Life by number

I like to think of myself as a creative person.  But sometimes I just want to zone out and not think.  That’s why I love paint by numbers.  Not the cheesy ones of woodland creatures or huge boats sailing on a rough sea – no.  I ain’t no blind grandma.  I like the ones that are a little bit different and don’t look like a typical number project.

When I first moved to Texas I wanted a painting to go over our mantel.  I browsed online and saw a painting I loved, but it cost around $400.  I couldn’t justify that price when I could paint something myself, so I didn’t buy it.  But when I saw that same painting as a number kit for much, much less, I had to scoop that sucker up.

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We moved to a new house last year and I gained a bathroom.  I wanted to spruce up the beige walls in the upstairs bathroom, but was feeling burnt out with the end of school and packing and everything a move entails and was creatively pretty tapped out.  So I went back to amazon and found a funky paint by number kit.

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If you’re not artistic but don’t have a huge budget to blow on a fantastic piece of art, go online and check out some paint by number kits.  You’ll have to wade through some typical blah-diddy-blah-blah old school designs, but you if you stick with it you can find some unique pieces out there for under $50.  All you need is patience to find it, then patience to paint it!

 

Just call me Andy (Warhol)

I have a college education, times two.  Yup, I went twice.  And I don’t use any of that education in my job.  Yay me, for an awesome use of money!

Before my kids were born I designed wedding invitations, and my plan has always been to go back to it.  But last year I got sidetracked… I started painting portraits and pets and it took off.  I never considered commissioning my work before, but as I have discovered things tend to work out better for me when I just go with the flow and don’t plan too much.

This is one of the first paintings I did, and it’s hanging in my husband’s office.

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I work from photos.  Here is the original.

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Aren’t we cute?  First I sketch the photo in pencil, then I choose my color scheme.  I try to stick to two or three colors as that gives the best pop art feel.  Too many colors and it gets a bit too busy.  This painting gave me some trouble… I tried it in blue first, and I just wasn’t feeling it.

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Yuck.  One of the reasons I love paint as a medium is because if something sucks, you can just paint over it and nobody will know.  Except I just told you.  DOH!  And here’s the finished product:

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This kid better be a girl…

Those who know me know that despite my best efforts, nothing I do turns out quite like everybody else’s.  This used to drive me crazy, I used to think there must be something wrong with me.  But with age comes wisdom or at least the ability to no longer care so much about the opinions of others, so I decided to embrace that which makes me different and just go with it.  I have been so much happier since making this decision!

When I was pregnant with my first about 8000 years ago, we decided to make our daughter’s nursery really special.  No pale pastels or pictures of teddy bears here!  We went with an energetic pink on three walls and a bold deep shade on the accent wall.

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This was the jumping off point, and we really enjoyed playing around with design ideas in photoshop, as I’m sure most nerdy-types do.  Once we nailed down the design, we bought some sticky vinyl and away we went.  This is how it turned out.

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This is the completed accent wall, otherwise known as “the project to make a hormonal pregnant lady even crazier”.  My poor husband.

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Room details. Hubber took those photos himself, of flowers in nearby front yards.  And thus endeth our first forray into decorating for baby.  I think we did pretty well!  Although as luck would have it, my daughter much prefers the color blue.  Typical.