How Very James Bond
July 12, 2009
I was just putting the finishing touches on my staircase and foyer revamp when I noticed a glaring eyesore. Let’s just say that it wasn’t me who decided to put the control to our home alarm system at perfect eye level, sticking out like one sore thumb. In my newly upgraded space, it just looked all wrong. So I decided to cover it with a miniature painting of my own. When I proposed the idea to Mr. CG, he stated with perfect British inflection, “How very James Bond of you.”
I recommended these dogwood prints in a mood board for Kelly several months back. They’ve always stuck in my mind, for their color, and their botanical simplicity. Unfortunately, they’re a bit of an investment at $288 for the pair.
So in an attempt to inject a pop of peacock blue into my neutral space, I came up with my own imitation, based on the cherry tree branches that sit in my foyer. Channeling Van Gogh, I used some acrylic paints leftover from my art classes to create a little work of art . Here’s my little $5 knockoff.
The motion detectors are elsewhere, so thankfully the control can be hidden. Now the alarm control is invisible, James Bond style.
Here’s the eyesore before:
And a peek at my foyer after adding the little painting:
Do you have a thermostat or an outlet on your wall that bothers you too? A simple painting on canvas, store bought or homemade, will do the trick.
Simple Cherry Tree Branch Painting:
Step One: Mix your background color. With my acrylic paints, I mixed the peacock blue color with a bit of black, a lot of white, a hint of hansa light yellow, and ultramarine blue. You could also buy a $2 bottle of craft paint in your favorite color, and use that.
This color wheel always comes in handy.
Step Two: When your background color is dry, freeform the branches with brown paint. Create whatever looks good to you. I used burnt umber craft paint.
Step Three: Add blossoms with white or cream colored paint. Again, you could use artist’s acrylics or just craft paint.
Step Four: Add tiny stems to blossoms.
Step Five: Dry glaze edges with taupe craft paint.
So now my foyer has just that bit of blue I was looking for and mimics the existing branches on display.
Perhaps in the fall, I’ll do another, with a burnt orange background. Maybe a series for the entire year? Apple green in spring?