and Ham

  1. My 2 year old daughter loves when I read her Green Eggs and Ham! She would love this. I think you should paint the edges of the canvas green or even black and leave it alone (no frame).

  2. That looks great! Love that it has so much meaning!
    I DYI my art too (and often the extra large canvases as well):
    http://heim-elich.blogspot.de/2012/08/grosse-kunst.html
    http://heim-elich.blogspot.de/2013/04/aquarellfarben-bild-pfau.html
    Gallery walls are awesome too…
    http://heim-elich.blogspot.de/2013/07/galeriewand-im-flur.html
    And I have a thing for quotes (but I make the from foam craft sheets not vinyl so the are a bit more 3D and bumps in the walls don’t matter…)
    http://heim-elich.blogspot.de/2013/01/wallquote.html
    I also like using cheap things, like a box of postcards:
    http://heim-elich.blogspot.de/2013/01/postkartenwand.html
    Or stencils.
    http://heim-elich.blogspot.de/2012/01/eine-schablone-fur-die-schlafzimmerwand.html
    Okay, I am done, thanks for the opportunity to share! Greetings from Germany
    Jenn(ifer)

  3. Amanda, Green Eggs and Ham is a classic and your painting is beautiful! Thanks for linking to me too! An abstract would have looked great here too but a piece with personal significance – like this one inspired by a mutual favorite book of your boys – is always the best way to go. Well done.

    1. Hey Sarah!

      Thank you so, so much! I agree with you completely. Something with personal meaning always trumps store bought or generic items. 🙂 So glad you like the painting as much as we do.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

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