We have been having some fun over at Zest Quarters, literally playing with paint. Remember those huge sheets of butcher block that you got to paint on in preschool? Well this project took me back to those good ol’ days! If you recall, our new space was riddled with multiple portraits of the former proprietor.
Photo Credit Anya McInroy
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After saying goodbye to this artwork with about 3 coats of white paint, it was time to get dirty!
-acrylic paint
-natural sponge/s
Sam and I had a good little giggle here because it seems that just about every time we decide to paint, I happen to be wearing dress clothes….nothin’ a trash bag can’t fix!
Using basic acrylic paint, I mixed in water to make almost a colored wash.
With a natural sponge, I was able to swipe the colors horizontally along the top of the wall. Having enough water mixed in the paint (about 50/50) allows for the paint to move freely with gravity and create a lovely water color effect as it moves south on the wall. We chose to use multiple colors for our wall to mimic our website, but monochromatic would be beautiful, too.
Since Sam and I really did not want a drippy looking wall, we made the extra effort to swipe away drips with another damp, clean sponge.
Drip, drip, drip….
swipe, swipe, swipe.
The result is already so magical! Having this vibrant wall in our space instantly puts me in a great mood!
Cheers to a little bold creativity!
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  • Shirley
    on Feb 15, 2018

    Thank you very much for your feedback.

  • Carey
    on Aug 11, 2018

    July 1 1962, I married that man that I would spend the rest of his life with. Our first apt. was an upstairs attic apt. & it had storage on both sides of the apt. under the eves. When we opened the doors into them, we discovered that our landlady was a wonderful artist. She had painted murals on all the walls of those storage areas. We both had to go into them to look at the beautiful murals that we found there. Not a hint of them until we opened the door. So in answer to the folks who wonder about the hidden art! An artist loves art so much that to them, it doesn't matter that it is sometimes hidden, it still brings them joy to create it & then to occasionally see it. Besides, you never know who or when it will bring joy to someone else who runs across it.

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