As a part of moving house, I wanted to keep a bit of a ‘personal record’ of what we have changed, when, and how.
The house we’ve brought was (mostly) functional, but a bit dated and by far the worst room in the house was the one which has been designated to our son – it’s also the smallest room in the house as well, so the perfect room to start with for a couple of DIY novices!
The room was painted a grizzly green colour that I don’t even know if I can describe – and being an artist that’s saying something. It was a bit like infected snot or pale peas or something. Either way, it wasn’t attractive. Also left in the room was a single bed, that I don’t think even the dog wanted to sleep on! So that had to be removed before we even started doing anything in the room.
The first thing was to redo all the gloss paint in the room – cause the skirting board and radiator were more of a cream than white. This made the room look instantly fresher.
The next step was to paint the walls – we’d picked out a nice wallpaper from B and Q – Marcus had a hand in picking this himself by enthusiastically pointing to the wallpaper when shown a couple of options. So the paint we picked matched the wallpaper. It was one of Valspar’s colour mixing paints, which was pretty exciting in itself seeing as Marcus and I have watched how this is done on the Cbeebies show ‘Do you know?’ I think the colour we picked was called ‘Morning Glory’ but I can’t 100% recall.
We are by no means experts when it comes to hanging wallpaper, but we were pleasantly surprised that it only took us an evening to do; while Marcus was sleeping in the spare room. We’re reasonably proud of how it came out too; considering the hiccups we had along the way – paper tearing because it was a bit too wet with wallpaper paste, not quite getting the patterns lined up and the concern that there might be stains because of the paste. Thankfully come the morning these things weren’t noticeable!!
While we changed the room around, we also took the side of Marcus’ cot as well and he has been sleeping pretty well despite the change!
Well, one painting down. One more to go!
Although I know the painting itself isn’t anything overly revolutionary in content or technique or anything, I am rather pleased to have been able to get something done. I’m having a bit of a proud moment. I mean, if I can finish one painting, why not another? Then another? And would it be boring to just stick with the same sort of style and theme for a few paintings? These are the dilemmas that I come across when I create something. I’m scared of being a boring ‘one trick pony’ but at the same time doing lots of different things just doesn’t seem to have any real focus to it. Honestly, I love experimenting and trying out new things with artwork and feel more like a dabbler then anything else. I don’t know if that’s the right sort of direction to take with this journey. Maybe having a lot of different experiences with art isn’t such a bad thing?
Now that it is done though, I am not sure what to do with it. I might hang it up somewhere in the house, seeing as I am rather fond of it. I am just not sure where it can go!
Right now though, I am putting up with a rather grumpy and grumbly Barley. I have a man from BT in the house fixing the internet (This post was pre written) seeing as it has been intermittent throughout the last week, which is why there has been a lack of posts on the blog.
So Barley has been shut in his bed while the man does his work. But it’s a bit of an odd situation really, I don’t think Barley would be so growly and grumbly if he’d been able to introduce himself to the man and give him a ‘right of passage’ but not everyone wants to be sniffed by a dog. Especially not when working. What do you do in these situations? I can’t take him out for a walk and leave the man to work in the house on his own. If anyone has any doggy advice here I would love to hear it! I feel guilty for leaving him shut in his bed making sulking noises.
And, a little work in progress on the fishy painting front.
I started some of these images last week, but only really got round to posting them today – mostly due to the feeling of a stressful and upsetting weekend thanks to my jaw playing up.
We’ve more or less come to the conclusion that the jaw is due to stress, worry and anxiety anyway over the up-coming change in our lives. That doesn’t overly help much in the ways of what to actually do about the jaw and the problem it’s presenting other than taking stronger pain killers (Which have helped) and trying to be as relaxed as possible (Which the husband has been an absolute God-send over! Especially seeing as the dog managed to chew up my mouth guard today!)
Anyhow, back onto the pictures! I’ve had the idea of painting something flower-esque onto the yellow, pinky coloured painted canvas. But, keeping in the theme of abstract I was wondering how I could paint flowers without dipping into the realm of realism. So it has been a case of practising with my Coloursoft crayons – which I adore no end – and seeing what sort of shapes and colour combinations that I could come up with; and I think I’ve got something that I can put onto the canvas and be happy with now. So, I am looking forward to getting the paints out again and giving it a go.
However the other two canvas’ hadn’t been quite so accommodating when it comes to giving me ideas for what to put on them. I was convinced that flowers (Or there about) was the answer for the three of them.
Then it dawned on me that the effect I was looking for for the blue and white one was something water-based when actually trying to paint it. So, I got to thinking what else could be done on it. What else do I like? Then I saw the fish tank in the corner of the living room and had that eureka moment! So today the fish were what I practised with; which was actually rather nice to do.
I just need to figure out the composition of them both and I’m good to go.
And have a bit more of a think what to do with the darker of the three canvas. If anyone has any ideas then please, let me know what you think?