It was last Sunday actually I was feeling a bit crafty, after we brought home a $14 wooden coat hanger from TJMaxx.
The coat hanger has 4 hooks on it, one actually feel off, so we got it on sale. My fiance had no problem screwing it back on so we took it. We brought our first home together in January, so we are still decorating and making it home. I knew we needed a better coat rack hanging system for when guests visit and this hanger was a good fit for a wall by the entrance.
The rack pictured below has a 2″ wood frame and HAD a blank wooden background. Once we brought it home and decided where it would go, it seems awfully boring, so I decided to paint a scene on it. Our home is rustic and cozy, so a mountain scene would fit nicely.
I pulled out 5-6 different acrylic paints out of ‘my collection’ that would fit the scene well, as well as some brushes, papertowels, a plate and a cup of water to rinse the brushes. I sat at the counter in my kitchen with a pencil trying to figure out the best scene. My style is to wing it, mainly drawing what comes to me and what I am inspired by.
The painting came to life by first painting an outline of the mountains in the background. Then I focused on the sky. The wall in my house that faces the outdoors is East, which is where we have absolutely beautiful sunrises. Therefore I was inspired to paint a sunrise for this piece. The bottom of the sky, by the mountains rises from soft yellow, representing the sun fading into a light blue – warming the day. I actually didn’t know what I was doing at the time, but it is cool to think about it, once you get a paint brush in your hands.
The next part is darkening the mountains in the background and layering lighter green hills in the background. Because my fiance wanted me to incorporate pine trees into the painting, I added several pine trees in the back hills to add dimension. I had never painted trees like this in the distance, but it worked. (You kind of just have to roll with it.)
In the forefront of the painting the green hills were filled in all the way to the bottom of the plaque. Then, I started painting in Pine trees of all sizes, trying to layer them and make it as natural as possible. I used a dark green paint for the trees and then touched them each up with a shade a bit lighter to add texture. I was happy with the trees and then felt like adding some snow. You can see on the painting I added a bit of white paint on a few of the trees to add additional character. Of course the top of the mountains in the background needed a little snow too.
I had a lot of fun with this project. The materials were cheap and now I have a beautiful hand-painted artwork for my guests to enjoy when they visit! You can do this too!
Overall, I am really pleased with this painting / coat hanger! It is really easy to do this sort of thing. Find something that inspires you and go ahead and paint it. My home state of Vermont inspires me everyday, so I always have something in mind to paint!
Go ahead and paint something and share it below! I would love to see what you do.
If you have any specific questions about my process, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Next time I will document the steps for everyone.
That’s all for now!
I look forward to sharing my next project with you soon.