Each summer I tend to scout out as many thrift stores, flea markets, and hole in the wall places to “pick” that I can.
I also seem to collect in themes, and this year it is vintage prints. I’ve scored some pretty interesting paintings, and am always looking out for fun paint by number pieces. Usually I can pick them all up for crazy low prices, such as $1 for a two-foot by three-foot painting.
Often they are really beautiful on their own, and just need the frame repainted, but there are lots of ways to involve the family in transforming these pieces into contemporary art for your home.
One really simple idea I happened across was to draw a straight line through the painting, two-thirds of the way up, and paint the entire bottom portion, including the frame, a fun solid colour. It looks awesome!
Another thing I did recently was take an old mountain scape, create a custom stencil and paint the word “YAY” over the painting. You can use any word or create a silhouette of your child or pet and it becomes a great custom piece.
If you can find some inexpensive pieces that you’re okay taking a risk on, you can let your children add to the painting. Perhaps they’d like to add a cabin and some Lego figures to a forest painting or a rope swing and motorboat to a pond. Letting them go with their imagination can produce some great whimsical results.
And finally, for a big family night project, that I saw on the Lilblueboo website, you can get your hands on an unused paint by number, or buy a current one from a craft store. Once you have that, bring it to the local copy store and have it enlarged so that you’ve ended up with a five or six square foot drafting print, and using spray adhesive, mount it to cardboard.
Stock up on some inexpensive paint, reassign numbers to colours, and paint the piece together as a family. If your children are littles like mine, you may want to save this idea for a date night.