Wednesday, February 1, 2012

DIY Art Ikea Hack

As I alluded yesterday that I have picked up painting again, and boy oh boy, my strokes are rusty. I guess it's unlike riding a bike or swimming, painting is practice-makes-perfect type of skill.

Anyhow, I thought I would start something small and gradually warm up into it. I've always wanted to try incorporating painting frame into a minimalist impressionism painting, and what other better option than start with a solid wood wide frame like Ikea Malma Mirror. So I yanked out the mirror glued onto the frame, replaced it with a piece of 4'x4' primed canvas, and secured it with a piece of cardboard and tape in the back, and I was all set.

It didn't take me much time to finish the painting (it's tiny after all), but to my surprise, I actually spent more time painting the "frame" than the canvas itself. :-) That's largely due to that I couldn't decide on the color shade I wanted the frame to be in contrast to the canvas, and whether I should use whitewashing technique. Anyhow, this is what it looks like, my first painting after hmm...a five-year break.

I haven't figured out a spot for it yet, so for now it's sitting on my living room's sofa table.

So have you rekindled any old hobbies or pick up new ones lately?

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