I’ve been on an Etsy art prints kick lately. This past year, I nearly finished painting fifteen separate wall surfaces in my house the same pale, clean, neutral background (Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing, color matched in Behr flat enamel). And it’s all for the sake of having a clean, relaxing place to call home – with colorful art that stands out in contrast.
I’ve always had an artistic side. I love drawing. And painting. And that’s recently morphed into graphic design as well. But because of my abilities, I’ve assumed through arrogance (and being a cheapskate) that with few exceptions, I would be creating all of the art that would be displayed in my home. And then time passes… and my walls are still bare. I keep waiting for some magic day in which I will finally take the time to create beautiful art everywhere in this home. It has happened on occasion, like the gold leaf map in my studio room (now that I’m out of school, it feels silly to keep calling it the “study-o” since I’m no longer going to use it for studying) and the agate slice art in my hallway. I want to create the art for sentimental reasons as well; buying someone else’s art never really feels like “me” as much as something that I’ve created on my own, or art that was created based on a particular experience (like the agate slices I picked up on vacation last year).
And then time passes and my walls are still. bare. Except for those two pieces. Good intentions or not, the end result remains the same. So I finally bit the bullet and started shopping around on Etsy for prints I don’t think I can do quite so well on my own, but still express some part of the art I’d like to make someday:
1. Miles Davis watercolor oil print. Actually, I can’t even explain why I bought this. I’m not at all a jazz lover of any kind. I just like the lines. The color too. And it seems like it will be exactly the kind of bright spot of color I’ll need my new laundry room. I can’t even explain why I think that either. But I’m going with it. Electric indigo is going to look pretty damn cool in that room when all is said and done.
2. Rolling Pin kitchen print. Speaking of just going with it, I think this print probably best explains my approach to cooking in general. I will gladly call myself a baker (in that I can follow directions of exact measurements and come up with something that looks and tastes like I expect; “raspberry orange tiramisu” may sound fancy, but basically requires layering of various pieces of food… and I can totally do that). Cooking – where you have more creative freedom – tends to baffle me. I use the hope and prayer method on most dishes. And I’ve learned not to mind overcooked chicken.
3. Brynn abstract print. This one I found just hopping around Etsy for nothing in particular. It seems familiar, so it’s probably popped up on any number of blogs I read (just not sure which). Regardless, it has every right to be on a featured list. It’s gorgeous. I don’t really have a spot for it in mind so far, but if I had to guess, it would belong in a gallery wall in my hallway. Whenever I finally finish painting the hallway (I haven’t yet been brave enough to play around with ladders to reach the ceiling in front of the stairs).
Because of the holidays, most Etsy stores have delayed shipping – so things are moving a little slow in actually getting them in the mail. The Just Roll With It print arrived on Sunday, so it’s now sitting on my kitchen counter and waiting for its final home. Just as soon as I figure out where that is, exactly. But I’m patting myself on the back for getting it into a frame already.
How about you? Do you prefer to make your own art for your home? Do you have a tough time getting things hung on the walls?