On Saturday evening we went to the 21st birthday party of a really lovely girl that we know, and I wanted to paint her something as a gift. I know that we no longer give people turning 21 those oversized keys that were all the rage a few decades ago… but I actually still like the idea of giving someone something that represents a step forward in life and reminds us of the increased responsibility that we now have for ourselves in turning 21.
So I came up with this 21 keys design! The drawings of the keys are based on another artwork that I completed a year or two ago for a friend of mine.
This artwork was very simple. I purchased another piece of plywood from Bunnings (I just love plywood!), and I used paint colours(interior acrylic paint) that I already had at home in my stash. I tried to use colours that I thought our 21st girl would like.
Firstly I drew the 21 keys onto the plywood. If you decide you'd like to try this, you could either copy my designs or find some simple key designs online.
Then I simply painted them in different colours! Just make sure you balance the colours as much as possible throughout your work.
I also added a little saying down the bottom ‘All doors are opened at last’ and a happy birthday message, just to personalise it a bit more. I roughly drew this lettering on first and then painted over the top - it's very easy to do.