Trying A Little Art For The Pintester (Okay, And Me)

pintester-movement-300Do any of ya’ll read the Pintester blog?  If you haven’t ever ventured over there, I will warn you, she uses the languages explicits (to quote DJ Flula), but in a way that I find to be real and amusing.  She’s dang funny actually, and somehow she makes messing up other people’s ideas really hilarious.  She’s a good sport, and I think that’s a big part of it….

Anyway, she recently put out a call for other bloggers to test some pins, and I immediately knew I was *in.*  I have no problem with testing a pin or six.  

I may actually be a little bit adept for the pintester blog– I am more artsy, less fartsy.  The truth is, I tend to succeed at my cooking and crafting escapades.  When sweet Sonja goofs over there on her blog, I usually can guess right where she went wrong.  In fact, I am usually on the writing end of a crafting tutorial over on this blog, and I’ve posted many an original recipe over at my foodie blog, so…  I don’t know if this is really fair, per se.  But all she said is to try one that you’ve been wanting to give a shot– she never said I had to crash and burn– so I’m capable of that!  I vowed to myself to choose a good one– one I actually want to execute– and not fib or embellish if I had problems or easinesses.  Yes, that is a word, “easinesses.”  I just made it up, but we’re going with it.

Problem is, which pin to do?

I trolled my boards for a while…  victory rolls?  Strawberry nails?  Crock pot mac and cheese?  I eventually gave up trying to choose, I was sure I was over-thinking it.  Too many options and all that.  I had to surrender the pressure of picking and just know that a project would eventually present itself.

The Hallway Gallery

The Hallway Gallery

And so it did.  I’ve been trying to hang a lot of our art lately– despite the fact that I have yet to paint the hall– and I’ve created a hallway gallery that I really, really like.  BUT– I have this one, pivotal spot that you can see from four angles, and *nothing* that I put there looked halfway decent.  I’ve had about eight things hanging there this week….  I’ve even taken apart arrangements that I loved in other areas to try pieces there, I am so at a loss.  (I put them all back.)  It’s right at the end of the hall, at the top of the stairs, and visible from the living room.  *Nothing* is working.  After trying nearly everything in the house, I concluded that I must make something new.  I returned to pinterest.

Now, over on that little addiction called pinterest, I have an entire board of art that I’d like to emulate in one way or another– pinterest.com/lovenestdesign/art-to-make/  I’m not one for copying someone else’s work exactly (although I’m sure I’ve done it in the past and will do so someday again, but….), but I think artists can draw inspiration from other artists, and with abstract works particularly there is often a lot of room for interpretation.  Fun!  I looked around at what I had pinned….

Firstly I have this pin here–  pinterest.com/pin/29906784996348450   This one takes you to a print that you can purchase, no actual instructions when you follow the link to the website.  I then found a blog with a knockoff version, complete with clear steps– pinterest.com/pin/29906784998298263   Her finished canvas is a lot more muted than I typically go for, but her instructions are easy to follow and worth reading through.   One change: I would suggest getting tape that is the width you want, I cannot imagine needing to cut each strip lengthwise!  Blue tape is not hard to come by and comes in a myriad of sizes, no wonder she mentions needing patience….  Oy.  Her project was harder than it needed to be.

(My Starting Point)

(My Starting Point)

I didn’t want to acquire anything new for fixing up this one trouble spot, I just wanted to use items I already had on hand.  I also wanted the canvas to be on the larger side, just judging from the space that I was trying to fill.  I poked through my blank canvases and was unhappy with the smaller sizes I had to work with.  I then started scanning for things in the ‘other’ category, and eventually my eyes fell upon this–  its an old canvas-covered artboard.  At one time a few years back I had attempted a decoupage project with tissue, and ended up hating where it was going.  (If you look really closely you can just barely see a pattern of orange circles on white.)  I’d disliked it enough that I’d set it aside and begun to use it as my surface for painting OTHER things on…   I used it all the time instead of newspaper.  It was wild and colorful and had just the eeensiest bit of orange polka dot showing through.  And– its a nice size.  It could do.

I didn’t want to do the herringbone thing, frankly it reeks of chevron print, and I am already over the chevron.  Its just not hip or fun to me anymore, and something tells me– we are just on the front end of this trend.  Anyway.  I wasn’t going to do the herringbone thing, but then I started thinking of it in terms of Mondrian.  I mean– not Mondrian– but like his stuff in that modular, linear, and uniform sense.  I could easily enjoy some of that in my home, and it is abstract enough that it just might work from all angles.  I started taping.

Tapety Do-Dah

Tapety Do-Dah

I laid mine out in more of a horizontal pattern, occasionally changing directions and leaving some areas exposed.  Instead of painting mine white, I decided to go with turquoise, as that was the color mostly lacking in the base.  And because I’m wacky like that.  I did two coats, not that you can really tell, because I sort of distressed it a little.  The tissue/decoupage base had given it an interesting texture, and the foam brush allowed me to lift some of the acrylics off of the high parts.  I pulled the tape, and I had art in less than an hour!  Not bad, I’d say….

It turned out fairly nice.  I feel like I need to add *one more thing,* but my husband implied that he’d like me to wait a couple of days on that addition, hoping I’ll rethink my choice with that one, I’m sure.   I really do like it, though.  All of the color is pretty, and the pattern is simple enough that it doesn’t overpower the area or look busy with the surrounding stuff.  I still feel like I may need one more thing in this wall arrangement, but as of right now its allright… better than it was!

My Finished Canvas

My Finished Canvas

Whatddya think?  Pretty dynamic and colorful, oui?  I tell ya, its growing on me.  As I pass it in its wee grouping there by the kitchen, it catches my eye every time.  Its a great pop of color, making me wish I’d painted the hallway already.  I also like that it doesn’t have a set directionality, I could be used facing any way, which will give it longevity in my home.  I’ll be able to change out this spot (as I no doubt will) and this can go on its side in the den as part of the mantel arrangement.  Easy-peasy!

The Little Grouping

The Little Grouping


 


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