Don’t be scared. Nobody was harmed in the making of this art.
I am no trained artist…just simply a fan of things that look attractive to me…but I’m truly a believer that any piece of inspired creation can be deemed “ART”. It doesn’t matter if it was done by a professional or a stay-at-home-pregnant-mom-with-legos-in-her-bra-and-syrup-in-her-hair, on purpose or accidentally (Mona? Totally a spill splatter.) and does not need anyone but your stamp of approval. Some will disagree. But to those museum curators, I say….show me a cloud and I will show you a woman eating bacon.
No literally. I will eat some bacon while I explain the cloud shape.
Disclaimer aside…let’s talk art for a second…and not just any art….palette knife art. Palette knives look like frosting spatulas…and we all know what that looks like, can I get an amen to cream cheese frosting?! It’s a tool that artists can use to mixing or applying paint. Their flexible metal blade makes it totally easy to shmear paint together to make more abstract, contemporary paintings.
Check out some of these awesome and inspiring palette knife art pieces on etsy….
That rooster makes me say Cockadoodledoo…the middle one is so moody and so beautiful – I think I have ten spots in my house ready for it right this instant….and the last one is gorgeous with that texture and movement. Love them all. A lot.
And they inspired me to do a little something for our foyer. That little nook near the stairway was looking sad and bare.
Nothing a little boost of artwork can’t fix, right?
The only problem is that I don’t actually own a palette knife. small snaffoo. I do, like any DIYer, own a drywall mud knife (or six of them)…and my small one is really old and more flexible than a lot of others. So I broke out my canvas, the drywall mud knife and seven different types of craft paint…all in a similar color scheme of blues and greens.
It helps to squirt a little of each color on your board so you can start with it close together….you are gonna shmear them all together anyway…
Also – it makes the art so much better to have different ends of the spectrum colorwise. I used the dark navy blue for depth and the pastel green to add light. Just keep it in mind when picking your paints that contrast is a good thing.
Then you are just gonna scrape and dip and scrape and dip and repeat it a bazillion times. It’s not about getting lots of paint – it’s about just getting different paint on your knife. Don’t be scared to mix it up and layer paint on paint.
Then you just drag the knife down on the canvas. I decided to do an easy square pattern. It’s nice because the width of the knife always stays the same…and you can eyeball how far down to drag your knife to make it relatively even. You can even layer more after the fact – dragging different colors over your first drag.
Then just repeat…over and over. I was sure to dip in a variety of colors….if I felt like the line was getting too green or too light, I just dipped in a different color for a couple drags.
It only took me about 15 minutes to do the entire thing. Easiest painting ever. Seriously – a child could do this one.
And hanging it up added a big splash of color in the foyer.
I found the turquoise metal chunky B at Hobby Lobby. And while I was there, I spotted the giant blue glass vase in the clearance section. God bless the 70% sales. The bottles are really old and hail from Pier 1 (they were also clearance and once in a while I still see them floating around at Goodwill). And speaking of Goodwill, the little dog monks is one of my favorite cheeky finds.
So that’s my new look for the stairway landing….it’s a strange nook with curved walls and a triangle shape but hopefully now it looks a little more finished. And for a fifteen minute investment and no cost (since I already had the canvas just sitting in my craft closet – and used the drywall knife and craft paint instead of expensive oil paint and a real palette knife)…it definitely is a step up.
Have you been crafting lately? Anyone craft up an art project lately? Or maybe you are just dreaming about getting paint under your fingernails? On a slightly off note, I just watched my first episode of Craft Wars….love it…except honestly the judges seem a little odd to me…like they are totally obsessed with everything being way glittery and over-the-top colorful. What’s wrong with a little luxe in the craft world people?! Not that I don’t snort my fair share of glitter…but seriously, I’d love to see a really chic craft. Make it happen Tori 🙂
Update : Looking for more info on something you see in our house? We have a Shop the Bower House page with paint colors and links to accessories, furniture and decor!