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.
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.
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!