Maybe I'm too picky, but I never seem to see artwork when I'm out and about that sets my heart aflutter. I see tons of stuff on other blogs, I see stuff on Etsy, and in magazines, but never when I'm at HomeGoods/Ikea/etc. Like I said, maybe I'm picky. Here's the thing - I'm 100% ok with being picky - why should I have to compromise on something like a picture on the walls of my house? I only have so many walls and many spaces to put stuff, so I want to make sure that I truly LOVE what I do choose to display.
So what's a girl to do when she can't find the right thing to bring some color and whimsy to her world? DIY it of course! I'm no artist, but I do have some ability so I decided to go for it with a nice chunky block of watercolor paper and some watercolor paints that I received as a gift a million years ago.
My plot was suddenly foiled when I couldn't find the dang paints. So I sat on the couch and sulked for about 5 minutes and then it was like a light bulb went off right above my head - MARKERS! My silly Sarah had gotten a sweet set of markers for Easter - like a set of about 40 gorgeous fine-tipped Crayolas. Love 'em!
This might seem silly/cheesy and maybe I wouldn't recommend markers if you were doing a landscape or a portrait of your poodle, but for this it seemed to work great! Back in college (and high school and middle school probably) I was a bit of a doodler. I'd sit in class and draw geometric designs in my notebooks (not during important classes, Mom & Dad). So when I decided that I wanted to add some new artwork to the living room, I figured maybe some variation on these designs would work well. My old notebook pics were always pen on lined paper, but since this would be on display, and because I wanted to bring some COLOR to a mostly BROWN space, I picked out 6 perfect colors (plus black) and started in on my design.
I didn't take progress pics, but I can describe my overall process - start out by outlining a few large shapes. Don't be afraid to make them BIG to cover a lot of real estate on your page. After you've gotten a few areas defined on the page then go back and start adding in details a little at a time. Move around to different areas on the page so that the whole picture develops rather than just a single corner. It think that helps it stay balanced. You're finished when you say you are - but remember you can always add more, but it's hard to take some away so resist the temptation to cover every inch.
What do you think? I'm thinking of creating a gallery wall somewhere and having this be one of the pieces. It should look ok among some black/white photos or some more monochromatic prints.
I'll try to update tomorrow with a better photo - stuff looks pretty washed out at night.