Options

So I told you guys that I was helping my friend design his new apartment. Here are some of the options I sent him. Remember the theme for his bedroom is “murder.” The mural is the main focus of the design. Let me know what you all think.

Jerome Apartment 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Option 1

Jerome Apartment 5

 

 

Option 2

Jerome Apartment 3

 

 

Option 3

Jerome Apartment 1

~Laverne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blank Canvas

I am getting ready to move to a new apartment. I am so excited although we have not decided on a place yet. I want to really want to add a little bit of design to it. I have so many ideas that I want to try to execute.

It is going to be terrible though because my boyfriend and I are going to live with a roommate again. So, I do not know how much designing I will be able to get away with and whether they will be able to take care of things. I live with this person now and we bump heads quite a bit and his logic is something else. I am sure I can survive one more year with him, besides the logic thing he can be cool.

Anyways, back to the designing aspect. There are previous ideas that I have supplies for that I have yet to execute and new ones as well. Here are a few of my upcoming projects that I want to do and are very easy. 

 

I simply can’t wait to get these going. I will show you what I have done step by step. I always try to take an idea and see how i can do it differently or better. 

~Laverne W.

How to Speckle Paint

Sorry I been missing for weeks. I have been working on a few new items for my shop on Etsy. I am so excited to share those with you all very soon.

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So on one of the items I am working on I decided I wanted to speckle paint on the surface. Only problem with that is that I could not think of a simple way doing it. Of course, some research had to be done. Come to find out all I needed was a toothbrush. Basically. you dip you toothbrush in the paint and rub your thumb (I prefer using anther tool so my hands are not any more messier than they already are) across the bristles to fling the paint your surface. I felt really silly after reading that because I already knew that just could not recall. Thanks to this little article I found (below). There are also some other helpful little tidbits to get the right kind of speckles. Enjoy!

~Laverne

Painting With A Toothbrush/ Beach Rock

Posted by JT Morrow under Daily Artwork

No studio is complete without a toothbrush. Yes, you read that right.

This week I’ll show you several ways that a toothbrush can be used to improve your paintings.

Let’s start with the most obvious: speckling.  Often the best way to imitate the texture of an object is to speckle paint onto it.  Rocks and sand are two such cases and I’ve incorporated both into this painting of a rock I found along the local beach.

I start by brushing in raw sienna for the sand color, then paint the gray of the rock.  I add the white streaks and some shading onto the rock and also add the cast shadow on the sand.  Once this dries, I dip my toothbrush into burnt umber and drag my thumb across it to flick specks of paint onto the sand area.  This can really grind the paint into your thumb so, instead,  you might want to use the handle of a brush or something similar to drag across the toothbrush.  It creates a marvelous random pattern of specks.  You can control the size and nature of the specks to a degree by keeping in mind the following points:

  • The more water you add to the paint, the bigger the specks and the more semi-transparent they’ll be.
  • The less water you add to the paint, the smaller the specks will be and the more opaque.
  • A wet toothbrush will also make the paint specks bigger and more semi-transparent.
  • A wet or damp surface will make the specks have soft edges and bleed after they hit the surface

I leave a few brown specks on the rock but dab most of them off with a wet paper towel.  I let the surface dry before I speckle more paint because, as pointed out above, a wet surface will cause the paint that falls onto it to have softer edges.  This, sometimes, might be the look you’re after.  But, in order to mimic the specks on the rock, I want them to be sharp edged.

Once the surface has dried, I mix some ultramarine blue in with the burnt umber, dip my toothbrush into it and speckle it onto the rock.  Any specks that fall outside the rock area and onto the sand area, I clean up with  a damp towel.  Once the dark specks have dried, I dab my toothbrush into white paint and speckle the rock area with it.  Again, most if not all of the white specks that fall onto the sand area are quickly wiped up.

And, that’s it.  An easy way to add the perfect texture to your painting.  Compliments of the toothbrush.