I will be an aunt again soon – but this time it will be a nephew arriving! So, of course I started on some more baby room art. Nothing like a deadline to make me complete artwork – I love being forced to work. This time around, I took a different approach, and strayed away from the more cutesy colors/motif. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about the end result. I am always my own worst critic, especially when I am making artwork for others. It turned out a little darker on the bottom end than I anticipated, but hopefully once it is in the red frame I found, it isn’t too depressingly black and gray for a baby’s room.
I started with a watercolor background – sticking with grays and reds and some blue. I used salt on the wet red paint to achieve the frost-like texture at the top of the red section.
Liz, you may be getting a round 2 of your ich liebe dich, artwork in the near future. I did this very same thing with a tropical island painting, see above, that I made for a friend’s wedding. She asked to see my reject, and then liked it enough that she asked to have it as well. I was so frustrated with the reject and the ugly shadow below the hammock, that I did not even take a photo. The only image I have is of beach scene 2.0.
After the painting background was dry, I created the words, “Ich liebe dich,” which means I love you in German, from magazine collage. The finished baby art – primary colors with a hint of minty green.