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Thursday, July 08, 2010

it’s never too late to be patriotic ;)

Inspired by the fourth and a quote I found by MLK Jr… I got to work on a little painting that – yes, is great for “this time of year” but – I’ll be keeping up all year long.
{Just as soon as I find the right place for it!}

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I took a few progression pictures {with my phone again – sorry!}
Thought I’d share my hot and sweaty painting process out in the stifling garage.
You’ll see why I had to hang out in the garage for this one in a just a sec..

the steps:
1: I had to google the American flag just to make sure I got the stripes correct!
2: I measured and marked with a pencil so I could distance the 13 stripes proportionally.
3: To begin, I ‘hurridly’ threw the correct amount of stripes on with red and white paint. I had to do this quickly so that the stripes wouldn’t completely dry and I could get the “dripping” effect I wanted by spraying the semi-wet acrylic paint with a water bottle.
{It’s just starting to get messy up in here.}
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4. Paint the “blue part” – is there a technical term for this I don’t know about?
I made sure to make it messy =)
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5. Sling white paint via paint brush - I also flicked the wet paint brush with my fingers to sling more paint - create “stars”.
I love this part, I may make a night sky painting with just this technique. You can’t tell here, but the white paint I used for the stars had a shimmery quality. Perfect for stars.
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6. Use the same paint flinging technique to throw lots of bright color on the stripes.
I considered these my fireworks =)
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This is the part where it got real messy.
When I finished, there was paint all over the garage, paint all of over my hands, ruined my manicure, and managed to get only purple paint streaks in my hair – just before company came over for the fourth. I was festive looking to say the least.
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7: Adding the quote: “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” – MLK Jr
This struck a cord with me and I just had to include it.
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 8: I added a little red and blue to the white letters to help them stand out a bit more. This really is more legible in person than in pictures, but I was going for the graffiti look, so it couldn’t exactly be perfect.
Un-perfect mission: a success
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I have an idea of where it can go in the basement {which deserves an update post of its own – I’m loving all the change we’ve made down there!} but still thinking of what kind of frame I might make for it.
Now how to incorporate fireworks in a frame???
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Finishing up our “late” patriotic post up with a couple photos of the red, white, and blue on our deck this year.
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I’m always proud to be an American – year round!

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12 comments:

  1. Nice job on the sign! How very creative you are!!

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  2. That's a beautiful painting!! You are really creative, I could never think something like that up!

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  3. Very creative. I love how you did that. Great job!

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  4. I love, love, love, love your painting!!

    Love your little mention of the giveaway too - I always hate spreading the word and lowing my chances of winning too. :)

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  5. That sign is fabulous and I really love the way your backyard turned out!

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  6. Very nicely done, you are so creative!

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  7. The picture is sooo cute!! So creative and the phrase written across it just adds to it!!

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  8. Stephanie- that is SO good. I am impressed with your artistic abilities! I think that it would look great just hanging as a stand alone canvas- no frame. I think a frame may take away from it!

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  9. Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous!!!

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