Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Fine Free Art of the Gesture

Finding art for the kitchen is tricky. You don’t want to hang up anything with too much value - whether it’s real or sentimental value - because with all the mess, grease and heat in a kitchen, it’s likely over time that the art might get messed up.

With that in mind, I came up with this free, and easy to re-create in case it gets messed up - art for my kitchen:

The inspiration (and the actual art itself) comes from this book:

My mom gave me this book in 2007 right before I left to study abroad in Italy. I’ve held on to it all this time because, in addition to the note my mom hand wrote in the front cover (here I go talking about notes from my mom again), the images and text are quite cool, see:

So, to create art for my kitchen, I scanned my two favorite images (the gestures for “excellent” and “what do you expect”), bumped up the size a little bit, and then printed 'em on good ol’ 8.5”x11” printer paper.

Then, I got out two mismatched frames (purchased from Goodwill awhile anticipation of a project such as this) and spray painted them white.

Side note - this is my absolute favorite spray paint to date; it goes on evenly, doesn’t require too many coats, and has a finished sheen that’s glossy but not too glossy, which leaves things looking like they've been professionally painted. (More tips from my spray painting adventures to date here.)

Using a sharp x-acto knife and a metal ruler, I cut mats for the frames from a piece of white Canson Art Board (purchased for a few bucks at Michael’s).

Here’s how they turned out:

And, with art for the kitchen on my mind, I was at a yard sale recently where I saw this mirrored Bar sign and decided that for $1, I had to have it.  Isn’t that lettering cool?

Ok, here’s how it all looks in my kitchen:

Now, I’m on the hunt for a few more small pieces of art to hang among these - I’m thinking I’ll make a little gallery grouping.

I’ll take pictures and tell you all about it as things develop…obviously.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

don't know how you continue to amaze me...

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