I want to make some paintings that basically look like this
--basically some flat fields of hopefully compatible colors on canvas. I don't care if what I make is real art, I mainly just want to add some color to the room. I went to the craft store and was kind of confused by all the different options for paint.
Let's just assume I pick a set of colors I like -- what do I need to buy to make the painting, other than a canvas? What kind of paints, which colors, what kind of brush, what else do I need? How do I mix the colors? I'm not under any illusions that I'm going to make anything good, I just want to get some colors down on canvas in a hopefully appealing way. If I picked a palate from a site like colourlovers, is there a way to order the paints premixed in those colors or what that be a bad idea?
posted by empath
on Nov 4, 2013 -
I found a 9" painted clay/ceramic bird Christmas statue at thrift store in the Milwaukee area, and it's so fantastic that I another one. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find anything on Google so far. Can you help me out? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug
on Oct 18, 2013 -
My husband needs a husband pillow
. I would like to embroider, stencil, or otherwise embellish the pillow with the slogan "probably the best husband in the world" a la Carlsberg. I would prefer a font resembling the original, but it doesn't have to be. I have very basic sewing skills but I am open to paying someone to do this. Any ideas?
posted by chaiminda
on Oct 6, 2013 -
I work in a university setting in NYC and I'd like to decorate my office. I love film, so I'm thinking about going with a nice-looking, framed classic movie poster. Two questions: [more inside]
posted by soonertbone
on Sep 5, 2013 -
I'm doing tons of walking lately, so I needed proper walking shoes. I've now got New Balance 928s
, which fit the bill nicely; except, of course, they look awful (bulky, blocky, blinding white). Is there anything I can do to them to make them look awesome, or at least less like bland prescription shoes?
posted by ocherdraco
on Jul 11, 2013 -
This a framing/curation/decoration AskMe.
I have an adorable set of (very lightweight) wooden french curves that I would like to mount in a display, but not permanently. [more inside]
posted by Glomar response
on May 11, 2013 -
Years ago I was reading a book (an art book I think but it's possible that someone like Tom Stoppard might be messing with my memories) and it said that Tristan Tzara had decorated his children's bedroom and playroom with the most beautiful wacky paintings and props a dada artist could conceive. [more inside]
posted by Marauding Ennui
on Apr 14, 2013 -
My 16 year old son has just re-done his room. With a lttle help from Mum of course - I said he was 16. Anyway.
Dust of ages - gone.
Childish things - gone.
Cuddly toys, bats, monkeys etc relegated to the cellar.
Even the torn Sex Pistols poster has come down.
The naked walls round his multiscreen rig cry out for decoratian of some kind.
He thinks a Waterman Butterfly projection map of the world would be the coolest thing ever - for some reason. He would frame it himself.
Where on earth would we find such a thing? Googled the map place in Seattle - but they no longer have them.
We live in Sweden. For our sins.
posted by jan murray
on Mar 2, 2013 -
I was watching THIS
video that someone posted on Facebook the other day. I was really struck by the brown wall treatment in this guy's home. Best examples are at :40sec through 1min. I have been looking for it for some time. Pretty sure it's NOT Venetian plaster, as the texture is right, but Venetian plaster is glossy and slick looking. This look is textured, but matte finish, not glossy in any way. Can any of you interior decorator/designer types help me identify it? I would love to get this look in my house.
posted by Spyder's Game
on Feb 1, 2013 -
I bought a new black canvas tote with brown leather straps. It's very comfortable but it is just so... bland. I am looking for ways to add some decoration or color to it that will still look professional enough for my job. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire
on Jul 20, 2012 -
Help me decorate the interior sliding doors in my apartment. [more inside]
posted by 23
on Jun 22, 2012 -
My apartment has ugly yellow walls and I can't do anything about the color. How can I make them less bland? [more inside]
posted by thebots
on Apr 3, 2012 -
Looking for affordable posters or other decorative artifacts, with a history-of-technology or retro-futuristic theme, for the stairwell and walls of our small elementary/middle school computer lab. [more inside]
posted by unregistered_animagus
on Feb 2, 2012 -
I want to hang some LP covers on a wall, and remember years ago seeing a cheap little kit that was something like four pieces of clear plastic for the corners, connected by an elastic string X-shape in the back that could hang on a nail. The result was a neat frameless effect that I liked, but I can't find it again. Does anyone know what that kit was and where I can buy it? [more inside]
posted by mediareport
on Jan 29, 2012 -
What is the best direction to go in for LED accent lighting/throwies on a budget that demands maximum bang for the buck? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld
on Dec 17, 2011 -
I'm having a baby soon and I want to buy a few children's books to have something to put in the new bookshelves and later on read to my baby. What books do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade
on Nov 1, 2011 -
What is your go-to poster? The one that you hang up in your office or bedroom and just derive profound enjoyment from? [more inside]
posted by eytanb
on Oct 15, 2011 -
Please help me hang three large format pieces of art so it is straight and evenly spaced. [more inside]
posted by funkiwan
on Oct 13, 2011 -
Best practices for moving computer and printer into living area without it looking terrible? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild
on Sep 27, 2011 -
What small things can I add to my work space (or change) to make my day more cheerful/more efficient/better all-around? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith
on Sep 21, 2011 -
I have three DIY self-watering tomato planters made from beige 30-or-so gallon containers. They work great, but "in the sun" in my yard means "visible from the street." Please tell me some ways that I can make them more attractive with coverings or any other ideas that you might have. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley
on Apr 15, 2011 -
I need to install new carpet in my 2-bedroom house. I know next to nothing about this. Sorry, we're not looking for wood or vinyl floors at this time. I just want to hear from people who've been through this experience. Got one grade-school age kid, one dog and one cat. What type of carpet deals with this traffic, resists stains and still looks good and is moderately priced? Also any advice on trying to learn how to install this yourself vs. professional installers.
posted by caveatz
on Mar 17, 2011 -
I have a number of unframed art prints and posters, and would like to do the framing myself. What advice do you have for me? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco
on Jan 3, 2011 -
Mission: decorate our condo as an internet meme for a Halloween party. Hive mind, help me come up with awesome meme's and their physical manifestation! [more inside]
posted by olya
on Oct 24, 2010 -
Help me decorate my office with posters and pictures of inspirational figures. [more inside]
posted by bq
on Sep 10, 2010 -
What's a good and safe substance to use for pretty-ing up boring office cabinets? They've given us new cubicles at work and they're nice enough, but awfully bland. I was thinking that shelf paper or that paper they put on doors at Christmas might work out. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze
on Sep 10, 2010 -
Please suggest images I could convert into crewel which are cartoon modern in style, but not depictions of characters. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur
on Sep 2, 2010 -
How do I make a small storage closet of an office livable for the next year? What kind of space saving measures/organizational things can I buy to make this work and keep myself sane? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget
on Aug 25, 2010 -
I've a lovely office at work and I want to redecorate. The result should be a cross between a Victorian scholar's study and Captain Nemo's cabin. Suggestions and sources appreciated!
posted by alaaarm
on Aug 18, 2010 -
PhotoFilter: I have a picture frame that will display 3 large photos. Can anyone offer basic advice/criteria for picking 3 images that will look good together? [more inside]
posted by alleycat01
on Jul 19, 2010 -
How do I hang things on the walls of my apartment without making holes/leaving marks? [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Jul 7, 2010 -
I want to fill my living space with art. Looking for: oversized posters and prints with high quality and reasonable cost, original work by fringe/unknown artists, and objects that could be hung like art (tapestries, quilts, etc.). [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Jun 20, 2010 -
I recently acquired 1.6 acres in Vermont and want to decorate my house with botanical illustrations of the trees on the property. I've found historic drawings by Michaux, Jaume Saint-Hilaire, and Bessa, but it seems as though I can only by prints from one website
, and they are around $140 each. There must be a less extravagant option. They need not be historic, but they should be legible and help identify what can be seen through a nearby window. [more inside]
posted by billtron
on May 20, 2010 -