PROJECT 1 of 25: Nature Boy Script Painting

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I have a small rotation of lullabies that I sing to Henry, and none of them are actually lullabies. Sea of Love is our song. I sang it to him all the time while I was pregnant, and as if the song was written just for us, when we were leaving the hospital, the song was playing in the lobby. That song never plays – anywhere. It was the sign I needed to boost my confidence and know that this baby, right here in my arms in this wheelchair, is the baby I sang to, the baby I waited for.

I was going to paint that song for him, but the lyrics are very short. I needed more words, so I chose our second favorite song, Nature Boy, originally sung by Nat King Cole (see? also not a lullaby).

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I’m a canvas recycler and decided I was done with the yellow drip painting (pictured above) that hung on our walls. The canvas is huge – probably the second largest one that Michael’s sells. I propped it up, popped a movie on, and started painting.

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I quickly realized that I would use a whole tube of paint in order to cover the previous layer, so I called on the can of extra paint from when we painted our master bedroom white. I was worried it would have too much sheen once it dried, but it looked great. (A note: I like to give a rippled texture to my paintings by mod podging paper scraps and coffee filters to the canvas before I paint.)

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I used a pencil and wrote the words in a whimsical, kind of sloppy cursive. I knew if I tried to paint it without tracing the words, it wouldn’t look right, and I knew it would look best if it was my own natural handwriting. To balance the shininess of the white paint, I wanted to use a more matte black, and luckily, I had extra chalkboard paint from when I made the chalkpaint cheese tray.

IMG_20131226_224157 I had to go over the letters a couple times to get the depth I wanted. You can see that those bottom two rows (pictured above) are a little too light with just one coat. I hung the finished product over our dining room table, and it anchors it really well since the canvas is almost as big as the table. IMG_20131228_145458

IMG_20140110_104729This is Project 1 in my 25 Projects challenge. I am attempting to complete 25 projects this year. Contact me if you are interested in sponsoring one of the projects or featuring an item on the blog.

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Having just turned 25 in August, I’ve set my sights on a fun new goal as inspired by Elise to complete 25 projects (of a DIY nature) by my next birthday. I had originally set this goal at the beginning of 2014 and got a smidge of a head start, but stopped all projects almost completely when Henry started to get mobile. Now, with a new resolve and a better understanding of motherhood with a walking child, I’ve decided to pick it back up and extend my deadline (more fittingly) to my next birthday, just under a year from now!

I’ll post the projects I’ve already completed first, and then I’ll pick it up and keep going with new projects. Here’s to a new year!

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