As I said yesterday, decorating a teenage boy’s room is not easy! It is still not done but I have to say steady progress is being made. Although I have to admit, very slowly!
With the 98 degree temperatures, yesterday and today were spent indoors in the AC. So while I was feeling a bit trapped in my house, I decided to to spend some of the time painting a canvas for my son’s wall. Yesterday I posted a photo of the inspiration pillow I was going to use and explained how an empty black canvas was already hanging on his wall just waiting for someone to paint something on it. The only problem was that he was still sleeping and probably would be for many more hours (you know teenage boys like to sleep) and I wanted to get to work! I was brave and I quietly crept into his room and picked the empty black canvas off of his wall. He did wake up for a few seconds…long enough to give me the Evil Eye… but not interested enough to ask me what I was doing and then drifted off again. :)
This was a very easy project to do. I used a canvas that was painted with some black craft paint. I then took a yard stick and a pencil and I marked on the canvas where I wanted the vertical lines and circles to be. I did one column at a time because I wanted to vary the sizes of my circles and I didn’t want it to look crowded. This way I could visually see where the next column should go after I had the first one drawn. I also measured from the side edges for each vertical line and made a tic mark at the top and bottom of the canvas and then lined my yard stick up to both tic marks to that I was sure to get a straight line.
I used drinking glasses to get the assorted circles that I needed and outlined either the top or bottom of the glass for perfect circles. For the smallest circles, I traced around my craft paint bottles.
Then all I had to do was fill in the circles with paint. I did two coats for all the circles except the green circles which needed an extra 3rd coat of paint.
For the lines that thread through all of the circles I used a gray colored glaze paint that I had left over from another project. It has a metallic and almost shimmery look to it. In the first few photos I only had a single gray thread running through the circles but when you look closely at the pillows they had two threads…so I added a 2nd thread. It made a big difference I think and looks more like the pillows.
In this shot I am trying to show the “pebble” like texture that his quilt has in it.
And here it is finally hanging on the wall.
My son says he likes it. I think that’s code for he’s glad it’s done and I won’t be tip toeing into his room in the early morning to take empty canvas’ to be painted off of his walls. :)
I still have some more work to do in here but at least the basics are taken care of. And I am still considering re-painting it a darker color of gray but for right now it’s good.
Is decorating a room ever really done? :)