This weekend I decided to try my hand at a piece of artwork for my bathroom. I was inspired by this abstract painting by Blair at The Fox & She.
I love abstract artwork because it’s not really mean to be anything other than a display of color, movement, shapes and texture. And this particular painting is one of my all-time favorites.
So I set out to create something similar that I could use in my bathroom. I don’t like mine nearly as much as Blair’s (I think I need quite a bit more practice 🙂 ), but here’s how mine turned out.
I tried not to look at Blair’s painting while I was doing mine, because I didn’t want to end up with a copy. I looked at it before I started, and then tried to do something similar — “inspired by” hers.
One thing I really like about Blair’s painting is that the colors are so bold and vibrant. Mine turned out way more subdued. It’s fine, but I would much prefer the bold, vibrant colors.
I really like the part along the top of the canvas, but I got a little too carried away with the drippy parts. The left side is fine for my taste…
…but the drips and runs on the right side of the canvas are a bit much.
I really do like that top part, though. After I painted each section, I just used my hand to flick some water on it to create the drips, and I clearly used too much water on the right side.
But for now, it’ll do. I might finish up the bathroom, and then give it another go. The good thing about paintings is that if you’re not satisfied with the result, you can just cover the first painting with a solid coat of paint, and start all over again. And it’s just fun to try. 🙂
And speaking of starting over again, that’s exactly what I’m doing with the shower curtain. I decided to go with a different fabric altogether, and no flowers this time. Instead, I’m going to use this Robert Allen Ikat Bands in Rain.
I’ve never been particularly fond of ikat in the past. Even when it was all the rage, and you couldn’t visit a DIY or decorating blog without seeing ikat, I was just never really drawn to it. In fact, when I was looking for new fabric with my mom this weekend, I saw a couple of other ikat fabrics that were the right color, but I just didn’t like the pattern. But there’s something about this particular fabric that really caught my eye.
Not only do I really love the colors, but I also like the actual weave of the fabric. It’s cotton, but it looks like linen.
I found it at Hancock Fabrics, and it’s priced at $49.99/yard. That’s way more than I wanted to pay for the six yards of fabric that my shower curtain will require, so I searched online and found it here for $15.98/yard.
Anyway, it’s ordered, and hopefully it’ll arrive this week so that I can get this bathroom finished up!
UPDATE: I ended up doing another, more colorful painting for the bathroom, which I liked much better. You can see it here.