We really enjoy collecting art from Real Artists and have slowly been building our ‘collection' over the years. Most of the pieces we've collected have some sort of significance to us (an artist we know, a location we like, a theme, etc…)
In the perfect world, my house would be filled with works by talented and inspiring artists like David Arms. But alas, that's not in the cards any time soon. So, to adorn my otherwise bare walls, I end up making my own ‘art.'
I am, by no means, a gifted, artistically educated artist: but I do like to create stuff. I did take an oil painting class years ago when we lived in Nashville. It was a perfect situation. We met in an oldish home down near Music Row. We were taught by an aspiring country musician and listened to great music while we painted.
When we moved East, I was never able to replicate that situation and my art production plummeted. I still like to dabble and push myself to create pretty things and over the next several weeks, will take on ‘Art Projects' that will include tutorials. My hope is to encourage everyone to Make Art and not be bound by pre-conceived notions of what ‘Art' should look like.
Merriam-Webster defines Art:
I take solace that no where in the definition does it say, ‘by a formally trained artist'. The whole ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder' thing is really important in creating your art. Make art that it pleases you and makes you smile or content or peaceful or inspired or energized.
Our first Make Art project uses a great app that many of you iPhone users have already, the Waterlogue App. This is probably the only app, other than some sleep apps which I've since discarded, that I paid for. It has easily earned it's $2.99 value and then some. Unfortunately, at this writing it's not avaialble for Android phones. Seems the closest Android App is called FotoFlexer.
When my daughter and I were brainstorming art ideas for her bedroom walls, the Waterlogue Appwas the answer. First I took a photo of the back of her head, with her hair in a loose bun. I took the photos with my iPhone, which made the already easy process just that much easier. The Waterlogue App pulls photos from your photostream and then offers you several options. For our photo, we used the first option, which is the Vibrant format. This is what it looks like after going through the Waterlogue App in the Vibrant and Color Bloom modes.
We were torn between the Vibrant and the Color Bloom option. I like that the pencil strokes are a bit more pronounced in the Color Bloom, but I deferred to my daughter.
We loved the way this looks in her room, so decided to try another one. Typically I like to mix up my media, but we opted to throw caution to the wind and go with the Waterlogue App again. We did mix a little in that we framed this first one and decided to put the second one onto a wrapped canvas.
Here's the second go with the Waterlogue App. She had seen pictures of black high-heeled pumps that she liked, so we went in that direction. She put on her black pumps with her rolled-up jeans and we went to work. The difficulty with this shot was getting at foot level, but we persevered and got the shot we wanted.
Here's what our photo taken on my iPhone looked like.
After we put it through the Color Bloom setting on Waterlogue, here's our final result
I then uploaded the image to CanvasPeople.com and ordered an 11 inch by 11 inch wrapped canvas. They often have promotions. We love the way these pieces of artwork tied my sweet girl's room together.
I purchased the letter ‘K' from a deal site several months ago, but it came from American Laser Crafts. I paid less than 1/2 of the listed price, so keep your eyes open for a deal on it. It came as unfinished wood. and I usedRust-Oleum Metallic Gold spray paint on it.
The round mirror was a thrift store find that was originally lime/avocado green.I don't have a before picture, but I sprayed it withRust-oleum Metallic Gold spray paint to get the bright and shiny silver finish. See my post on comparing different metallic spray paints here.
When we were done photographing her feet, she kicked her shoes off and left them on the floor (shocker…I know). But I liked how they looked, snapped a photo and ran them through Waterlogue to see what she thought. While she liked the ones with her feet in them better, we both liked the way this one looked as well. I've included it as another example for you.
So get busy and Make Art.
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