So I found this gorgeous lamp at a thrift store for $8, but no lampshade. I'm fairy cheap and can't bring myself to spend $20 or more on just a shade. However, I had this ugly old accordion shade that I found on the side of the road--I love that place--so I decided to use the bones of it. I dithered for a while between mediums: paint? paper? fabric? Then, one fortuitous afternoon, I found several skeins of art yarn at Hobby Lobby in perfect colors for my bedroom--for $1.83 each. Score!
Now for scandalous confession time: I don't care for Van Gogh. Aack! some of you sputter, he's a genius! impressionist master! color palette! brush strokes! blah blah blah. I know all that stuff. Still don't like him. His works make me depressed. I don't like tiramisu, either, so something's clearly wrong with my brain.
All that aside, Hubby looooooves Van Gogh. So I decided to work the yarn across the lampshade in swirls a la Starry Night. And behold:
The whole shebang
The "before" shot
Ready for my close-up, Mr. Demille . . .
Let there be light!