Thursday, 1 September 2011

Paint Party Friday - does redecorating the bedroom count?

I'm joking. Well, I'm not actually - we did take a few days off work last week to repaint our bedroom and our living room but I did actually do some art that I can bring to the party and which is now hanging in said newly redecorated rooms!!

You may remember a while ago I wanted to repaint the living room just to match the portrait I did of our dog, Reuben? Well, in the end up I discovered this gorgeous bedding by Lisa Strickley on the Debenhams website and, as we just so happened to still have a gift voucher that we’d received as a wedding present, I went ahead and got it. As the colours were aqua, white and black, Reuben’s wee black and white portrait goes very nicely up on the wall and will soon be joined by one of his sister, Brodie (if I can ever motivate myself to finish it!)


I just love the old typewriter font all over the quilted throw and it inspired me to come up with something for the wall above our bed.

I wasn't exactly sure what I would end up with when I started out but I just sort of went with it.  I began by painting two canvasses with the paint we used on the wall – an off white colour called Timeless. Then I used the same font as on my blog header (Harting, if you want to know) and simply typed up all the places that meant something special to us in New York.

I ripped the words out of the pages to leave the edges all ragged and stuck them onto the canvasses. I then messed around on the computer with some of our wedding photos (taken by Brian Freedman of B-Freed photography) using the antique and diffuse glow settings to make them look old and grainy.

Once I had glued these on (I just used the stage 1 of the crackle glaze as glue) I then put the crackle glaze all over to add to the old shabby theme. I'm not sure if this constitutes mixed media or collage or a mixture of both? Either way it's the first time I've done something like this and I think I'll do more!



Close up of the words on ripped paper




S and I are really pleased with how they turned out and they fit in with the rest of our bedroom perfectly. I can only apologise for the rubbish quality of my photography - it's just easier to take photos on my tab and email them straight to myself so I can get them straight to the computer but I really should learn how to use one of the bells and whistles cameras S has!

Then we redecorated the living room – we kept the main walls the same cream and repainted the feature fire place wall. It was a lovely warm red and its now a lovely cool sage/olive green. S isn’t too sure about it as he loved how warm the red made the room feel especially with the fire lit but I love it – it looks really nice against the dark wood fireplace and furniture.

Of course I took the photo at night so you can't
really tell it's a lovely sage/olive colour!

With our lovely Betsy Jarvis cushions!

Anyway, I needed some new wall art and so being all enamoured of how my bedroom pieces had turned out, I had a go at photo-shopping two of my pointy landscapes – they used to look like this:

Alleyways of Girona
Queensferry Arch
And after changing the hue and adding a bit of graininess they now look like this:







I did the same to a photo S took of a view over the lake at Hernshead in Central Park – it used to look like this:


It now looks like this:





That’s my artistic lot for the week – oh but in other news – a massive thanks to Eva who bought 5 of my Twisty towns in my Etsy shop this week!! She’s now the proud owner of the set of 3 ‘Building Bridges, the 'Twisted Rain' one and a print of one called ‘Feeling Blue’. I’m delighted she liked them enough to buy and can’t wait to see them hanging up in their new home (Oh and thanks to Eva I can now also say I’ve sold my art internationally!!)

I’m home alone this weekend and so will definitely be able to visit the other Paint Party- goers before the middle of next week this time!!

36 comments:

  1. what a beautiful post,, you have such a lovely home and I love the art,, how clever!

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  2. Great post. Really nice makeover on everything. Love the photos. Have a great weekend and Happy PPF!

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  3. Of course all your lovely painting adventures count! It is so much fun to get a glimpse into your world and see the wonderful way you've been using your art to decorate... So meaningful and personal!

    I enjoyed learning about your process and I loved seeing how you altered the art you already created :)

    Congratulations on your international sales!

    xo
    Kristin

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  4. Wow! What a fantastic make over! Both rooms look great, and the art for your walls is wonderful. Really great! Happy PPF, Valerie

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  5. Wow I love what you have done. Very inspiring plus I always love a nosey around other people's houses :o) Great stuff. Happy PPF

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  6. Love how you decorated your bedroom. :) Those words are great inspiration. Beautiful!

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  7. The word/multi media collage looks stunning in situ. You are very multi skilled. It looks to me that no matter what you turn your hand to you will always do it well! Lovely post thanks

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  8. I agree with Rosie's comments you are a very talented lady. Loving your makeovers and that quilt throw is sensational. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  9. Hi Nicola - first time here for me. What an inspiring post! I love what you did with your wedding pictures and those pointy landscapes are wonderful. I'm so pleased I have met you. I look forward to reading your future posts :)

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  10. Wow...you have been busy. All the new artwork is wonderful, and your place looks so peaceful.

    I've never been able to hang anything on the wall above the bed, the hubs thinks it will fall in the night and kill him.

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  11. That bedroom is charming. LOVE it! You have been a very busy girl. Wishing you a very happy PPF!

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  12. Awesome ~ creative and you have done so much ~ Wow! ~Thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

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  13. Phew what a post! What a busy girl, I feel quite worn out just thinking about it all!!

    Love what you did with Photoshop. They look fab in the frames don't they. It's amazing how much a frame can change a picture.

    Very clever work with the art above your bed too - I had a look at that bedlinen and was sorely tempted!!

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  14. Great makeover and I really love what you did with the art!!! Congrats on the sale too..that is always exciting ♫♥♫

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  15. That's one beautiful and inspired room for sure! Love the typewriter print accents and wall art! TOO COOL! LOVE! Happy PPF! POP ART MINIS

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  16. Cool home dec projects. The bedroom looks so calming. Congrats on the twisty town sales!

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  17. Fantastic use of your wedding pictures - the collages are wonderful and work really well with your decor. Love the way you altered your art - both versions are beautiful.

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  18. Yay...fabulous post...thanks for taking me thourgh this adventure...love the art..so gorgeous..love the makeover too..simply fantastic...such a wonderful job..shine on..and enjoy!
    Victoria

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  19. your rooms look beautiful as does your art! I enjoyed this post.

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  20. Oh I love your decorating adventure! You did wonderful and your art is awesome!!! Deb

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  21. Hi Pointy Pix. Here is some info on Day of The Dead or Dia de Los Muertos.

    Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.


    I'll be doing a small altar this year, not as big as previous years. I need to honor my son, dad, and step-mom. Thanks for asking. Have a great weekend.

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  22. I just love all the work you did, the photographs, your NY piece. I love NYC too!
    Happy PPF!

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  23. what great details of your artistic journey for the week! I love how you clearly explained the beautiful word frames hanging on your room. Definitely fits your room:) Congrats on having made to sold your art. Have a great day!

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  24. You've done a beautiful job painting and decorating! And what creative artwork to complement the walls!

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  25. The changes to the photos are quite amazing, and I like them a lot.

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  26. You have been industrious indeed and such wonderful pieces you created. They all look great hanging on your walls!

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  27. Sorry I'm just now getting by....I loved this post- I think decorating is another true art, and so much fun to do- I LOVE the way you used your bedding as inspiration and the way you commemorated your wedding in these (VERY cool) canvases- beautiful work! I also really like what you did in your living room- ours is red (I've been wanting to change it for ages, but I always get outvoted by the rest of the family ;))
    And I'm SO happy for you the Eva bought your twisty towns- I know she will LOVE having them in her home!

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  28. Your home is so cozy and pretty. I love what you've done with your pictures, what a fantastic idea! And what great reminders of your trip to NY :)

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  29. great post. Needless to say I LOVE your mixed media art in your bedroom :) I also really liked seeing your makeover. I am spending the long weekend (It's a holiday in the States tomorrow) cleaning and purging. I hope to move to painting soon.

    Loved the picture of Central Park too.

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  30. OK...loving these! All of them! What fabulous ideas. I LOVE finding ways to add art...especially art that is personal & meaningful...to my house. Isn't it fun? I am so glad you shared. :)

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  31. This all looks like it came straight out of the PotteryBarn Catalog! (Which is a very trendy, GORGEOUS home decor catalog) Wow! You have so many talents!

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  32. Very cool art you made! I LOVE what you did with typed words on the canvas. Those turned out fantastic! And your pointy landscapes look awesome with the new colors. Wonderful ideas you had and turned into beautiful art for your home. :)

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  33. wow - come to my house and do a re-do. Love it all!!!!
    cheers, dana

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  34. You are super creative!...nice job creating your own home decor. The photoshop changes came out fabulous :)

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  35. Love your artwork and creativity! It's one thing to find inspiration, and another to act on it... very nice job :)

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