My second Works For Me Wednesday post ever! W00t! There’s no stopping me now!
As I may have mentioned, we have been repainting our house (inside) in order to cleanse it of (some) of the crazy, cockeyed, random, and psychedelic colors I have, over the years, subjected it to. The result has been some very clean, very bright rooms. Unfortunately they also look a little…sterile. My littlest boys’ room, especially, needed a shot of FUN.
The theme of choice was “outer space”, and so I set to work to find some wall art that would have the necessary complement of rockets and planets and stars, only to find everything exorbitantly priced. One print, for instance, would cost me $40, and there was a lot of wall-space to cover! So I revisited an earlier thought that went something like I shall never again have prints on my walls, but shall buy original art from real artists, or create it myself.
Finding canvasses on sale at my local hobby store for 30% off, I bought ten of varying sizes, and went to work.
I had never painted planets before. Or rockets. Or stars. But I had a vague notion in my head of what I wanted them to look like, and so I gave it a go. I started with my tiniest canvas (about 4″ x 6″), and painted Pluto. Now, I know Pluto has been demoted to a planetOID, but I’m not ready to let him go. He turned out pretty well. I was psyched!
Brush in hand, I painted Uranus, and Neptune. I liked them too.
I plowed through Mercury…
Their sizes, while not exactly to scale (Jupiter and Saturn would have required canvasses about the size of my house), at least give the basic idea of which planets are smallest and so forth.
I was procrastinating attempting to paint Earth, though. It made me a little apprehensive, what with its continents and oceans and polar ice caps and whatnot. But I took a deep breath, grabbed an atlas, and told myself that I could always paint over it (and over it…and over it…) if I totally muffed it.
Doggone it if it didn’t turn out all right, or at least recognizable!
Now, Jupiter and Saturn were really fun. I had bought really big canvasses for them…I think they’re 2′ X 3’…I astounded myself by managing to paint a perfect circle for Saturn. I don’t know how I did that. I don’t think I could do it again if I tried.
Jupiter and his big red spot was fun too…
Lastly, I painted a rocket. Gabriel really, really loves rockets right now, and so I painted a likeness something akin to the vessel Wallace and Gromit use to go to the moon in their classic claymation tale. Then I printed out the faces of the three little boys who are going to inhabit the room, and painted some helmets on them.
Can I just say that the boys are tickled pink and cannot stop talking about how THEY are IN the ROCKET and THEY are GOING into OUTER SPACE and THEY are LOOKING OUT the WINDOWS and HEY DID YOU NOTICE that THEY are IN the ROCKET, THEY, THEMSELVES???
Lastly, I painted over each and every canvas with a hefty helping of Mod Podge to protect from various elements like grimy fingers and boogers and sneezes.
Here are the walls, to give you an idea of the scale of the canvasses. Please ignore the barenaked window (curtains to come), the unmade bed (bedclothes to come), and the generally poor lighting.
(quilt by my fabulously talented aunt)
Now, before you start telling me you could never do such a thing, let me once again emphasize that I had never, ever, ever, ever painted anything on a canvas before. Ever. I had not painted planets. I had not painted rockets. I did not know how it would turn out. But I decided to play anyway. And I truly believe that you, too, can do just as well, and probably far better, if you just relax and play a little bit yourself.
Next time you need some art, before you plunk down hard-earned cash on some yawnerific print of a painting by some dead dude (or dudette), grab yourself a discount canvas, some $1 bottles of acrylic paint, turn on some music, and let the muse take over. I’d be willing to bet that what you come up with will be completely wonderful, and more importantly, absolutely original.
For more Works-for-Me-Wednesday ideas, check out Shannon’s bloggy carnival here!