If you read this blog regularly you know I’ve been helping Chris decorate his apartment in Athens, Ga. I’ll pause to pat myself (and him! He’s the willing participant!) on the back by showing you a before picture (which I just came across; you haven’t seen this before):
Here’s what it looks like now (different apartment, different look):
Not really the point of this post though. I’m writing now because his birthday is this month, and he came to Charlotte last weekend for a birthday bonanza. I knew whatever I got him had to be extra special – he’s one of my best friends, and of course I wanted to further this amazing transformation of his apartment … And what does he need more than anything else? Something for the walls!
I am a graphic artist, but I am not a painter. I would show you the first attempt Chris and I made to create art for his walls, but I’m too embarrassed. Let’s just say it’s not there yet. But I had seen a project done on Top Design and thought: I can totally do that. Of course, how many times is it easier said than done? But I had it in my head that it’d be perfect for Chris, so I knew there was only one way to find out. So, here’s how a non-painter made a painting (pay attention, if I can do it, you can too):
1. Steal an idea Find an inspiration piece.
2. Buy supplies
4. Obtain a captive audience. Preferably, one that won’t tell you how you’re doing it wrong.
5. Lean canvas vertically against something (in my case, a split-rain fence.) Open your first paint can and – dump it out. Cross your fingers as you watch it dribble down that it does something cool. And viola!
6. Wait a really long time. I mean, a really long time. In my case, an entire day. If you’re impatient like me, this will be really hard. Do it anyway.
8. Repeat step 6.
10. Repeat step 6.
12. Give it to Chris, watch his face as he realizes a) hey this matches my apartment perfectly, and b) you did this all by yourself!