I'm so glad you made it to Part Two of this DIY project! I just love the before and after photo, but don't jump to the end of my post- haha.
Here is a reminder of how I originally designed and painted my canvases. These used to hang in the dining room of my previous apartment. The color scheme was was bold, dark, and modern. (Click HERE to see "DIY Painted Canvas Artwork: Part One")
This half-moon design will take us through the evolution of my re-design. Well, technically, it's re-coloring...
I wanted to re-design my DIY Canvas Artwork for Baby S's nursery. The goal was to accent the deep green, orange, grey, and navy blue (blackish) found in his bedding. Remember when I added this Oh Joy! bedding collection to my registry the gender of my baby was unknown. (Click HERE to see "How to Register for a Colorful, Gender Neutral Nursery")I focused on the more boyish colors since I have a baby boy.
My plan was to paint jungle green over the existing yellow-green. I still had leftover jungle green paint from my DIY Painted Changing Table project. Then I was going to paint over some of the navy blue with a custom-mixed orange. It wasn't a huge project, but I was so glad to have the help of my nieces! They are teenagers, and followed my instructions very well. I'm sure they rolled their eyes at me a few times....but they're TEENAGERS- Lol- and we had fun..
We were in full production mode at my dining table. You can see that we sectioned off the areas to paint with painter's tape, just like the first time around. And yes, that's the baby monitor amongst all the creativity on the table. I am the momma after all!
I could already feel my canvas feeling happier and brighter with these enhanced colors. Don't you agree?
After the first layer of paint dried, I decided to add some custom-mixed mint green also to give a softer feel. Pastels have a way of softening any color scheme, and this is for my nursery, so soft and calm is good.
You can see the smile on my face. I was so SO pleased how this re-design turned out. See how the mint green flows with the dusty mint wall color?
Not to rain on the parade, but I was like 90% happy with it. I still wasn't capturing the essence of the bedding. I realized that even though I brought in my main accent colors, that wasn't enough. The balance of all the colors in the polka dot bedding is what I love so much. The pairing of two shades of green and two shades of orange is more dynamic and playful. I knew what I had to do. It was time to custom mix some neon pinky-orange to balance it out.
YUP. Look at that awesome half-moon glowing in the night...I bet you can hardly remember what it originally looked like! It is so much happier now.
Here is how it looks in our nursery. LOVE. Do you see how it's more interesting with two shades of colors? It adds more depth to the design. I know it's odd to accessorize with an even number of artwork, but I think the half-vertical and half-horizontal orientations balance out really well. Notice how I spread out the circle designs and linear designs.
You know, Baby S totally realized that something new was in his room. After the installation, he would point at them, and stare at them. It was amazing to see how he was aware of the new colors and artwork in his nursery.
You've been so patient, so here is my before and after of my DIY Painted Canvas Artwork. Whenever I look at them, which is often (haha), I'm reminded of our life before and after Baby S, and how lucky we are to have him with us each and every day.