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?!