Eiffel Tower Copycat Oil Painting

So my problem when I paint is that I end up being too precise and anal about my paintings so that they a. take me forever to do and b. become no fun at all and stressful instead. I’ve been really trying to break out of that lately and I thought copying the style of a loose and free painting might help. I fell in love with this painting of the Eiffel Tower before I had that idea and decided to try to recreate it. And I don’t want to give the impression that I invented this painting, I definitely copied one. (I found the painting on Pinterest and I guess it is from someone named Aja’s Etsy site, FYI. Fooled me, I thought it could have been a professional famous artist!)

This has been one of the most fun paintings I’ve done and it only took a few hours total to do (maybe like 4 – if that sounds like a lot, for me it isn’t!). It was really great for me to get out of my precise style that can be super limiting and not even fun. I hope I can continue that pattern even when I’m not working from someone else’s work! I think this is one of only a few paintings I’ve completed that I can say I love.

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The free and painterly style of this really got me to loosen my hand up. I hope it lasts and carries on into other work but if not, at least I have a completed painting I like as a consolation prize.

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Mod-Podge Paris Tray Table

This post has been a long time coming, which is not really excusable for how simple the project was! My favorite part is how cheap it was too. I picked up this little tv stand at an estate sale last summer for no more than $2. The idea was to mod-podge some cool paper on top of it, paint the legs, and make it a fun little side table. I toyed with the idea of mod-podging (which I had previously referred to as “hodge podge” and “modge podge”, both of which I learned don’t exist) some actual objects onto the top of it (i.e. postcards or pictures) but once I found this paper, I figured it did the work for me. I picked this up at a store in Minneapolis that’s hard to describe other than it has lots of fun STUFF. I’m loving these papers! A few bucks each but tons of styles and they’re thick and sturdy enough to use for all kinds of projects. I’ll definitely have to find more ideas as I’ve found these at an art supply store near me.

Anyway the mod-podge was probably the most expensive part of the project. It nearly broke the bank at $7. I pulled the tray piece off the legs and shellacked that paper onto the tray with a good 5 or 6 coats. It created a nice thick coating but I think I’ll still need to be careful not to get it wet or spill on it (not my strong suit). One issue I had was getting the paper tightly fitted into the curved corners. If you look closely (please don’t), the paper ripped in one corner and kind of stretched over another so it doesn’t fit in tight. Better luck next time. I did find that getting the paper and the tray pretty soaked in mod-podge first helped with the pliability. I threw about 4 coats of gold craft paint on the legs with a foam paintbrush and ta-da!

Total cost (estimated):

  • Table – $2
  • Paper – $3
  • Mod-podge – $7
  • Gold paint – $3

For a grand total of only about $15! Not bad. I’m still undecided on how much I like this. It’s definitely a handy size and height for my living room but probably not something I’ll move into a decent house one day. It works with my small apartment and mismatched decor for now though. What do you think? Cute or cheap looking?

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Here’s the festive 70’s tv tray before. I know, I can’t believe I would cover those fetching ribbons up either.

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View from the top. I’m kind of obsessed with Paris and fell in love with the paper. I think the angled placement worked out too.

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Painted the legs gold. Took a few coats but I like how it turned out.