Home DecorHand-painted Watercolor Kilim Wall April 2, 2014 Well, as many of you guessed in your e-mails and comments, I was the kilim wall for Creating with the Stars Round 2. Thanks so much to all who voted! I’m really excited to be moving on to Round 3 🙂 Paint was the one round that was stumping me when I found out I was a contestant. I’m not sure why. I use paint all of the time and love it! But it felt harder to do something “big” with paint that I hadn’t seen done a ton before. Y’all know me, I’m all about pushing the envelope and doing something new. I knew I wanted to paint a wall and initially planned to stencil, but I just kept thinking that didn’t feel right. I wanted something that felt artsy and imperfect. Stencils often feel really perfect and exact to me and that wasn’t the feel I was going for. I love the Bohemian style and perfect, exact lines isn’t really a part of that. Don’t get me wrong. Stencils can totally be artsy and more hand-painted. Just look at my friend, Gwen’s, Round 2 entry. Stenciled, artsy, handpainted feel, GORGEOUS STYLING. I LOVED this entry, seriously. So, Gwen definitely proves that an artsy, non-perfect stencil can be done 🙂 My initial plan for this paint project was totally different. But early last week, I got an idea while looking at this new kilim pillow cover I got for The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge. I immediately pictured this design blown up on a wall. Large, graphic, and artsy. I immediately knew that I didn’t want to do full color on this thing. I love eclectic style, but I also love white walls, so I tried to find some medium ground. I decided to do an outlined pattern with just two colors: white and navy/green. As I said for in my Round 2 blurb, I wanted it to look handpainted, so taping was out. Plus, taping would’ve taken two years and that just wasn’t going to happen. So, I measured and sketched the pattern (this will be part of my tutorial when I can share it). After getting the pattern drawn, it was time to paint. I wanted it to look more like watercolor than harsh paint. So, I added some water to the paint and experimented in a little corner of the room. Once I got the mixture right, I painted over my lines (I’ll have tips and tricks for this in my tutorial too). I wanted imperfections and darker and lighter areas too. That naturally comes with hand-painting, especially once I added the water, so I just left them. One of you guessed this and I have no idea how! But this wall is in my office that I shared last week opposite my desk. I hadn’t pictured this pattern in there, but needed a blank wall that wouldn’t be recognizable in my house and this was about the only one! I had planned when I first painted it to paint over it after the contest because it didn’t fit my overall office concept. But now, after painting it all, I can’t bear to paint over it! So, I’m going to figure out a way to tie it in. Thanks for your votes! Off to work on my Round 3 project. I’ll have more to share about the office and this project and lots of tutorials to come! Thanks for your patience while I create for this contest. It’s teaching me some amazing things that I’ll be bringing back to the blog after it’s over. Can’t wait to share!