We have been getting ready for our first craft show! If you live in the DC/Maryland/Virginia region come out and see us and all of the other crafters and artists at the Annapolis First Sunday Arts Festival next weekend.
In addition to designing and making Paint My Trip kits, we've been busy getting our booth ready. If you follow us on Instagram (@wehgoshop), you've probably seen a sneak peek of our booth. As a self proclaimed interior decorator, I'm definitely taking an interior design approach to our booth. It feels comfortable and homey and is speckled with accessories including vintage suitcases and globes.
A couple of weekends ago the kids and I went to a garage sale in our neighborhood and after a bit of haggling we walked away with several treasures, including a vintage globe. The globe has a small dent and some paper was pealing off of Australia - so I decided to paint it. I thought it would be fun to paint it to mimic our Paint My Trip logo and use it in our booth.
After cleaning the globe I outlined all of the areas I wanted to fill in with paint with a thick sharpie marker. I didn't outline every country and I added some areas to be filled in with different shades of blue to the ocean.
Next, I covered the globe with a light coat of primer. I didn't want the primer to be too thick because I wanted my sharpie lines to be visible through the primer.
Once the primer was dry I started painting. I filled in the outlines with a few different shades of green and blue (to match the logo). I also painting a few areas with white paint - just like the logo. The lighter colors required more coats than the darker colors. To finish it off, I outlined all of the regions in black and added little numbers to the white areas. This required a very steady hand. Painting on a round, moving surface is a little challenging.
I love how it turned out - ever better than I envisioned. I'll probably spray it with a coat of poly to protect it when we hit the craft show circuit next month.
Another "spin" on this globe theme would be to outline all of the countries and paint them all white - then add colors as you travel the world.
Amanda Farnum is the co-owner and creative half of the husband and wife run Wehgo.