Spring is the time for rejuvenation. It’s that time of year when we dust off the snow, crawl out of hibernation to greet the warm breezes, longer days, and budding flowers. Since that stupid ground hog saw his shadow or something, that means Mother Nature might not be ready for spring, but we sure are--predictive rodents be damned!!!
To convey what we’re feeling on the inside even though it might be a month too early for it on the outside, we handpainted big colorful blooms on the Fleurir Old town Alexandria window. We went with less realistic, almost cartoonish flowers that felt a little more playful than your typical spring prints. This is our third handpainted window and every time we learn new tricks that make it easier and more dynamic.
To get the flowers just right we took a sketch of Emily’s and enlarged it using a projector. Our projector is the Tracer Jr. from Michaels, they aren’t cheap so make sure to use a 40% coupon that is almost always available on their app or in their weekly mailer.
We drew the flowers on brown butcher paper and taped them up on the outside of the windows, painted the outline in a dark brown, and filled in with our bright pinks and corals for the flowers, then sage and citron greens for the leaves. This time we experimented more by coming back in with a blade and scraping away portions to exaggerate the curved edges of the leaves. We also used a wooden sculpting tool (softwood won’t scratch a window) to add in swirls and details in the flowers. For some of the flowers we painted in the negative part to add a pop color, but others we left translucent to help define the flowers more.
The end result is a fresh floral window we’re hoping pushes that dumb ground hog back into his hole and lures an early spring out from behind this rather harsh winter!