Although I have NO experience with watercolors, I do have a tote full of artist paints that Grady has been begging to use for a while now. This weekend we decided to drag 'em out & I thought I'd give a Rebekka Seale style house portrait a go. It's definitely not anywhere near her level, but for my first attempt I think it turned out pretty darn cute!
First I printed out a few of her houses that had similar characteristics as mine, along with a picture of the front of my house. Oh, I also printed out our last name, address, & a short quote in a font I liked in case I wanted to add that to the bottom. Then I went to Joann & bought a small pad of watercolor/acrylic paper (4x6) in their dollar section. (Grady bought a small bird house, also from the dollar section, that he was going to paint.)
I watered down my paint & layered it on in the rough shape of our house. I just eyeballed it & didn't sketch it out at all beforehand & I certainly didn't try to get it perfect. My house is just a box with no crazy angles, so it was pretty simple!
After getting the base painted, I filled in the windows, door, steps, trim, etc. I also added random lines on the roof & walls for the shingles & shake siding.
Next, I focused on the details...the mortar lines on the chimney, adding a little depth to the windows & doors, etc. I just kept tweaking it until I was happy with the look.
I didn't have much room below the house for text, so I opted to keep in simple with "Home".
Then I painted an old garage sale frame yellow & called her complete!
Like I said before...it's certainly not perfect, or nearly as cute as Rebekka's portraits, but it does add a little cheer to the kitchen & makes me smile when I see it. All for a couple of hours of time & less than a buck!