So I've been needing to create some artwork for my living room. (It's walls are sadly lacking loveliness.) Today I hit up one of my favorite local shops: One Man's Junk. And I spotted this big, vintage, painting-on-velvet. The woodsy landscape, rustic frame, and turquoise-hued waterfall had me at Hello. (I knew the turquoise would match my living room chairs perfectly!) Right there in the store, I devised a plan. Why not stencil favorite lyrics or poetry over the gorgeous painting? Why not?! So I snatched it up and then made a stop at HobLobs for acrylic white paint, stenciling sponges, and 3'' letter stencils.
Above is a "Before" snapshot of the painting-on-velvet in all its vintage glory. It took me forever to pick out the right words for it. I went back and forth between some Mumford and Sons lyrics, heartfelt quotes, and lines of poetry... eventually landing on a beloved quote by e.e.cummoings: "Your head is a living forest full of songbirds." The phrase just calls out to me. Because being the hopelessly romantic idealist that I am, I often feel that my head is a living forest full of songbirds. So, I had my words chosen.
Oh, the reason I picked out this painting over the other lovely ones at the shop... the little deer in the lower left-hand corner. (You know me and deer!) ;) I might gussy him up with some gold glitter, but he's staying as-is for now. Supplies I used: 3'' basic block stencils from Hobby Lobby, white acrylic paint, a stenciling sponge, and wine. Mmmm, yes, wine.
It was super easy and took hardly any time at all. (Maybe it was the wine, but I can't quite recall how long exactly. Less than thirty minutes, for sure!) I used the paint lightly since I wanted a transparent look for the letters. And I didn't measure anything out perfectly. Imperfect lends character to art. (And as you can see the Cummings is a bit squished... Heheh.)
Here's an up-close shot of the stenciling details. Making the letters transparent was easy sine the velvet of the painting absorbed a lot of paint. I love how it turned out and will definitely be hunting down more paintings-on-velvet to do this again. :) My mind is just brimming with perfect quotes.