Ramp it up…

I love the art of Lisa Kaus.  Her designs and color are bright, vivid, and simply delightful.  While shopping, I found a whimsical cross that was just perfect for that particular spot in my studio.  I purchased my treasure, brought it home, and hung it on the wall.  I enjoyed my new decor, but felt something was lacking.  I decided it needed a few special touches!

It is so important to know that store purchased items do not have to be accepted “as is”.  While I loved the art, I decided it needed a few of my magical touches.  The colors on the design are pure, saturated, and very compelling.  However, the bright, plain “believe” sign just seemed too stark.  IMG_1828.jpg

Usually, I would be concerned with the base of the piece before painting, but the touches I wanted to add were so minimal that I decided that I would not need a prep.  I matched DecoArt Americana Sea Glass acrylic paint to the background color.  With a 1/2″ angle, I floated a hint of color around the outer edge of the sign.  Because the surface was a rather slick finish, I let the float dry, then repeated the application to deepen the color.  It is ALWAYS better to apply two light coats of paint than one heavy coat.

After it dried, I did another evaluation.  The sign still looked a little disconnected.  I really liked the border around the outer edge of the cross.  I selected a .05 black Micron Pen to replicate the same design around the sign.  To finish, I spray sealed the piece with several light coats of DecoArt Americana Matte Spray Finisher.  IMG_1829.jpg

So, my advise it to not be afraid to enhance or “add to” a store bought piece of art.   A few simple touches can elevate and ramp it up.  I LOVED the results and am amazed at what a difference those little touches made!  Dare to be a little adventuresome and impress yourself!

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