I am NOT an Artist

So first a disclaimer: I am NOT an artist. Other than my high school’s mandatory art classes and a few summer camps as a kid, I have no art training or real art skill. That being said, I love to paint. I think it’s so fun and relaxing. I painted my share of coolers in college and have been looking for a way to keep painting post-grad.So, I picked up some blank canvases from Michaels (40% off coupon!) and went crazy. I toyed with ideas of what to paint- if it was going to be on my wall, it needed to be something I love. People always turn out wonky. Flowers are impersonal. And then it hits me- my baby!
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My little kitty will be fun to paint (he’s so handsome) and great décor. So I begin my painting-for-people-who-can’t-paint process:
1)    Print out a picture of your model. Trace the outlines of the picture onto a piece of paper. Fold the traced paper into even squares.
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2)    Draw a grid with the same number of squares on your canvas.
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3)    Use the grid as a guide to copy your picture from the paper to your canvas.
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4)    Start painting! I always start with a solid background and let it dry really well.
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5)    I then start with my main color- for each painting I chose one base color. I painted that on where the “medium” shades go.
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6)    Then, mix some black in with the base color and paint in where the dark/shaded parts of your picture are.
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7)    Finally, mix white in with your base color. Paint in the highlighted areas.
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8)    Voila! Beautiful “art”!!! I did three. All slightly different but I think it’s fun 🙂
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You will end up with a lot of mixed paint blobs.
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I hung the pictures of my kitty above my breakfast bar. They really liven up the space, no?
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Kind of silly, but lots of fun and they make me happy! They will do quite nicely for the time being. Coming soon: bar stools!I hope you feel inspired and know that ANYONE can be an artist! Have you stepped out of your comfort zone lately? Tried any new art projects?

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