Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Iron Craft #11: Rainy Days

The challenge this week:

"Craft up something that makes you think of rainy days, whether it’s the clouds, color of the sky, or something you use on a rainy day." Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough

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It's been rainy here in Winnipeg, so I had lots of inspiration.

And I gotta say that I came up with the project that takes it as best Iron Craft project I've ever completed.

You guys! I can paint! :O



I painted that!

:O

I love Iron Craft for challenging us to go in a direction we never thought we'd try. I didn't particularly think about painting much before this. But when I read the challenge I immediately thought of this photo I pinned on Pinterest. I thought that I would love to have this pin as decor for my bedroom. Then I thought - why don't I try to paint it? That way I can use my own style and my own colour palette.

And then I did it! :O



It looks fantastic in our bedroom!

(Notice that it's the only decoration we have in our bedroom right now. We don't even have a headboard on our bed. Eeeps! That's why I hung it so high - I will eventually get a headboard to fit underneath there.)



So, some details and why this fits into the Rainy Days challenge:
This painting was inspired by a phenomenon on the prairies called a sun shower.  It's when it can be pouring rain outside and yet there is still a break in the clouds where the sun is shining through. It's absolutely beautiful. The sun bounces off the rain drops and creates a sparkling prism. You can look at a tree and on one side it's shady and blue/green and on the other, it's bright and yellow/orange.

I named this painting Sun Shower after this phenomenon. And I even signed it in the corner! EEEEE!!!!



To prove to you guys that I actually made this painting myself within the Iron Craft timeline - this is how it looked on May 21st.


Then I painted the tree. Let me tell you, every single time I put the brush to canvas was an agony. I don't have the heart to become a serious painter. It's so stressful! Each time I thought that I was going to screw it up. Each time I fretted over each placement of each bubble leaf. I worried about the colour mix of the acrylic paint I used. I had anxiety attacks over whether or not I was painting in a proper technique.

I've been watching a lot of Master Chef lately and the pro chefs were kicking people off for "too many technical errors" and I immediately thought that I would definitely be kicked off of Master Painter for too many technical errors.  But I kept going.


I started swirling leaves onto the painting. At first I started with bold colours and a large swirl. And gradually every day I would add some more colours getting lighter and smaller until I arrived at the finished product. I then painted around the edges in black so that I would have to frame it. I tried to make the black a little rough at the bottom to look like ground and smoother at the top. Then I sealed it with Mod Podge no less!




Terry says that this painting is a thousand times nicer than any we could have bought for the bedroom. I'll take that as a compliment even though I'm pretty sure in the back of his head he's thinking that the price tag is the main draw. This painting cost $40 worth of supplies (and probably about 3.7 years off my life for the stress).

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To see all the Iron Crafters and their interpretations of rainy days please visit the Flickr Group.




3 comments:

kat said...

I would be totally stressing too, but you have inspired me. I saw a painting at a shop in Kilkenny Ireland that I thought would be perfect for my new bedroom so I'll have to give it a try.

Abbie Stratton said...

I have seen a version of the tree painting before, and yours turned out great! Sorry you found it stressful, though. Acrylic paint must be my medium. It's totally stress-free for me, unlike quilting. I'm still in awe of those house quilt blocks you made for the last challenge. I have been working on a very simple strip quilt for my son's room and it's been nothing but hassle. I almost have the front all pieced together--and I am happy with how it looks--, but it's been laying on my living room floor for a couple of days because I just can't figure out how I am going to quilt it without the thing ending up sideways and crooked. Pins I guess? Haha. I respected quilters before, but after wrestling with my queen-sized piece of irritation, you quilters have my utmost admiration. I think I just have to admit that I am not that good of a seamstress. You seem to have mastered multiple mediums. Great job!

Heidi-and-Seek said...

it's so pretty! Great job, I love that you have to separate colors together, very fun!