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!
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.
2) Draw a grid with the same number of squares on your canvas.
3) Use the grid as a guide to copy your picture from the paper to your canvas.
4) Start painting! I always start with a solid background and let it dry really well.
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.
6) Then, mix some black in with the base color and paint in where the dark/shaded parts of your picture are.
7) Finally, mix white in with your base color. Paint in the highlighted areas.
8) Voila! Beautiful “art”!!! I did three. All slightly different but I think it’s fun 🙂
You will end up with a lot of mixed paint blobs.
I hung the pictures of my kitty above my breakfast bar. They really liven up the space, no?
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?