I'm really excited to be writing today's post (well... as excited as I can be about anything at 6:30am) because I'm going to be sharing something I've been thinking about for a long time. Art. Specifically, canvas art. It really gives a cultured and collected feel to a space- it's perfect to add a little interest to a gallery wall, or to lean up against a wall, and it always creates the perfect backdrop for vignettes.
BUT, it's pricey. And as much as I'm sure we would all love to have original paintings in our homes, it's not always in the budget. Especially for something large-scale.
I know what some of you are thinking. But I'm not an artist! Last time I painted something was in elementary school art class. Me too. Just hear me out.
I don't consider myself an artist. I would never, ever, ever compare the paintings I've done to someone who creates for a living. However, I love to do it. It's very affordable in comparison to purchasing original art, and the pieces I create add so much texture and beauty to our home. I'm starting a new series where I will teach you all that I've learned about painting and show you how to create your own (easy) paintings. You can do this! I promise.
And it all starts today. I'm going to show you one of the easiest painting techniques today, and hopefully if you're still doubting your ability, this will convince you that it can be done.
You don't need a lot of supplies, but there are a few necessities.
Paint. I've used oil, water, and acrylic. I would recommend starting with water because it's so forgiving and it dries quickly. Just because you're using water colors doesn't mean you need to create a typical water painting. The painting above was created with water paints- they're really very diverse. A small kit like this one, is a good place to start- you can buy similar ones at any craft store.
Brushes. You can pretty much start with anything. I've even borrowed my son's crayola brushes a couple times! I have found that some big brushes like these are helpful for certain looks, but they aren't necessary.
Canvas or Canvas Paper. You can buy canvases at any craft store- save up coupons or wait for sales- or you can also buy canvas paper which is a little thicker grade and has the texture of a canvas. Canvas paper is good if you like the framed look. You can also stretch your own canvases, which we will (hopefully) get to one day.
Enough talk. Let's Paint! Today we're learning the Ombre Drip Painting technique.
Start with your darkest color and swipe large strokes of color across the top of your painting. Then use a shade lighter, and so on. I went with just the two shades, and then an even darker paint across the bottom. Just for fun. You have to just go with what you're feeling. Stick with what feels right and it will turn out.
Now for the drip part. Dip your fingers or brush in some water and let a few drops fall. If you're doing a drip painting, it's VITAL that you use water paints, oil and acrylics won't mix with water, and nothing will happen. The next few images are the progression as I dripped more and more water.
And then once it dries, you'll get something like this.
And here's a side view, see how great it is when it wraps around the sides? (I'm not even going to try to explain away my messy counters.)
Here's another example of an ombre drip painting I did, this time in black and white. For this painting, I literally dumped glasses of water on the painting over and over to create much larger "drips". It's a small change, but it creates a totally different look.
Now what did I tell you? Anyone can do this. Just trust yourself. I think there's something extra special about a space where the art is created by those who live in the home. Plus it will definitely keep your budget in check, and who doesn't love that?
Be sure to check back because I have lots of other great techniques to share! Love you all-