Remember last month when I made it one of my monthly goals to paint a large canvas I had had sitting around for almost 2 years? Well, I painted it, and to my good fortune, I actually like how it came out! So, when I saw an awesome deal on canvases at Michaels (2 for $10 . . . say what?!) I sneaked a pack of two into my cart. It felt like a good move since I’ve taken a recent liking to painting and we have a lot of empty wall space that is crying out for some artwork.
I thought about getting larger canvases, but since I’m sill very much a beginner painter, I figured I wouldn’t mind blowing $10 if I decided I didn’t like how they turned out and wanted to throw them away. I figured that in the end, at least it would be good practice!
Well, something great happened, you guys! I created another painting that I really like. It’s very simple, and I think a painting like this might actually look more interesting when done on a larger scale, but I love the way the design pulled itself together in the end (more on that later) and I had so much fun playing around with colors and adding texture. My painting tools were super basic (paper plates for mixing paint, a brush from a kid’s bulk pack of brushes, 99 cent acrylic paints from Walmart, and of course that $5 canvas!) but honestly, I like to test the waters before investing a lot of money into a hobby.
When I started brainstorming what I wanted to do for this painting, all I knew is that I wanted to create something geometric. I wanted some crisp shapes and lines. I didn’t want to fuss over using a ruler to draw my lines, so instead I grabbed some washi take and taped away to create the interesting shape pattern I was going for. This method was so much faster and easier then using a ruler because I could easily pull up the tape and reposition it if I wanted to. You can use any kind of masking tape for this method, bust isn’t washi tape just so much cuter?! Once I was happy with my design I got down to painting. I made sure to press down the tape before I painted beside it to make sure paint wouldn’t seep underneath. Once the paint had dried I carefully pulled off all the tape and then added some more interest to the painted shapes by adding some lines for texture. I was so pleased with how the design looked after the tape was removed. This is definitely a work of art that comes together at the very end . . . it can start to look a bit like a mess until you pull up the tape to reveal the crisp lines! My lines weren’t completely perfect because my tape kept coming up, but I was still happy even with the imperfections (hey, I’m not trying to win any awards here :-)
This painting is hanging out right by our front door. Amazingly, I can even see the painting at night without any lights on in that room. The crisp white lines seem to capture any available light and give the painting a glowing quality. Super cool :-) I’m excited thinking about how I’m going to use that other blank canvas!