painting our living room wall

By Rachel Awes on July 18, 2011

i painted on our living room wall last weekend…beginning with the paint color “toothpaste”
& i loved finding the “wonder brush”

i felt drawn to draw on a bigger scale for a while & it felt so good to show-up.


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  1. Yael says:

    Hi Rachel – I have a lot of empty walls! You come????? 🙂

  2. Yael says:

    Oh, btw, love the words on your pants!!!! 🙂

  3. apinkdreamer says:

    wow! wonderful!!!! i’m el from face book!!!

  4. Hi Rachel! Thanks for dropping by my blog! I found you through Cathy (Tinnie girl too) AND (big smiles!) I must confess I have a few of your beautiful words and pics posted on my inspiration wall in my studio to remind me of all that is lovely….your gorgeous spirit shines through your work and I’ve added you to my blogs I ♥ list on my blog xo

  5. nacherluver says:

    Oh what fun! Bravo, you!

  6. kristen says:

    wonder-full ! And I have brush envy.

  7. ELK says:

    to see the close up of you creating the bird with a brush .. happy ! i so enjoyed the idea and series of photos this morning …keep us posted!

  8. Meredith says:

    The perfect spot for a little somethun/somethun! Nice touch, great job!! Likey! Are’t the paint color names a hoot! That’s half the fun!

  9. Nancy says:

    I love it, Rachel………looks like a dove coming right into her hand…….I love the BIG…..

    Hugs and blessings

  10. Mary says:

    oh Rachel, this is fabulous!!!

  11. andrea says:

    Love love love love love love LOVE!

  12. Briana says:

    So glad you listened to your call . . . the large scale is awesome!

  13. Kim Mailhot says:

    Love it ! Putting a bit of you on the walls of your house is such a brilliant idea !

  14. such a wonderful place
    to be a wall!!!
    I love your bright brave
    idea and that you followed
    your heart all the way to
    the edge of your fireplace
    and splashed it out loud!
    I imagine those seeds will
    scatter and incite a riot of
    Love, love, love,

  15. wanda miller says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! now you’ve done it SUPER WOMAN…you and she! how great is this? LOVE!!! you’ll brighten everyones lives even more than you do now!!! LOVE XOXO

  16. Kelly Lish says:

    I just LOVE it! xo

  17. Kolleen says:

    beautiful radiance,

    i love this so much and i love that you showed up for the wall and it’s calling out to you!!!

    its perfect!!!


  18. Lisa says:

    Beautiful image–love the lights above it. Something about little white lights…they make everything more magical.

    Where did you get the Wonder Brush? That is one serious looking brush, and I think I could have some fun with one of those. If you wouldn’t mind sharing where you found it, please do.

    And your mug is beautiful, too.

    Your images continue to light up my life. Thank you, Rachel.

    Happy Summer to you.

  19. leonie says:

    absolutely gorgeous. what a joyful and amazing way to decorate your home.

    now i wish you lived closer, so you could come and paint one of our walls!

  20. wow that is so pretty you look like your having soo much fun hugs xx

  21. Brooke says:

    So glad you showed up! So very cool! Thanks for sharing! I love the color toothpaste:)

  22. Julia says:

    OH! Such freedom! I love it, Rachel!

  23. That brush is only a wonder brush because you are holding it! Gorgeous piece you made right there!

  24. Tammie says:

    how wonderful that you painted on the wall
    so lovely and soothing
    the color ‘toothpaste’ feels good on my eyes

  25. Heather says:

    What a fun project! I love that you did a painting in your living room. It looks great 🙂 and you didnt even need to find a frame!~!

  26. Suz says:

    And show up, you did! I love it, Rachel!

  27. She is beautiful. This makes my heart happy.

  28. You are a wonder! I love your magical wall♥♥♥
    Hugs to you,

  29. OOh please tell me that you are going to do this again Rachel cause I LOVE ITTTTTTTT!!!!! Oh my goodness I just think this is totally the bees knees and If you do prints,…. Well there goes my money he he he he he! This is the best!
    Big hugs to you,

  30. lori vliegen says:

    the perfect little touch for the perfect little corner! who knew that toothpaste could look so fabulous?! xoxo

  31. This is awesome! You are brave, I am afraid to mess up the wall (my perfectionism kicks in – lol!) Good for you, it looks beautiful!

  32. lee says:

    wow you need to come to my house

  33. Miriam says:

    I love this! I’ve just recently discovered you and your art–I’m still crushing!!!! You can’t paint large scale at my house ANYtime! Thanks for sharing your art, vision, and life with the rest of us!

  34. Miriam says:

    Oops got carried away and should have proof read. You CAN paint at my house anytime!!!

  35. Phillisa says:

    Love this and the little sparkling lights that look like stars!

  36. Milena says:

    Oh wow! Rachel, wish you lived closer so I could commission a wall painting:)

  37. elizabeth says:

    There is a paint color called toothpaste?! Love that.

    How neat to see your work in an even larger size!

  38. yes! paint big Rach! show up and paint mama! xoxo

  39. Jessie says:

    Rachel, it’s lovely to se your work on a big scale! It works so well and looks great. I’ve been redecorating my living rooms walls too, not quite so original looking as yours though I’m afraid. Thanks for your comment on my blog and I’m sorry I took that particular post off. I was feeling quite vulnerable about it so I hope you understand. 🙂 Jess xx

  40. deb says:

    I love how your work translates to this larger scale, and I love the colour, in fact my bathroom is that colour, maybe you should drop by and paint a lovely inspirational image in there too, all the walls are blank right now as I haven’t put up the new paintings I bought to go in there. just a thought!lol! Great work. I just love how uplifted I feel after stopping by here.

  41. Isn’t is a great thing to be able to paint for our living rooms like this!

    I had to laugh at the name of the paint colour….did you make that up? or is it actually called that? lol Do your teeth feel minty fresh when you look at your wall now? heheee….sorry, I couldn’t resist!

    I always love your illustrations!
    thanks for popping by to see me!

    croisant and coffee works for me!

    ciao bella

    Creative Carmelina

  42. Amalia K says:

    Oooh, I wanna do that!!! I love that color “toothpaste”, you did a wonderful job giving life to the empty wall… (^_^)

  43. LauraX says:

    good for you rachel…love it!

  44. aimee says:

    oh gasp. it’s perfect!

  45. that’s super amazingly awesome! That wonder brush does look like a wonder—it looks like it might work like a big pen? I might have to try that!

  46. Alex says:

    that is so cool! Love your blog and your style

  47. This Moment says:

    I know this was posted about a week ago, but I just found your blog (from your little birdie today) and I love love love this painting in your house! So sweet and beautiful. What a great idea!

  48. kelly barton says:

    first. l love painting these little pieces of love.
    i have one in my studio and i am trying to figure
    out how not to cover it up when we re paint the studio

    two. what is this wonder brush. do tell.

    so fun.

  49. rachel awes says:

    hi kelly (& all!),
    i found the wonder brush at a local st. paul paint store (


  50. Jill says:

    i love that you are painting fearlessly on your walls! And what is this “wonder brush” you speak of?

  51. this is so wonderful and delightful!!!

  52. Carissa says:

    ahhh! i love it & your cuteness!

    2 weeks ago i was painting my living room & did a little mural i eventually covered up w/ the roller. i think my hallway needs a little diddly-doodly-dee & now you’ve inspired mee! weeeee!


  53. Oh my GOOOOOOOOOOOOODNESSSSSSSS!!! This looks so fabulous!!! I adore the simplicity and freeness of it.

    It’s so fun being here and catching up with your summer. You are so invigorating!

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