second landscape dresser | part one

Marian ParsonsMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing

Do you remember our first landscape dresser?  In case you don’t (or perhaps you missed it or you’re just joining us), here is a refresher…


It was a collaboration between Kriste and I.  After working on it, along with the murals and other hand painted landscape elements we used in our booth for the Lucketts Spring Market, I felt inspired to do more.  I even bought a couple of canvases, which is pretty far out of my comfort zone!

Anyway, I was itching to do some painting and, since I didn’t have any new pieces to work on, I decided to paint the dresser that originally got a makeover just with Hemp Oil.


I have to tell you, I loved that dresser wearing just Hemp Oil, but it didn’t sell at Lucketts and it was just hanging out in the studio, so…


Yep.  That’s what happens when things hang out in the studio for too long!  Obviously, it’s not finished, yet.

Here’s a video showing the process of painting it…

A few details –

I painted directly over the Hemp Oiled wood.  We applied the Hemp Oil several weeks ago, so it has had time to cure and will not act as a resist to the paint.  I applied the paint directly, without sanding or adding the Bonding Agent.

I started at the top of the dresser with Flow Blue and blended it down into French Enamel, which is a lighter shade of blue.  If you look at a sunny, blue sky, you’ll notice that it gets lighter as it nears the horizon.  That’s the look I was hoping to achieve by blending the two colors.

For the grass, I started with Lucketts Green and blended that down into Boxwood, just to create variation and depth.

As I do with my other hand painted designs, I drew this one out with chalk.  It’s just a rough sketch that gives me an idea where everything will be placed.

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Now, I need to paint the actual landscape, which I will do with acrylics.

I must confess, I’m a bit nervous about it (and, I’m getting pretty ambitious with cows!)

I’m not a perfectionist, but I really nitpick and second guess myself when it comes to this kind of painting.  I know I need to relax and let my art be my art and not feel self-conscious about it.

And, as I tell so many people who share their nerves with me…

It’s just paint!!!

second landscape dresser | part one

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