Saturday, March 21, 2009

Easy Peasy: Think Paint By Numbers

I've always been sort of crafty and Art class was always my favor period in high school. I went to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to major in Graphic Design. As you can tell, that didn't work out for me and I'm now a HR Administrator. Not everything usually goes as planned, right? I'm good at solving creative problems and I like to save money {who doesn't?}

So, here's a easy way to make your own art. You can use this for pretty much anything {with the exception of a Van Gogh or a oil painting of that nature}

I have a plan for a frame collage in my bedroom. I scoured the Internet for something that would match. I really wanted a original look but wasn't up for a $350.00 price tag.

Note: I'd like to go ahead and say that I do not claim this as a original piece of artwork by me, but a replica.

So I found this:

My specifications for what I wanted was:

1. silhouette. Anything from a tree to leaves;
2. I wanted to be able to change the colors easily and it still look decent;
3. I wanted something natural;
4. I didn't want to give up my first born for it.

Things you'll need for this project:
-Canvas {or any sort of media board really, this works on anything}
-Graphite Transfer Paper
-Acrylic Paint {you know, the isle with all of the .99 paints}
-Tape {preferably masking, shocker right?}
-Cheapy paintbrush set in a few different sizes. Get the smallest set you can find

I took the original image, found a part of it that I liked- a part where all three "vines" were incorporated well and cropped it. My blank canvas that I got at Hobby Lobby for $7.99 was 10 x 17 so I wanted to make sure I used my space.

I blew that sucker up to 10 x 17. You may have to print the image in pieces and that's OK. You can just tape it together.

After the image is taped, take the printer image, your transfer paper and tape it to the canvas. Here is what mine looked like after I had traced and transferred.

If you look closely, you can see where I've traced and the graphite has rubbed off onto the canvas.

After you are finished tracing everything, take off the copy and the transfer paper. Tada! You've got a outline of your upcoming piece of artwork!

Now is the fun part, painting! Use the acrylics that you bought to get to it. Also, make sure your brush is loaded well each time you touch it to the canvas.. Not talking a huge glob of paint on the brush but a good bit. If you've never painted on canvas before you might do a little test spot on the back of the canvas so you get a feel for it.

After you have spent about 6 hours painting {I did just because I am a huge perfectionist} you are finished!

Here is what mine looked like

Not bad for a art school drop out, eh?

This beauty will hopefully have it's home on my bedroom wall soon.


Averill said...

That looks great, Kristina! I'm really impressed.

lady macleod said...

very well done! A lovely blog.

Kristina with a K said...

Thank you both!! And welcome Lady Macleod! I hope you come back to visit soon! :)

Blayne said...

Wow that's amazing! I want to try!