Painting Adventures

I’ve said before that I’m not much of an artist. But I enjoy artistic activities. So when my bestie planned a visit from Colorado, I suggested a painting activity. There are a few places in town here where you can go to a sort of guided painting session where everyone paints a specific picture inspired by a famous piece of art (Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Georgia O’ Keefe or something). The instructor gives you some tips on painting technique, you pick out your colors, and you get painting. To spice things up, adult beverages are available!

We went to “Mimosas and Monet.” The painting for that session was a Claude Monet inspired painting of irises.

It was really fun! The instructor talked a little bit about impressionism, gave us some tips, and then turned us loose. And, our first mimosas were free!

diy Monet irises

I’m definitely not going to be winning any awards for my painting (those do not look like irises!), but I’m really glad we went. It reminded me how much I enjoy painting and making art for my apartment. So now I’m scouring Pinterest for other diy art projects. My kitchen needs something.

 

Geometric Wall Art DIY

geometric wall art by isteph215.wordpress.com

I don’t necessarily consider myself artistic. Creative, yes. Crafty, yes. But artistic? I feel like that falls more into the realm of fine arts. People who are really good at drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, etc. I’m none of those things.

Then I stumbled across this wall art project from The New Domestic. It’s a painting in that it involves putting paint on a canvas, but you don’t need any technical training or skill to do it. My kind of painting!┬áPlus, I’ve been wanting something big to put above my couch for a while, and the bold, graphic simplicity of this piece really appealed to me.

You can see my piece above, and here’s the step by step.

1. Figure out what size you want it, and buy a canvas. I could have gone a little larger, but I was nervous about tackling such a large project and hey, canvas is expensive!

2. Select your paint colors. Do you know how hard it is to pick out a good accent color at Hobby Lobby by yourself? I needed a second opinion! In the end, I love the pop of metallic that the gold gives, but I stood there and debated for a good ten minutes. I used acrylic paint, ps.

3. Painter’s tape. I used 3/8″ width, but the original posters used 1/4″ width. It just looked so skinny when I was picking out tape! Note: I couldn’t find painter’s tape in that skinny of a width, so I used artist tape that I found at Blick. There was definitely some bleeding, so I recommend really trying to find painter’s tape.

4. You’ll need some brushes. I’m going to assume you already have those. I used a bigger brush (like hardware store vs art store) for the large purple sections and a small craft brush for the smaller sections.

5. Figure out your pattern, so to speak. I drew a rectangle and tried out a bunch of criss-crossing line variations until I liked one, then I played around a bit with what sections would be the accent color. Over at The New Domestic, they used Photoshop for this step, but I’m low budget.

draw out patter

 

6. Tape out your lines. I also marked each accent section with a gold dot.

 

7. Now we’re getting to the fun stuff. PAINT! Don’t go too crazy, though. With such skinny tape it’s easy to overlap into a section that is supposed to be a different color.

in progress painting

 

Looks like a bit of a mess, doesn’t it? Once you take the tape off, though, it’s awesome.

painting above couch

I should mention that I have a dark purple dish chair on the other side of the room. And a few other purple accents throughout. I am thinking about replacing one of the turquoise pillows on the couch with a dark purple one, though. Always looking for an excuse to buy another throw pillow!