Entries Tagged as 'DIY projects'

I’m seeing spots

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07.9.11

Perhaps the title will give a hint as to what I’ve been working on lately. No, it’s not painting the entire living room purple polka dots although my 12 year old self would have been totally in love with that idea. It’s also not time to get my eyeglass prescription updated, I’m totally current with that as well. It is because I’ve been working on a little project motivated by a painting sold on Ballard Designs that my sister has been commenting on for years.

I finally got around to painting this one and boy am I glad I did. Although a bit time consuming it was SO SO simple I didn’t even use a paintbrush other than to quickly brush on the background color.

It’s was the perfect sit in front of the TV and watch your favorite show type of project. Lately I’ve been loving everything that’s on the USA network. My new favorite crush has to be Suit’s Harvey Specter, he’s the man.

But seriously people back to what I was originally talking about, the painting so easy and so worth it and just in case you weren’t totally convinced by seeing the first picture, below is a shot of the original as sold on Ballard Designs for $449.

Now here’s my version that cost around $30.

Not bad, Ay? I said in my best Canadian accent. Next week I’ll post the full DIY tutorial on this project but for now I’m contemplating how to avoid my sister seeing that I painted this for her so I can keep it.

Have any of you created some great knockoff DIY art? Are you in love with any USA network shows? Or do you want Suit’s Harvey Specter to be your mentor? Please tell us all about it.

And, in the meantime if you can’t wait to get your tutorial fix  stroll on over to our tutorials page to see some of my other art tutorials.

Flowers & Paisley Painting Tutorial III

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16.8.11

Happy Tuesday Everyone.

What a rainy couple of days it’s been around here! The rain put a bit of a damper on the progress on our outdoor projects this weekend, but we did get to enjoy a lazy Sunday around the house watching movies. I worked on a new painting this weekend that I can’t wait to share. I’m really loving the way it’s turning out and it will be a super easy tutorial, I promise. Though that will have to wait for now.

But in the meantime it’s time for the third paint by number key for our Flower’s & Paisley Painting Tutorial Series.

Since most of the instructions are identical for each canvas I won’t go into all the details here. For a full list of supplies, paint colors and complete instructions hop on over to Part I here and Part II here of the Flowers & Paisley series.

The instructions are simple though… download the sketch, follow the paint by number key below and have fun painting!

  1. Magenta (straight out of the tube)
  2. Titanium White with a touch of Magenta
  3. Magenta and Titanium White. This mixture varies for each petal. Work from the outside in to create the flower
  4. Dioxazine Purple almost straight from the tube and a speck of Titanium White. For the Centers add more Titanium white to your mixture
  5. Cadmium yellow (pale hue) and Cadmium Red Light. This mixture varies for each petal. Work from the outside in to create the flower
  6. Dioxazine Purple and Titanium White. This mixture varies for each petal. Again work from the outside in to create the flower
  7. Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium yellow (pale hue). To create the center color add Titanium White to the mixture. For the Scallops alternate without cleaning you brush, magenta and titanium white.
  8. Magenta and Titanium White
  9. Phathalo Green and Cadmium Yellow
  10. Magenta and Titanium White with Dioxazine Purple center dots.

Flowers and Paisley Art III sketch

PS: Don’t forget to check out Part I here & Part II here.

PPS: If you like this project stroll on over to our tutorials page to see our other projects

PPPS: Thanks for stopping by and Happy Painting Everyone!


Flowers & Paisley Painting Tutorial II

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08.8.11

Welcome to Part II of my Flowers and Paisley Painting Tutorial. This is the second in the series of four tutorials from the collection below.

 

For today’s painting pleasure I’ll be showing you how to paint this fella on the right.

Without further adieu.. let’s get going, shall we? It’s as easy as a paint by number chart.

Since most of the instructions are identical for each canvas I won’t go into all the details here. For a full list of supplies, paint colors and complete tutorial hop on over to Part I of the Flowers & Paisley series. The sketch to create this art is attached at the bottom of the post.

Let’s go straight to the good stuff.

Here’s how.


  1. Dioxazine Purple almost straight from the tube and a speck of Titanium White. For the Centers add more Titanium white to your mixture
  2. Magenta straight out of the tube. The centers are Magenta mixed with Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  3. Cadmium yellow (pale hue) straight out of the tube
  4. Cadmium Red Light
  5. Cadmium yellow (pale hue) and Cadmium Red Light. This mixture varies for each petal. Work from the outside in to create the flower
  6. Dioxazine Purple and Titanium White
  7. Alternating without cleaning you brush, magenta with titanium white scallops
  8. Magenta (straight out of the tube
  9. Titanium White and Magenta
  10. Phathalo Green and Camium Yellow
  11. Naples Yellow and Cadmium Red Light

Some Tips

While the paint is still wet dry brush with white paint to highlight

I usually paint 2 coats on each area to achieve the vibrant colors

Remember to have fun it’s just paint you can always paint over it if you don’t like it

 Click link below for PDF of sketch

Flowers and Paisley Art II sketch

PS: Don’t forget to check out Part I here,  Part III here and Part IV here.

PPS: If you like this project stroll on over to our tutorials page to see our other projects

PPPS: Thanks for stopping by and Happy Painting Everyone!

 

Flowers & Paisley Painting Tutorial I

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02.8.11

It’s been a while since I posted a painting tutorial. I thought it was time to come back with some of my original paintings inspired loosely by my love of paisley and give the low down on just how it all comes together.

I’ll be posting these in a series of four tutorials in the coming weeks. First up is this lovely guy on the left. I really love to paint with bright colors as you can tell, and also I hate mixing colors so there is usually relatively little custom paint mixing involved.

Tools and Materials (for the entire series)

4  8×10 frame (I use canvas board so the slip easily into regular gallery wall frames)

4 8 x 10 Canvas board

Carbon Paper

Paint Brushes

Paints (outlined below)

  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Cadmium Yellow (Pale Hue)
  • Dioxazine Purple
  • Magenta
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Phthalo Green (Blue Shade)
  • Naples Yellow Hue (Pale Hue)
  • Titanium White

Instructions

Step 1. Using the sketch outline trace over it with a piece of  transfer paper onto the canvas board. Sketch outline is attached at the bottom of the post.

Step 2. Paint the background of the canvas with a mixture of Cadmium yellow and titanium white. I placed a some of each color onto my palette next to each other and load 1 corner of a stiff bristled brush with yellow and 1 with the white. Then directly on the canvas I lay down the paint in an x pattern mixing better in some spots than others, leaving a mottled effect.

Step 3. Since I’m usually working with the water mixable oils (oils take longer than latex to dry) at this point I tend to leave the background alone for a couple of days to set up a bit mostly because I’m clumsy and forgetful and tend lean my hand into the wet paint often.

Step 4. Using the image and paint by number guide below fill in the flowers and paisley designs.

  1. Varying mixture of Permanent Alizarin Crimson and Titanium White some of the more orange areas I added a touch of Cadmium Red Light
  2. Cadmium Red Light and Titanium White. The inner portion of the paisley design is just a lighter version of the outer rim and dots made by adding more white
  3. Varying intensities of Magenta and Titanium White
  4. Each petal is a varying mixture of Titanium White, Cadmium Red Light with touches of  Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  5. Dioxazine Purple almost straight from the tube and a speck of Titanium White
  6. Cadmium Red Light and Naples Yellow Hue along with some Titanium White Highlights
  7. Alizarin Crimson and a speck of Titanium White
  8. Cadmium yellow
  9. Add the final detail dots in your choice of complimentary colors

Some Tips

While the paint is still wet dry brush with white paint to highlight

I usually paint 2 coats on each area to achieve the vibrant colors

Remember to have fun it’s just paint you can always paint over it if you don’t like it

 Click link below for PDF of sketch

Paisley Flower Art I

PS: Don’t forget to check out Part II here and Part III here and Part IV here.

PPS: If you like this project stroll on over to our tutorials page to see our other projects

Turquoise Mirror Makeover

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26.7.11

It’s true I have turquoise mirror obsession and after the success of my last mirror makeover I wanted to more closely match this inspiration mirror I found (pictured below) while browsing pinterest a while back and have been obsessing about ever since. It was so easy I now have to stop myself from buying every mirror I see and spray painting it.

Inspiration Mirror source Knight Moves: Stella Dallas via pinterest

I began my search on eBay for Syroco style mirrors  I settled on this mirror for it’s similar shape and details and I thought it would be a good makeover candidate as some of the gold finish was chipping.

I first removed the mirror and backing then primed the entire thing using an all purpose spray primer I had on hand.  Once dry, the entire mirror received 2 coats of Valspar’s Exotic Sea Gloss  and was set out to dry over night.

The next day I glazed the entire piece with Valspar’s Metal and Patina Glaze. I worked in smallish sections; glazing and wiping with paper towelsonly allowing the glaze a couple minutes to set.

And viola easy peasy lemon squeezy turquoise mirror makeover.

Psst: If you like this project stroll on over to our project gallery to see our other projects

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