After all the fun we had last year with the Inspired by DIY challenge, I decided to bring it back this year and switch things up a bit. Instead of creating store knock-offs, I thought it would be fun to focus on our favorite designers/style icons and create projects and style tips based off of them. This challenge begins now and will go till the last Tuesday in July. This month our style icon of choice is Wes Anderson. If you are not familiar with him, you may just want to google him. He directed movie classic such as The Royal Tenenbaums, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Rushmore. He has a throwback style and he has a very unique approach to the stylizations of HIS movies. I can go on and on about how talented he is but I will just leave it right there. I am pretty sure some of the gals who are sharing today will school us all on what they love about Wes.
Before I go head deep into this tutorial, I just wanted to apologize for why my post this week is different than what I proposed last week. Due to the chaos that was going on with my kids (sick and hospitalized), I was not able to photograph my gallery wall until this past weekend. While setting my camera up, my speed light went out and I was unable to fix it in time. No worries though, I will be participating in the $100 room challenge hosted by Erin from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry starting tomorrow and the room I am working on is inspired solely on Wes Anderson. Fun, huh? Anyhow, if you follow me on instagram, you have probably seen these dogs in my instagram stories where I shared my Hobby Lobby haul.
Materials for Wes Anderson Inspired Preppy Dog Bookends
- A statue (base)- I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby in the clearance aisle
- Paint brush
- 3 different paint colors (I used Deco Art’s Prussian Blue, Chartreuse Yellow, and Alizarin Crimson)
- Tape (masking, painter’s, or washi)
Steps for Wes Anderson Inspired Preppy Dog Bookends
- Gather supplies
- tape off the dog 1/3 of the way down the dog. Make sure tape when taping that tape is properly adhered to base and straight.
- Using desired paint color, paint the top portion of base above the tape. I painted the dog using 2 coats of paint.
- Once the top portion is dried, take tape off of dog. If you have any paint running, you can use a q-tip to clean it up.
- With a pencil, draw a line(s), evenly spaced out.
- With another paint color of choice, trace over penciled lines and let it dry.
- Paint lower base of structure in desired color and let it dry.
I picked up the dogs from Hobby Lobby in the mark down aisle. My son actually begged me to buy them. My response was, “if I buy them, I am going to paint them”. I was inspired by a combination of three of Wes Anderson’s movies, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Moonrise Kingdom. The colors used for this project were an ode to Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom combined. The preppy look is the vibe I get from Rushmore, and the stripes were came from Ben Stiller’s character in the movie, The Royal Tenenbaums, tracksuit. Do you see it or is it just me in my head?
You know, I think I may just have to binge watch all of his movies after this challenge….inspiration, IN-SPIR-A-TION! In the meanwhile, I am going to stop by Kathryn at Up to Date Interiors so I can see what Wes Anderson magic she has brewing.
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