Ahhh, the kitchen is painted, the cabinets are painted, and we put away the paint, right? Wrong. We kept the paint out a little longer. I needed to add some pizzaz in that kitchen! Some color! I know, I know, the yellow is pretty bright and cheery, but I still wanted to add in some accent colors.
Who doesn’t like to eat?! But seriously, who? So I went to town making a painting for our kitchen that reflects just this. It’s a quote from Julia Child, and who doesn’t just love her? That voice, her show, all of HER! She’s just great. If you haven’t watched Julie and Julia, you need to get it and watch it. Several times. It’s full of hilariousness and quotable goodness. This quote isn’t actually in the movie, but there are a ton of nuggets in there for you to keep tucked away in the back of your mind until the perfect instance you can yell, “And it’s my size!” in Julia’s voice. My sister does it the best.
I started painting the background of my canvas first. The coral and berry color I already had in mind to use was perfect for this project. Start with the lighter color first, then wait for it to dry, measure and tape off for the next color, and add that on there too.
Now that I had my background in place, it was time to paint my quote. Here is the hard part. I wanted the words to look hand-written, but not really hand-written. So I went over to my second favorite website of all time, dafont.com, and found a font that was perfect and downloaded that to my computer. Then I printed it out to just the size I needed. Once I had it printed out and made sure it fit, I started tracing the letters on the reverse side of the paper.
Once I traced all the letters on the reverse side of the paper, I cut them out and taped them in place on my canvas. The side that I used my pencil on is now face-down on the canvas. Now all I did was scribble over the words from the opposite side. This transfers the pencil outline onto the canvas so it makes it easier to paint freehand.
Now I have all my words on the canvas exactly where I want them. It’s painting time! Get out your brush and color in the lines.
After I let the paint dry overnight, I added a fork. A huge fork. This gem was sitting in Goodwill, in a little basket with other kitchen gadgets looking for a home. The basket reminded me of the Island of Misfit Toys, but kitchen style. For 50 cents I adopted this huge fork so it could shine. My hot glue gun stepped in, and believe you me, that fork will never end up in Goodwill again.