I’m no artist, that’s for sure.
But I really had my heart set on adding something tropical to our bedroom this summer. I mean, I’m a floridian for Pete’s sake. I was gearing towards pillows of some sort, so in an attempt to channel my inner Picasso, I took the road frequently traveled by real artists. Yes, it would have been easier to purchase a pair of pillow cases but this was quite fun-not to mention inexpensive!
I went to Ross, picked up a pair of plain, white pillow cases for $2.99 (yes way, Jose) and that was it. This is something you can absolutely manage because chances are you already have a black sharpie, markers and some Qtips in your casa. Here’s how to make these cuties!
Wash/Iron out your pillow cases. You’ll not be able to do this afterward. Keep in mind, the design on the pillows is purely decorative. Choose the main color of the palm leaves and start an outline with this selection. For me, it was green, because basic ;).
Then continue to repeat the design all over the pillow. Don’t worry, if they don’t all look identical or perfectly sized. I find that different shapes and sizes are more attractive to the eyes anyway! Then, select a secondary color to give your design a 3 dimensional look. I took a blue sharpie and drew out little swirls starting from the bottom of the stem and working my way up in order to achieve this. This gave the leaf a more rounded look, if you will.
Then, I took my black sharpie and highlighted the stem. This step is crucial, as it will allow the design of the pillows to stand out. Otherwise, it will wash out, which is cool too but not what I wanted for this particular project.
I took the orange marker and colored the inner lining of the palm leaf. Don’t ask why I selected orange, it’s pretty nonsensical and I’m certain I violated some color wheel rules. But it worked and I still dig it.
Lastly, I took a little Qtip and rubbed over the yellow marker to blend the colors in. It’s important that when you blend the colors, there’s dampness present so that the Qtip can do its job of blending. Some use water, others use rubbing alcohol, perhaps a tiny drop of acetone would work too. Looking back, these guys look more like feathers than they do palm leaves. That’s ok, they’re ABSTRACT.