I think I’m pretty crafty, but painting has never been my strong suit. That said, I really wanted something to go on the white expanse that was over my bed. Not to say that I don’t like my headboard, but there was literally nothing but a big white wall above it!

"The Duvet Cover", as seen on Amazon!

“The Duvet Cover”, as seen on Amazon!

A few months ago, hubby and I got a new duvet cover for our bed (for you American’s, it’s a replaceable cover to go over your comforter – makes it easier to change your look and wash it!) in my favourite colour combination – lime green and turquoise. I thought those would be the perfect colours to do ‘something’ with, and I remembered an old “Trading Spaces” episode when one of the designers (I think it was Laurie Smith) helped the people create a DIY Rothko-inspired painting for their room. It was my first experience with Rothko, and it seemed like a fairly simple design to re-create; plus, I had seen a variation on the same idea on Pinterest not that long ago… (Learn a bit about artist Mark Rothko on Wikipedia.)

The original plan was to get a large white canvas to paint on, but our the owner of our local art supply store (thank you Lexi at DNA!) suggested that, instead, I consider buying three smaller canvases, painting across them, and then hanging them side-by-side. She sold me on it, and I bought the canvases, which then sat by my desk for the next several months, until finally, a few weeks ago, I took up the brush and started painting!

 

Step 1

Step 1

The first step was to not only tape the three pieces together, but also to tape the edges all the way around. However, as an after thought, I wish I had taped the edges first and then taped them together, as I really wanted it to finish with white edges on each piece. However, paint did run between, and I then had to ‘fix’ them with some white paint at the very end… I also decided not to draw in lines or use tape as I wanted the lines to be rough and un-even, more like Rothko (though this worked against my perfectionist tendencies! LOL!)

Step 2

Step 2

I started with a light turquoise (which I mixed from a blue and a lime green), and began with my largest coloured section…

And then I went on to my second colour, a lime green stripe beneath the light turquoise.

Step 3

Step 3

Unfortunately, I had to stop there for a while as I hunted for the right dark turquoise, which I eventually found at my handy local artist supply store, again! I settled on the Maimeri Acrilico paint in Green Blue, and also picked up the same in White. I loved this paint – it was nice and thick, unlike my Anita’s Acrylic Craft Paint (which I had used for the other colours), and so I was really able to give the painting a good texture – something that was especially important for the thick white bar along the top.

Unfortunately, as I looked at the paintings, I realized it still wasn’t done – it needed something else… I finally settled on an additional olive (you’ll see a touch of olive in the bedding) strip between the white and light turquoise… PERFECT.

Hanging it was a bit of a challenge, of course, and I will likely re-hang the left print again (it’s just a little too close to the centre one!), but here’s the finished product! I’m very pleased with it, and it would seem hubby liked it, too!

Finished work!

Finished work!

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DIY Rothko-inspired wall-art

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