So how do you turn a creepy paint-by-numbers cat painting into something wall worthy? A few months ago I saw this project by A Beautiful Mess (oh by the way I love this blog and have done a few projects inspired by theirs) and have kept it in the back of my mind. So when I was at Michael’s Craft Store on Sunday looking for projects with my friend, I just had to pick up this bizarre cat painting.
Well, first off, be aware that there’s no way that your own painting will EVER look like the masterpiece on the package. Look how adorable the original piece is. Now look how terrifying my work in progress is:
Now cry, because you will have nightmares about that blank eye ghost cat stare. Paint a little more and it’s still scary.
But have no fear, because creepycat is going to be covered up by paint. I used some vinyl letters from the craft store in Helvetica because although Comic Sans was on sale, it would have been a crime to put that on the wall.
Like Essie over at A Beautiful Mess, I chose a song lyric. It may look strange, but that says “mushaboom.” If that means nothing to you, check out this song by Feist. Fun fact: almost used this as a senior quote in my high school yearbook. Second fun fact: the chorus is my alarm song, yet somehow I don’t completely hate it.
So anyways, stick on those vinyl letters nice and good and then cover the whole thing with several coats of paint. I did 4. Then carefully pull off the letters and you are left with a muuuch more wall-worthy piece of art than creepycat’s dead stare. There’s a little bit of bleeding because the painting was pretty textured; however, it has that nice artistically marred quality about it. And I can’t wait to get it into a frame and up on the wall. Yep, it’s wall-worthy.