Saturday, September 24, 2011

pinteresting ideas

This weekend I was hoping to do a little project I saw on Pinterest. So far things are shaping up to be a little busier than I expected so we'll see. Maybe I'll have something fun to share in a few days.
As I was thinking about it though, I remembered the project Sara and I did back in June. We saw this and thought it would be fun to try so we put our kids to bed, served up brownies and got to work.
First we brushed some whites and browns across a couple of canvases and I fidgeted with my (at the time) dying camera. I gave up on my sticky shutter and decided to document the moment in Hipstamatics.
Then we painted on some branchy shapes and I noticed our brownies matched our project so far. Sara has a knack for reproducing art just like the original while I have a knack for always making up my own rules and then wishing I had just followed directions. (and this is where I wanted to link to a fantastic firetruck painting that Sara did and blogged...but I can't find it! Sara, link it in the comments!)
We added spots of paint with round sponge brushes and, for a finishing touch, mod podged some cut-outs from a stack of paint chips. We could have painted all the spots but the paper bits added some interesting texture to the whole thing.
diy art
The final result is a quirky pretty piece of art that perfectly matches all the colors of our new home. Mine looks absolutely nothing like the piece that inspired it but I love it. I love it because it reminds me of my sweet friend and that time we stayed up till 2a.m. crafting with paper and sponge brushes like kindergartners.
copycat art
(By the way, I saw the original at World Market the other day and it is a beautiful painting with depth and color and meaning I could never replicate. I am not advocating for copying artists work to sell or claim creative credit for, but art inspires art, so I see nothing wrong with studying a particular work and making your own version for fun as you giggle and munch brownies with your best friend. Just sayin.)


  1. I had so much fun doing this project with you! Maybe it's a good thing we don't live in the same town? Pinterest wouldn't stand a chance with us. ;) (neither would our wallets...but our homes would look AMAZING and completely ECLECTIC)
    Let's do it again, okay? Okay.
    Now, I do believe this is the link you were looking for:
    And please, to anyone who cares, I wholeheartedly agree with what Kelli said about replicating art for the sake of your own enjoyment. I have not and will not copycat someone else's creation for profit. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?

  2. yes, that's the firetruck! even better than I remembered. I love that it's on three canvases.
    and you got it, friend -next craft night, my house, k? also next time we'll make sure the husbands are around to get up with our six kids in the morning (or at least make the coffee:)

  3. Gorgeous! Good of you to link to the original art piece, too.

    I'm afraid I love pinterest a little too much - I only let myself visit on the weekends and after the kids are in bed. It's addicting! :)

  4. Well, I'm not usually one for staying up until 2am, but these look great!

  5. That is absolutely beautiful. I love it. I wish I was talented. Kristin


Related Posts with Thumbnails