Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Making A Shabby Chic Painting

I decided to paint another shabby chic painting to place it beside the other  tutu painting that I painted. I will show you how I painted my tutu. I really had fun splashing paint. This style of painting is forgiving and free, you don't need to be afraid. It is not about details, but imperfection and freedom of expression. I saw some of the originals Laurence Amelie   painting for inspiration. My painting was a combination of various paintings that I saw. I changed the original; for example, by painting roses instead of little blue flowers, or using an art knife instead of a brush. I was trying to paint my own impression of a tutu dress hanging  in a garden, swinging with the rhythm of the wind.
First, I prepared my canvas with gesso and let it dry. After dried, I wet the canvas with water--you could use a spray bottle with water or a brush.
With a wet sponge, I applied watercolor paint on canvas, mixing different colors.
Then, with a hairdryer, I mixed all the color together.
The good thing about the hairdryer is that you will not have brush marks on the painting, and the other reason  is that it will speed the drying.
After the watercolor is dry, the fun begins. I used an art knife to make the tutu dress using acrylic paint.
You can splash acrylic paint mixed with water (a light cream consistency ) using a brush. Place newspaper around the canvas.
Splash paint on the tutu. You can apply  oil paint with the art knife to give it more texture. There's no limit to the creativity.
Now you can paint the roses, or your favorite flowers on the tutu.
They don't need to be perfect, remember that is an impression of a flower.
 I painted some vines; I think this is a climbing rose :)
I'm displaying my tutu painting on the living room for my shabby chic decor.
~Have a wonderful day full of beautiful things~

1 comment:

Lady of the Woods said...

oh my god, those are truly beautiful!! I'd hand one of those in my house! yes I would, how lovely and wonderful to be able to paint...I can't, I've tried lol, but those are beautiful.

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