Adding Monsters to Thrift Store Paintings

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Thrift store paintings are pretty predictable — religious icons, weird clowns, and lots of very boring landscapes. Not many of us would think to include them in our home decor, unless we found a particularly rare gem or were going for a kitschy tongue-in-cheek theme. But we feature projects of upcycled and hacked thrift store finds all the time. Why not embellish a painting? And if you are going to go through the effort, you might as well make it worthwhile, and not bother adding a tree or quaint woodland cottage. Add a monster. A big one.

Twisted Sifter recently featured two artists, Chris McMahon and Thryza Segal, who decided to take the mundane landscape paintings that seem to always find a home at thrift stores and make them a bit more interesting. The addition of large monsters and fantastical creatures does exactly what you would expect it to do — make you look twice and then break into a huge grin.

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At first we thought these would be perfect for a kid's room, and we still think that is true. But the more we look at them the more we think they would look good just about anywhere.

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This is a great project to give a try if you have some artistic skills, and even if you do not, maybe a strategically placed decal will get you a similar effect. Either way, hats off to Chris and Thryza for breathing life into some old discarded artwork.

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(Image 1 & 2: Chris McMahon. Image 3: Thryza Segal. Via: Twisted Sifter)