My first major when I was in college was Interior Design. Sometimes I really wish I had stuck with it because I love creating things, but at the same time, I think the stress of having to make clients happy with my designs would probably have killed me. Anyway, some of my favorite things about that major was that I got to take so many awesome art classes. Including painting. I learned some awesome tricks, such as using a cheap glass frame for your palette. There's so much more room to mix your paint, and when you are done, it's easy to scrape off with a razor blade or exacto knife. Real artists use old pictures frames. Probably.
I came across this diy tutorial on A Beautiful Mess. I couldn't find the actual page, so I apologize for not linking to it exactly, but trust me, that's where I saw it. Anyway, what you do is buy some sticker letters, some acrylic paint, a brush, and a canvas. I actually have tons of canvases lying around that I have been wanting to do something with for awhile, but have a hard time getting started. Sometimes just the blank canvas itself is enough to stress me out because I'm afraid I'll mess it up. So sometimes I just paint a canvas a different color to get the ball rolling. For this one, I had a bright yellow canvas that I was thinking of maybe painting some Van Gogh flowers on, but it worked better for this project instead. I apologize for not having more step by step pictures, I got so excited working through this that I totally forgot!
- Paint a canvas a background color (mine was yellow) and allow to dry. Unless you want white, you could totally use that too.
- Choose a saying you want and spell it out with the stickers. Make sure you have enough stickers to spell the words out so you don't have to remove them and re-stick them to spell all the words like I did (oops).
- Mix together your cover coat (mine was grey) and carefully paint over the stickers.
- Allow to dry for 10-20 minutes and carefully peel up the stickers. An exacto knife or razor blade works well for this step so you don't smudge the paint trying to lift the letters up.
- Let dry completely and display your new painting!
|Acrylic paint + stickers|
|Real artists do it on picture frames. Hah.|
This was a gift for my friend whose niece is in the hospital. It was really fun and easy to make and it made her really happy (and me!).
Also, I am having a romantic fling with acrylic paint! It dries sooo much faster than oil! I had no idea I was missing out! I can't wait to make some more. Unfortunately, I won't be able to display them in my house because I think it would drive my typing hands crazy. But....they make fun presents! And it gives me a chance to paint again!
This whole project cost me about $20 for the paint and stickers, since I had all the other materials. But you can find some really cheap canvases at Michael's as well as a cheap frame for your palette. But it was really fun and totally worth it!