Threesome Art

Look at all the art the office has!

It’s basically the Louvre.  Countless pieces of priceless artwork.  I’m sure George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones are calculating a way to steal it right now.

But the crazy thing is…this is ridiculously easy.  It’s a spin on the knife art that I made a while ago for our foyer.   Remember that?

It took me about twelve minutes a piece and they were quite inexpensive.  First you need three canvases.  Then grab at least five different colors of craft acrylic paint.  It’s good to have a granola bar box to rip open to use as your paint palette.  Only the Chewy Dipped Chocolate Chip by Quaker Oats will do.  No other cardboard.  Remember that.  It’s vital.  And the last thing is your tool…I used a slanted flexible painting knife.  It’s from Home Depot – they clearance them out a while ago but they are Martha Stewart so you can probably get it at Michaels.

Remember that this art is custom and you can use any colors you want and make it personalized specifically for your space.  But you also don’t want to mix five colors that are so close that it just looks like a big orange blob.  Here are my biggest tips for choosing paint….

  • choose one middle color that will dominate
  • choose a light color that is MUCH lighter
  • choose a dark color that is at least TWO shades darker
  • choose a wild card color that plays nice (like the orange below)

For the full rundown on how to do these knife paintings – read this post.

These are slightly different in that I didn’t create a tiled look.  Instead I loaded my knife and then smeared it down as far as it would go.  Then I loaded it again and repeated.  There was no specific science to how much paint was on the knife….just a variety of color dips.  When it came time to do the second ‘row’ I started my smear right below the end of the upper smear.  Does that make sense?  So if each smear ended in a different spot…the next row started in a variety of different spots.

When I got to the end, I knew that I wanted the “waterfall” look…like the paint was a fringe skirt on my free spirit.  So instead of finishing the last rows I smeared till it ended and left the bottoms blank.

I love the fact that these are huge blasts of color.  The white walls need it.

Art isn’t as functional as shelves or additional storage but since this is the first thing you see when you peek into the office…it is nice to have a splash of fun color.   And I see this as more youthful and a bit feminine with it’s color scheme but I think you could man it up with grays and blacks and browns and tans.

Also – did you sneak a peek at the curtains?  I haven’t finished them yet – they are just fabric that is pinned up but they were the cheapest patterned fabric I could find…$3 a yard.  I needed three and a half yards per panel – 14 yards total for the two doors.  I don’t think it’s a forever fabric but at $42 (most panels at the length I need cost a small fortune) it works.  I just wanted something up….at some point it doesn’t matter if it’s perfect…it matters to get it done….can I get an amen?!

Anyhoo….Happy painting!

That’s a Rad way to Match

There are big things happening here at the Bower house and there is a toilet in the front yard.

There.  I said it.

A toilet.  In the grass.  I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the boys are peeing in it right now.

Also…my little sister had her baby this past week and I am OBSESSED with her little girl.  Literally I just sit there and look at my iphone photos of the little sweetie.  I need to snuggle her face. right. now.

So until the time comes where I can deep breathe in her newborn-ness and exhale it all here on the blog…I will carry on.  Just know that I am a little distracted though.  For now, here is a fun little post about how you can use RadLab filters to unify a bunch of photos.  No RadLab doesn’t know me…if I have a cookout, they won’t show up with crudité.  I just love this method for making a bunch of photos match and wanted to share a quick trick for newbie photographers out there.

It’s really easy.  This is like photoshop instagram-style.  Does that make sense?  I’ll explain.  You know how you use Instagram?  You snap a picture with your phone in the Instagram app, then you apply a filter making yourself look instantly airbrushed and then post it for viewing by all your friends, family, coworkers, frenemies, haters and that random guy who you don’t know that found you through hashtags.  You nailed that whole Instagram thing right?

Well, this is just as easy.  I bought the RadLab filters and they are used through Photoshop.  They are a little pricey at $149 but if you consider the cost of hiring a photographer, it could save you money if you are just trying to do a mini-shoot.  Also, you can try them for free for two weeks if you prefer.  You open a photo in Photoshop and then go to Filters/Totally Rad/RadLab.

Up will pop a whole new window.   If only real window installation was that easy, am I right?!

In the RadLab window you can apply all sorts of different filters…just like Instagram.  You can also adjust how much of each of those filters…and how much of each part of those filters gets applied.  You can also mix them up together and create your own cocktail of filters…they call them recipes.   For these ones of LJ, I did Sugar Rush, Lux Soft, and Lights On at 28%.

You can see side by side comparisons too…which is really fun if you are saving a photo from the hum-drum life.

When you hit finish, the recipe gets applied to your photo and….

Done and done.  You are awesome.  If you want to reapply that same recipe to a whole slew of pictures (like what I did for the photos in this post….I just hit Control+F.)

Now let’s get to oogling my baby.  Drink some water.  It’s important to stay hydrated when oogling.

Seriously…the HAIR.  I have this feeling that it won’t always be curly and if I ever give him a haircut the curls will be gone forever.  I will probably die.

So don’t get all weird on me when he turns into Fabio because I refuse to cut it.

Ok…I was experimenting with creative cropping…and came up with this…I love it.

He has beautiful eyes…like steel to turquoise to the palest gentlest baby blue in the center.  His cousin Braden said they look like fireworks.  I agree wholeheartedly.

And in case I haven’t told you…he is the happiest baby.  Super laid back (for now) and he opens his mouth really wide when anyone looks at him or pays attention to him…it’s like his signature smile…

And even though he isn’t the best sitter (Weston was crawling by this age and I was NOT a fan of it that early), he is really good with his hands.  Will and Weston never had the best fine motor skills so this is a new change for us Bowers.

And this last one will be my favorite of the bunch.  I feel like it combines the fun cropping with the soft angelic editing and shows him as he is right now….sweet and curly and edible in every way.

p.s.  there is an affiliate program with RadLab for any bloggers out there that would like to give it a whirl.  I haven’t signed up for it so I don’t know the details.