Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Project Couch Completed


So I finally completed fabric painting the last section of our couch. My husband took the kids swimming on Sunday to give me a break for a few hours. I knew I had to complete the couch and was going to on Saturday but felt too lazy to do so. I was umm-ing and aah-ing whether or not to start that morning because once I start I find it hard to break free from the couch chains and let go or take a break until it is completed.... as you can imagine, such work takes hours to finish.

The whole thing took 6 hours to complete and the kids were extra careful not to touch anything when they were at home for fear of it staining their clothes. This does not mean that I was not constantly approached by my youngest asking if she could touch it. I let her touch the moose when it was dry and check how it feels like. Because it is very good quality fabric paint what she felt was the fabric itself. 

I am happy with the results except for one thing; the camel's behind. I wish I made it more slanted so that the hump would show even more... I am not sure why I painted it that way and every time I look at it I wonder if I could correct it in some way. Who wants a camel with a square bum? But since it is painted green it would be hard to paint over it unless the paint I use is black. I will try and figure out something but if not, then I will have to live with my square bottomed camel and accept the fact that it is unique. 


Here is the whole couch with the previous drawings. The gecko and elephant represent Malawi and Thailand while the Moose represents Canada, where Aaron is from, and the Camel represents Jordan/Palestine/Iraq, where my family and I are from. 

I still need to figure something out for the arm and head rests but I am not too worried as they are not that dirty. Now that I am done, I can wash the non-removable parts of the couch and not worry that water stains will remain after it had dried.

My mom, cousin and friend think that I should start a business.... I am not too sure that I have a lot to give really.... what do you think?

13 comments:

jyothisethu said...

Interesting story and a great art work...

congrats...

Birdie said...

I am in awe at how wonderful it turned out. I absolutely love it! And the camel is perfect. Don't change it. And yes, you could start a business. You could even start small and try small toss cushions. Look into selling them on Etsy.
Way to go Lana!

Tabouleh said...

I honestly do not understand the new version for comments... I loved the old one where you can post replies to individual readers...

Barbara: Thanks for your vote of confidence as well... toss cushions sounds like a fab idea... i did some before but only for myself, my parents and friends... making some would be cool... what is your address in Canada by the way? and What are your favorite colors... I would love to do a couple for you and send them when I get to Canada? Gives me a project to work at...

Tabouleh said...

Sethu dear: thank you for reading the post again and for complementing my work... it was fun to do despite the back ache afterwards... LOL.

Terra said...

A moose and a camel, now that is very pretty. I traveled in Jordan years ago and enjoyed it; visited Petra.

Tabouleh said...

Thanks for passing by and commenting on my post Terra... I am so thrilled to hear you have visited Jordan...it has so many gems hidden away amongst the rocks. Glad to hear you enjoyed it... Petra, Jerash and Wadi Rum are a few of my favorite places in the world.

Maximus said...

Very swish! Good work.

Tabouleh said...

Thank you Andrew!

Kim said...

I really like it!

I'm very impressed and it definitely looks like it would take a long time to complete.

Tabouleh said...

Thank you very much Kim.... it honestly did not take very very long... if I want to calculate in hours how long then it would be around 15 hours? so considering the size of the couch... not very long...

Shopgirl said...

I think you are very talented, in writing this story and in fabric painting. What a fantastic job you did in both!

jan said...

I don't know how I missed this bright photograph in my reader. However am here now to chime in with my admiration for your couch covers. You have used such beautiful colours and I love the moose and the camel together, as well as all of the other symbolism. You are so talented. Yes I defininitely think you could open an Etsy Shop.

Tabouleh said...

THANK YOU BOTH... how sweet of you to visit and compliment as well. I am really not as talented as you think I am.... :)But you certainly make me feel good about myself.