A couple of weeks ago, I handpainted a floral vine for a client as an alternative to having valances made for her breakfast nook. She did not want the view and light from the windows to be obscured or to create a heavy feel in the room with the addition of fabric.
Adding a custom painted vine draping over her windows gave the room a unique feel and added a light, pretty addition to the walls.
I started by painting a soft branchy, vine with FolkArt Olive Green and Italian Sage. The great part about handpainting borders is that I can fit them into any space. That is not so easy with wallpaper border.
I then added medium and large size leaves using the same color combination.
To fill out the vine, I painted in small white flowers with trailing petals and tiny filler leaves. To tie in the brown of the wood furniture in the eating area, I added touches of Maple Syrup to each of the larger leaves and on the vine. It brought a warmth to the design that I just loved.
If you love borders but find that the space you want to add the border to is a weird shape or is broken up by doors or windows, having a custom handpainted design created for the space is a great alternative.
If you have painting experience, this design is fairly simple to accomplish. I always told my painting students to just go for it!! After all, it is just paint…if you don’t like it, paint over it!!
Have you ever painted a border yourself? Have you had a border painted for you? I would love to hear your comments!
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