Idea to Steal {8}: Ain’t Paint Great

What is the definition of art? It’s in the eye of the beholder, right? I immediately called this piece art as soon as I saw it.


Portraits dipped in acrylic! These are created by New York-based artist Oliver Jeffers in a series called Without a Doubt.

I suspect, however, that Oliver’s work is out of my price range, so I’d love to make a DIY attempt to achieve this really dramatic look. The steps are simple. Scour the flea markets for old portraits (the more random, the better) and then pick a combination of poppy colors, dip your prints and viola! I’m already envisioning a mix of sizes and colors dotting our entry above a new console table (I’m coveting this one!)

What do you think? Do you find this look intriguing? Read a really fascinating interview with Oliver here.

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14 thoughts on “Idea to Steal {8}: Ain’t Paint Great

    • Definitely lots of fun, and a DIY I think I can actually pull off!

  1. This is SO COOL. I’m in love. New mission: look for random portraits in Goodwill!!

    • I know, right? I love that something so easy to do (well, seems easy) can bring to life any old Goodwill painting!

  2. i had the same thought when i read his interview! i love oliver jeffers!

    • He’s seriously talented and creative! …One day we’ll be able to afford his work!

  3. Wiola

    Hmmm I’m not too sure how I feel about it and if I would like to have similar paintings in my flat?! But! I’m sure that I would like to see more of his work as I feel intrigued right now! I’m torn between: yeah, maybe and …I want to see more ! :) but the whole idea is very interesting!

  4. I love this look, easy to find some cheap framed prints at a thrift store and give them a new life.

  5. I love it! So much more creative than those art wall galleries with old flea market portraits. Would make me laugh out loud every time passing it in my house.

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