I’ll be teaching two classes this fall for Washington State University so I’ll have a lot less free time starting in a couple weeks. Watching the start of the semester sneak up meant that I needed to get some projects done around the house while I still had some time. One project was redecorating one of the rooms in our house. I started the usual way by painting the walls then I moved on to removing the carpet, repairing, and prepping the concrete floor. Next was painting the floor and adding some
subtle paw prints for a bit of visual interest. To know Spring, is to know that she ALWAYS wants to be where ever I am so it’s fitting that I used her feet as my template.
I wouldn’t exactly call this an easy project because of all of the time I spent on my hands and knees but making the prints was pretty straight forward. I started by having Spring stand on a flatbed scanner – two passes seemed to work best so that just her front or back feet were on the scanner at a time. Once scanned, using Photoshop I created a basic drawing around each of her pads and claws and printed them on a piece of paper. The print was used as a template for cutting out the stencils from a sheet of transparency film (the regular old office store variety) with an X-Acto knife. That might have been the most difficult part of the (paw print) project. I chose one of those cheap sponge brushes to dab on the paint to give a little texture to each print. The best part of it is that if you’ve ever looked at wet paw prints on the floor, you know that they are not perfect – meaning that I didn’t have to worry if the template slipped a bit when I applied the paint because those imperfections made it look more normal.
It’s funny how we grow. We never would have considered adding such a lasting custom design in our first house (never mind that it is just paint and it can always be repainted). Today this is just one of the many custom art and craft projects that Robin and I have done since we bought our current home. Maybe that means we knew on some level that our previous houses (and cities we lived in) were not our final destinations. Maybe it’s that we don’t have a lot of wall space for hanging our art and this is just another way to make our house feel like home. What ever the reason, we are enjoying the results and I hope you do too.