Thursday, May 23, 2013

Painting Chevron Stripes on Furniture

More Do-it-Yourself Ideas!!
excerpt republished with permission from Sitters., edited by @schulmanArt
Art box by SchulmanArt

Walk through any trendy boutique and you’ll notice one thing: chevron stripes have overtaken furniture. Unfortunately, this trend usually comes with a rather high price tag as well. You don’t have to pay high prices to have high style, though! Instead, follow these eight blog articles to recreate the trend with the furniture you have.

Get inspired by these hand crafted furniture pieces on etsy! ( or collect an irresistible chevron piece for your own home)
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Decorating Idea: Painting DIY Chevron Stripes on Walls

Best Blogs Detailing How to Paint Chevron Stripes on Walls

republished with permission from Sitters., edited by @schulmanArt
decorating ideas for the living room with peacock art
Chevron on bookcases, peacock art for sale

The chevron pattern is the latest trend in stripes, with the funky design adding a fun twist on an old staple. This bold look is everywhere, from clothing to decorative pillows, comforters and curtains to furniture. People are even using the trendy design as inspiration for accent walls in their home. If the bold motif has caught your eye, then learn how to paint the pattern on your walls!

Committing to a chevron pattern on your wall is a bold step, but it’s also one that can breathe fresh life into an otherwise dated room. Before you begin painting, you’ll want to make sure that you do a good job prepping the walls. After all, the better the prep job, the better the final product. Once you’ve prepped the walls you can start taping and painting! These eight blog posts will explain how to create the chevron pattern with tape, making the actual painting a piece of cake.
  • Do it Yourself: How to Paint Chevron Stripes on a Wall This post offers step by step instructions for making an otherwise boring wall a dynamic addition to a room.
  • Boring Kitchen No More! {Chevron Wall} Find taping suggestions on this blog post that will help you create crisp, clean lines with the chevron print.
  • How to Paint Perfect Stripes on Textured Walls Textured walls can pose a problem when it comes to maintaining straight lines, but this post offers a good trick that will help you keep the paint from seeping under the tape.
  • Pinterest Challenge: Chevron Entry Wall This blogger uses Frog tape to seal the edges of the stripes.
  • How to Paint a Chevron Stripe You don’t need to spend hours measuring out precise lines to get the perfect chevron pattern; just follow the instructions this blogger gives to create chevron stripes with minimal fuss.
  • DIY: Painting Multicolor Chevron Stripes After reading through the instructions offered by this blogger, you’ll see that creating this pattern isn’t very difficult at all.
  • DIY Tutorial: How to Chevron Paint a Wall You can manipulate the pattern of your stripes through different taping methods, which is all thoroughly explained in this post.
Do it yourself projects are not for everyone-- you may need a little help from a stencil, a decal, or just put a piece of chevron wall art on your walls to jazz them up with this trend.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

watercolor portrait demo of Harvard Business School

Hahvahd, Hahvahd, Rah, rah, rah!
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
harvard art
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I got commissioned to paint Harvard Business School from someone looking for a creative graduation gift for her husband. I had a lot of fun painting this stately building... just check out my demonstration... the video is only about 6 minutes long. Of course it took me a LOT longer to paint this.

What do you think makes a good gift for a recent grad?

Facebook Giveaway!
Looking for more Boston scenes? I am giving away an 8x10" print of this downtown Boston scene in my weekly facebook giveaway contest! (you can also buy a print of it from my etsy store)

Looking for a graduation gift? Look at the great finds on etsy today!!

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Portrait Painting Demonstration in Watercolor

Challenges of Commissioned Portraits by @schulmanArt
Portrait commissions are the most demanding and the less I have under my control the harder the commission becomes. For example, I like to control the lighting and the photograph. Starting with a great photo makes my job easier. For this portrait commission, I was provided with a dramatically lit photo that I suspect the client took herself with a cellphone camera in her bathroom mirror. Most artists would have run the other way when presented with this ( in an online art group that I participate in, I shared my challenge and one artist said "That's why I only paint cats") For this painting, I had to look past the photo's flaws and present the person in a more flattering light while still capturing her likeness. My client is absolutely thrilled with the result, so I knew I did my job. Here is a sped up video ( I think I worked on this for about two hours... not including the drawing time....) to share my watercolor process with you. If you are interested in commissioning a portrait, you can explore my website or etsy offerings. To learn how to paint in watercolor, check out one of my affordable online watercolor classes.

By the way, Mother's Day 2013 is right around the corner. I am offering a FREE upgrade to priority mail shipping through Wednesday so you can pick out your last minute mother's day gifts from my etsy shop!

Here are some other ideas for mother's day I found on etsy today...things that I would want for myself-- since I am a mother too!
etsy finds
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