I feel like everyday I'm getting the chance to do-over. I yell at my kids...i get a do-over. I snap at my husband...i get a do-over. I don't clean my house...well, then I just get a "do."
However, my perfectionist side sometimes gets the best of me. For example, if you saw my house, I actually have pretty blank walls and undecorated shelves because I'm afraid of messing up and I don't want to do-over. I sometimes give up on a project when I soon realize I can't do it perfect. Or I don't start something unless I know it will be amazing. That's why this next project was a real big step for me.
I attempted a painting for my office. My office is a horrible pale blue color (i didn't choose it) and I need something bright for the walls, so I decided to do a "drag paint" painting for my wall. I had no idea how it would turn out.
Okay. You'll need:
a canvas (2 pack is $7.99 at Michael's and this week there was a 50% off coupon)
a squeegee or something that can drag the paint (a stiff piece of cardstock works, too)
a sponge brush
a paper plate for the paint
optional - a chopstick to make details
I first painted a thin coat of paint on the canvas (so it wouldn't be so stark on the white) then I squeezed a generous amount of paint at the top of the canvas. (I dripped paint, too...but that's okay)
Then I took the squeegee (or the cardstock) and I dragged the paint down the canvas.
So, here's the do-over part. From this you can see that my painting looked like a colorful highway. So, I waited for it to dry and I did the same thing with the paint going horizontal. I did this a few times. I even got the idea to cut out a bird and paint the silhouette. And of course, no bird is without flowers, so i took the end of a chopstick and I dipped it in paint and I created little flowers.
Now, I'm not convinced that I love these paintings, but I had fun. I'm sure my kids would have had fun, too...had I let them play. Although, while I was doing this my 3 year old kept giving me her commentary about the colors I should use. It was a nice introduction to impressionistic art, because she was telling me that the orange stripe made her happy with the blue.