i thought i might do something a little different for this weeks 'How 2 Make' i thought about making some wall art.
This project was made on a 12 inch canvas but please don't let that scare you or put you off having a go at something like this. There are hundreds of old picture frames out there that are screaming out for a new lease of life. So just replace the canvas with some paper insert and then place on a wall.
Once again this has been a journey as the original concept was as we say 100 miles away from what it ended up. i also have to apologize for some of the photos they are blurred and l also missed out one section which isn't of great importance so a few extra words will be okay.
The main products of this project are ACRYLIC PAINTS. after playing with some i found that ECO GREEN CRAFTS ACRYLIC PAINTS gave the best coverage as the paint is thick and has a strong colour hue which covers what is under very well.
These paints as well as a wide range of other crafting goodies are available from THATS CRAFTY ON LINE. A visit your not going to be disappointed with.
12 x 12 inch canvas [cheapest one you can find].
Selection of Eco Green Crafts Acrylic Paints.
Wide tipped Brush and a Fine Tipped Brush.
White Marker Pen
Glitter Pens Both Coloured and Clear.
A 12 x 12 sheet of USED Bubble Wrap.
Template of your choice here i have used Circles but you can use one with Squares, Ovals, Hearts etc.
Paper from Old Books to give strength to the canvas.
Tub of 50/50 PVA Glue and Water to secure the paper onto your canvas.
Moulding Paste [to make the surface level and cover the lines made by layers of paper]
Heat Gun [USE LIGHTLY]
Mod Podge Mat
LETS MAKE SOME WALL ART
As i was not sure as to what i was going to do next i placed a layer of White Gesso over the canvas. Getting ready to help with the layers of colours the project was going to involve.
i opted to give the canvas a layer of Bronze thinking that it would make for an intresting back ground.
On second thoughts the Bronze was not a good move.
Once i had opted to change the direction, i took the moulding paste to make the surface of the canvas level and cover up the surface that had some warping in the paper.
Once the moulding paste dried i took a sanding block and sanded the paste so that the final surface was flat and had no ridges.
This is where i jumped in got excited and forgot to take a photo. The Blue was just so vibrant i couldnt wait to do the next step.. BUBBLE WRAP!
To protect the back ground i used some Mod podge to protect the base.
This is where the fun starts, after selecting the template i wanted to use, a soft leaded pencil i started to build up the design.
SORRY ABOUT THE PHOTO! The selection of paints that were going to be used.
To help with the saturation i first decided to lay a layer of white Gesso and then mix in the paints with the gesso so that it leftdiffering shades of that colour.
The next point where i decided that i had to make a change. the mixing of the gesso and the paints was just not working for me . So i decided that i wanted a flat colour.
Once the paints had dried the next step was to take a strong white marker pen and place dots around the circles.
The finished circles and dots.
There was something missing the background just didn't feel right. So i took a dotted flourish mask and started to build up flourishes in the background. These flourishes didn't go over the circles but were to look as if they were behind them. A coloured Gel Glitter pen was used first.
Then to look as if the dots were shadowed i took the clear gel glitter pen and put the mask just a little of sync. This would make it look as if it was shadowed.
The final part was to take a flower template and using a clear gel glitter pen in the centre of the larger circles.
There you are a simple art project that by just using some paints and a template or two you can build up some modern art.
As l stated at the start you don't have to use a canvas your able to transfer the skills in this how to make onto a paper surface and then securing into a frame that you have found and treated from a car boot or charity shop.
Any questions please send me a message and i will get back to you a.s.a.p.