Pinterest inspiration marathon, I made this:
It was (is) pretty. I did not really like it.
In my rush to get a jillion projects finished I ignored my intuition. My "you won't like if if you do it that way" intuition.
Note to self. Stop rushing.
After I cut the letters out, I realized that I had not made them different sizes like the inspiration piece had. I thought "oh well, it will be OK like this. And it was. Just OK.
There were a few other things that I didn't like about it. I didn't like how the letters faded into the pastel background. I didn't like how the very pretty, but very bright 4th strip is what pulled your attention, rather than the letters themselves.
So - since it was a virtually free project and I had lots more materials, I did it again. This time I did it like I should have done it the first time.
My inspiration was this painting by Ashley Kossick.
I went to get the other nasty oil painting that I used for the canvas last time, and realized it would be perfect for another project I wanted to do - one that requires an oil painting with lots of texture - so I went searching for something in my stashes that would serve the same purpose.
I found two squares of plywood that when put together were the perfect size - bigger, but proportionate to the first piece. So 16 screws and 4 mending brackets later I had this:
I used an adhesive caulk to fill in the line where they connected because the edges of the plywood were not an exact fit.
Then I did exactly what I did last time with a few changes.
- Used 7 different patterns of paper instead of 6. This made the transition between colors asymmetrical and more pleasing to the eye. I did not use the very pretty, but very bright paper that stole the eye in the first piece.
- Cut the letters with two font sizes as in the inspiration piece
- Antiqued the letters by dragging the edges across an ink stamping pad and then lightly rubbing the pad over parts of the letters. This keeps the letters from fading into the pastel papers
- Turned the bird the opposite direction
Much better. Can you see the difference?
What do you think? Does it look better to you?
I know that some of you have limited time. Some of you are Reeeaaaaally impatient. My simple advise is take the extra 10-20 minutes that it might take to make your project look like you want it to. Think about what you are doing and trust your instincts.
Make it right and
Make something wonderful today!
I'm out partying!
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