Touch Up Old Picture with Marker

I had found an old framed oil painting of a bowl of flowers by a window in the trash when a neighbor moved. I dusted and washed it off and saved it. The picture was sort of nice, so I hung it in the bathroom, a good place for it as I wouldn't have to worry about ruining it! Even though I basically liked the picture, the colors the yellowish roses and a brown vase were sort of blah.

Then, the other day, when I was working in the bathroom, I had the idea of "mashing up" the colors on the picture. What did I have to lose? So I took pink high-liter markers and turned the yellow/white flowers into a sort of pink (more like nature), took green marker to the leaves, and I touched up the blue highlights in the window, too. I went on to put some touches of permanent pink marker on the roses. When the bowl looked too yellowish-brown, I took a violet permanent marker and touched up the bowl and the bottom of the picture to make the brown more violet to go better with the now pink roses.

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The trick seemed to be to apply the marker and then smooth it in, to blend with my finger. I then put some baby oil on the oil painting to brighten it up. Voila! A formerly blah picture now goes very nicely with the rest of the art in my pink bathroom! Now, what can you mash up?

P.S. I have also touched up yellow roses in an area rug with permanent pink marker.

By pamphyila from L.A., CA

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