Emblem - well, sort of
The past weekend found me painting a bit in the herb garden. No, I wasn't painting herbs. I wanted to address the imposing white wall towering over our little "salad bowl". I am a self proclaimed Francophile. I adore bumble bees, and olive leaves, and crowns, and wreaths - honestly, all things French. I thought it would be fun to incorporate these French elements into an emblem of sorts, marking our time of curating the cottage. I thought this little emblem would dress up the white carriage house wall. The only problem, I am not an artist.
Here's how I did it. After deciding upon the elements, I drew a sketch upon a piece of plastic, to be exact a gallon size storage bag. Then I used a projector to project the sketched image upon the carriage house wall. Moving the projector forward, backward, to get the size, perspective I wanted. It was 5 AM on Sunday morning....
After achieving the size I liked, I loosely penciled off the design onto the wall.
I wanted the design to mimic a soft, shadowy sketch. I chose to paint the design using black chalk paint. Chalk paint is easy to work with; using water to thin it becomes translucent, creating shadows, defining a little are easy with chalk paint. Using it full strength works great to edge. I wanted to achieve something simplistic.
Once painted, I sealed the wall using Fixatif sealant spray.
|for perspective, the ladder is six feet, the emblem is about 4' square|
While out taking photos for this post, my little inspiration stopped by for a lemon tree visit.
Don't you forget to "stop and smell the roses"; I caught Puppy doing just that after we fed the birds...
Thank you for stopping by to visit me. Until next time, wishing you all the best -