I came into the studio on Monday morning like a tight ball of stress. The studio is my “happy place”, but I was struggling to step away from the “businessy” things and create. I finally had to force myself. I needed it. I needed to mix some paint, dip a brush in, watch a transformation in progress, feel myself relax with each stroke.
I pulled out this little pine dresser and decided to start a new landscape on it.
The last one I did had vibrant, playful colors. I wanted this one to be soft.
The MMS Milk Paint colors I mixed up are (from the top, clockwise) – Layla’s Mint + Boxwood, Eulalie’s Sky + Shutter Gray + Farmhouse White, Farmhouse White, and Layla’s Mint + Lucketts Green. I loved the palette just sitting on the table. I was already enjoying the benefits of a creative endeavor.
Since it’s easier to show you the process, here’s a quick video of me painting the piece…
And yes, I almost always paint a piece while the drawers are inside. I really need to leave the drawers in, anyway, for a piece like this, so the pattern is consistent.
The sky is painted in the Eulalie’s Sky + Shutter Gray + Farmhouse White mix. I brushed in some Farmhouse White here and there to start some “clouds”.
The grass is painted in the two custom greens I mixed. Adding Layla’s Mint to both Lucketts Green and Boxwood really muted the colors, giving them the softness I was after.
I was hoping to get a little further on this piece, but I got sidetracked on some other creative projects. By the end of the day, I was humming along to my music and the stresses of the morning, that really aren’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things, didn’t feel as acute or pressing.
This sweet little dresser and I are going to have another therapy session tomorrow…