Custom Paintings From Photos As Valentine’s Day Gifts

996Here is a new exceptional idea I came across for presents on special day’s like Valentine’s coming up, that you can achieve from a photo all online and have your own piece of commissioned hand painted art! Which I thought was an absolute winner for this years Valentine’s.

All I need to find out now is how exactly they went about it because I wanted a real artist painting mine and NOT a computer generated print. I found several companies on the web that I found appealing so I phoned three and ended up going with the one with the nicest customer service AND the most efficient (not necessarily the cheapest).

They said they could complete within 15 day’s as a priority order so I went for a 16″x”20″ in oil.

From the start they offer a free image consultation service where they advise on what best to do in the editing of the photo (which is also free) and see if I approve, they also advise what medium would look the best in the kind of style I wanted the finished piece to be in. Have lots of choices with custom paintings at

After the consultation my photo was in the hands of a professional retoucher whom did as I asked and decided in the image consultation which was brilliant! Then on my approval and only on my approval did they send my edited photo to a professional artist to be painted.

I sincerely cannot recommend this system enough of custom paintings from photos as Valentine’s day gifts as it has been an absolute joy to be the chief editor of your own custom made portrait!

I’m sure my fiancé will love it as this kind of gift will be so unexpected and a wonderful surprise to present on the day rather than the usual chocolates, flowers or a picture frame, and as this is our first Valentine’s day together being engaged to be married I think this is also a really appropriate gift to celebrate that landmark in our relationship.

Back to the process – the artist had finished the portrait and I was sent a preview, It was absolutely amazing! The delineation and mixture of colours blended so perfectly it really was quite remarkable how lifelike, and how the artist caught our mood.

Home Painting Guide: Coordinate your Colors

A quality custom painting job is crucial for those who are not oriented with the basics of home painting. So before you start painting drywalls, study your wall surface type and your home space, then decide on which colors that suits your house style if it is Mediterranean, modern Zen, classic American, etc.

Rooms with color may not seem significant if it is separated by walls and closing doors. But if it is adjoined, the color relationship between the rooms subliminally affects your mood. If your house is an open floor plan having no division between your receiving area and dining area, it is important to choose colors that compliments or relates each other.

The challenge in interior home painting is to give each space its own identity according to its function and still achieve aesthetic appeal that is unison. Some people consult independent color consultant or painting companies to help them estimate which color suits the need.

To give you an idea on which colors to paint your home let me give you some terminologies you should know to aide you when coordinating with a color consultants or a painting company. In painting color theory, a HUE refers to a pure color. If a hue is added with white pigment, it is called a TINT. If a hue is added with black pigment, it is called a SHADE. For example, the color green is the hue; one variation shade of green is Teal and one variation tint of green is Aquamarine. Teal is relatively darker in value than Aquamarine, which some people believes to be with associated with a blue hue.

And if you don’t have an idea which colors are perfect for your home. Think inside! Your personality reflects (too) what you paint on your walls. You can start with if you would like to settle with warm colors or cool colors.

Warm colors like red, yellow and orange can make a room look smaller and can create an intimate and cozy feeling, while cool colors like blue, green and purple represents serenity and can make your room appear larger.

As a tip: Neighboring colors (or analogous in scheme) like hues of the same warm or cool hue scheme creates harmony and opposite colors like black and white or orange and blue (though they are complimentary) creates drama. This tip depends if you want your home interior painted with harmonious or dramatic appeal.

SONY DSCColor also represents human mood whether it is warm or cool. Each color defines us and their characteristics cannot be altered.

The color RED raises a room’s energy and very much stimulating. YELLOW is a positive color. It communicates happiness and warmth, thus it is uplifting and welcoming. ORANGE stimulates appetite and just like its neighboring color yellow, it communicates positive vibe and represents warmth.

GREEN is the most restful color in the eye that is why it represents serenity. Just like the greens, BLUE is calming/relaxing. Blue represents depth and sensitivity. PURPLE, on the other hand, represents royalty and sophistication though rarely some people paint it in larger scheme.

The NEUTRALS like black, white and brown – including its shades and tints never fall out of fashion. Though they can be dull if painted in larger scheme, but are great for balancing. Add neutral colors if you need to liven things up or calm things down.

House Paint – 6 Tips For Choosing The Right Products

If you want to give your home a beautiful custom paint job or if you are wanting to start your own house painting business you may want to consider exactly which house paint to use for interior and exterior projects. As a professional house painter I know the time saving value of getting to know your products. When you find which house paints work best for you and how they perform you will be able to turn your jobs all that much faster with less headaches. Below are some tips to help you do a professional job at home or on the job site. Interior House Paint:

1.) Which Brand to Use – Play it safe. Always use the best quality paints and primers. Don’t show up at someone’s doorstep with humdrum brands. Instead pretend you are going to be painting a multimillion dollar home. Now what name brand would you choose? Not everyone may agree on the same brands of house paint of course. Don’t skimp on your own home either. After all, a man’s home is his castle! They only exception is if you are doing properties or commercial work where quality may not matter as much.

2.) What to Use on Interior Walls – I like using a “Matt” finish on interior walls. Matt finish is a lower sheen than eggshell, yet very washable, very architectural looking. Benjamin Moore has a nice Matt finish in their “Regal” line that is super washable and won’t burnish when scrubbed.

3.) What to Use on Ceilings – the best interior house paint I ever used on ceilings is actually a primer made by Porter Paints called “Blanket” (PP 1129). It is basically a high hiding solid white block out primer. While nobody would even think of using a primer as a ceiling paint, this stuff works! It leaves a soft, pure white, flat even finish with no streaks or lap lines. You can tint it to whatever color you want. It also makes a great block out primer. The benefits to using this solid white primer on ceilings are being that it is a primer, it grabs to any surface. It dries and can be re-coated in just one hour and coverage is about 150 square feet more per gallon than regular paint. And spreads way better than regular ceiling paint. One last point is that you can tell where you have to roll on the second coat because the first coat over looks like a primer coat.

4.) Woodwork Paint – in the old days up till the early 90′s, alkyd or oil base enamels in the “satin finish” were the norm for woodwork. Benjamin Moore “Satin Impervo®” in the alkyd formula is still a market leader. Since the 90′s the government has cracked down on V.O.C.’s in house paint (volatile organic compounds) and some alkyd formulas may not be as fun to paint with as they used to be (some of the good stuff has been taken out of the paint). Fortunately Satin Impervo now comes in a latex formula that is so awesome I don’t want to paint woodwork with anything else. It feels and levels like alkyd enamel should. I also use their Fresh Start® All Purpose 100% Acrylic Primer 023 as my enamel under coater. Sherwin Williams also has a good alkyd enamel called ProClassic® Alkyd and their PrepRite® Classic Primer which is also alkyd base and is an enamel under coater (holds gloss) is also a good choice. Both are also available in a latex formula as well. Exterior House Paint:



5.) What to Use on Exterior Siding, Windows and Doors: for exterior again, use the very best quality paints and primers. For exterior siding I like to use MoorGard® 100% Acrylic Low Lustre Latex House Paint N103 or their MoorGlo® 100% Acrylic House & Trim Paint N096. For garage doors, windows, entry ways, etc. I like to use the MoorGlo® which is equivalent to a satin sheen or finish. In most cases I would use the MoorGard® on siding. It’s low-lustre is equivalent to an eggshell finish or sheen level.

6.) Exterior Primers – I use Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Start® All Purpose 100% Acrylic Primer 023 as my enamel under coater. They also have an exterior oil base primer for bare wood that is stain blocking. These are my personal favorites. You may want to use the Sherwin Williams line of house paint. They also have high quality products. Every painter has different preferences. Location may be another factor.