This beautiful, up-cycled bedside table has been painted in a Nordic Blue using ‘Grand Illusions’ chalk-paint. The Scandinavian style flowers have been hand painted and designed by Laura Eleanor using gouache paint.
It has been sanded down to give a smooth and distressed finish, then; painted, waxed, and finally the flowers were hand painted on. To protect the paint it has been varnished with an artist’s satin finish.
Artist’s Note: I took inspiration from Scandiavian Folk art for this one, the simple shapes and bold colours stand out beautifully from the deep blue of the furniture. This is a totally unique and one off piece as I don’t use any stencils in my work.
Caring for your table: Use a coaster for your drinks!
I first started become interested in folk art after watching the film ‘Maudie’. It is a biopic about the late Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis. I was inspired and touched by her unrelenting drive to paint the landscapes that surrounded her and to bring colour and joy into her small home. She actually painted everything she could get her hands on!
The ‘naive’ look of folk art is deceiving, to the layman observer it looks like pretty, floral patterns, but there is a deep cultural history surrounding designs. Particularly prevalent in Scandinavian and Eastern European countries, it was a way for the people to bring colour and vibrancy into their homes. Each flower has a different meaning, as does the way each culture paints it. I am lucky enough to live in the Kent countryside where we are surrounded by wildflowers and country gardens, I take inspiration from these blooms and bring them to life on furniture.
Each piece of furniture is priced by the materials and time taken to produce the work.