I live in a rented house for college, and it needs a lot of work pretty much everywhere (this is a polite way of saying it looks like a haunted garage). The landlord said I could paint whatever I wanted as long as it was tasteful, giving an entire house painted in neon red and orange hippie flowers as an example of not tasteful that had happened to one of her other rentals.
So I did this a few months ago:
Anglerfish in the bathroom. This lightswitch had peeling paint and was very ugly and dirty. Now it's clean and painted
It's very easy to find my reference picture on the internet, but it came out looking much more cartoony than it. (Which I'm happy about. I like its menacing/innocent face.) The lure is done in glow-in-the-dark acrylic, and the back is black acrylic; I kind of like the bumpy texture (ignore the annoying light shines). The rest is all nailpolish done with the original awkwardly blunt brushes, because I'm full of lazy masochism and wanted to see if I could do it. I also thought nailpolish would be more sturdy and easier to clean than acrylic. Once when it was dark, I felt like she was trying to bait me.
A closeup of the anglerfish. I screwed it on and then painted the socket with the wrong color (doh). I think I like it though.
. There wasn't anything wrong with this lightswitch, I just felt like painting it. The left switch was white and the right switch is still black; I'm not sure how someone did that.
It's all done in nailpolish (with its blunt brushes again; excuse the pink around the worm...I'll get rid of it later) except the worm's eyes, which are acrylic. I tried using at least three different colors on the apple because the silver I have is extremely old and crappy (watery). I have more worm-colored nailpolish, but I decided to use that pink because I got it from my (by now late) grandmother when I was little.
It's silver because someone put some small "an apple a day" decals over the sink, and I was thinking of folktales with a forest of trees with bronze leaves and fruit, silver leaves and fruit, and golden leaves and fruit. (The fruit is jewels sometimes though.) The golden apple is the most famous apple, but there are silver ones too. This kind of folktale is probably pretty common, but I only know Hungarian ones so I can't confirm it.
I wanted to paint a branch of silver apple tree coming out of the window near the lightswitch, but realized it would require repainting the window frame and washing and probably repainting entire wall (and plaster patching near the lightswitch) so it's only this piece of apple for now.
I don't know what to put on the black lightswitch by the apple. Any ideas? The best would be if it was a movable object thing like the others.