“Home Sweet Home” – Hand Painted Sign

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“Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home
A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there
Which seek thro’ the world, is ne’er met elsewhere
Home! Home!
Sweet, sweet home!
There’s no place like home
There’s no place like home!
An exile from home splendor dazzles in vain
Oh give me my lowly thatched cottage again
The birds singing gaily that came at my call
And gave me the peace of mind dearer than all
Home, home, sweet, sweet home
There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home!’

 – Adapted from American actor and dramatist John Howard Payne’s 1823 opera Clari.

There’s no place like home!  For the reminder of it (home sweet home) through song might incite desertion during the Civil War.

This gives new meaning to home and makes me even more grateful for it.  It is my happy place and especially when I get a chance to paint.♥

I decided to work on a few Virginia pieces about home and have several ideas on paper. I’m all about fun with a touch of rustic style. “Home Sweet Home” is making her way to the finish line (I still may add a frame around the edges).HSH AngleI started with a plain 12×24 board and painted it grey (liquid acrylic).  Then, I painted the image of Virginia in white (liquid acrylic).HSH FirstAfter sanding it with my electric sander (to smooth the paint a little and expose the edges), I added my ‘home sweet home’ sentiment in pencil.HSH PencilWith black acrylic paint I added color to the words.HSH WhiteAfter filling in the ‘M’ (heart) with red, I let the piece cure (harden) for a day.HSH SandThe next day, I used sand paper to distress the words.HSH WFI wanted to give it a more cozy-warm-rustic feel, so I added a brown wash (1 part paint to 3 parts water) to the entire piece.HSH DFWhich look do you like more…with or without the brown wash?HOMEI used a piece of duct tape to pull off some of the red paint.  It ended up pulling off more paint than I envisioned.  However, after taking a few sections off, it was one of those ‘happy mistakes’ that turned out for the best. HEART♥ Michelle

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