Operation Craft Room: I Actually Painted!

Friday, May 18, 2012

I had two more 16 x 20 canvases on my gallery wall to fill and I finally decided what to do with them!  I went the easy route with the other three and covered one with fabric, one with ribbon, and one with paper, but for these last two, I decided I would actually use them for their intended purpose:  PAINT!

I've been seeing a lot of cross stitching lately and I love it, but what really kicked my butt into gear was this pin:

Source: duitang.com via Jenna on Pinterest

Painted cross stitch - duh!

Oh, and we can't forget this anchor which I ADORE but was done the traditional way, just on a larger scale.

Source: etsy.com via Jenna on Pinterest

I definitely needed some cross stitch in my life.

If you remember, I've mentioned a few times that I had a major yarn FAIL on this canvas, so I cut the yarn off and painted the whole thing black.

I pulled out my rain boot with Appalachian As all over it, for reference, then set about free-handing an A onto my canvas.

Then I got out the white and yellow paint and my curved paintbrush and went to town, following my outline.

It's definitely not perfect but I think it's cool and my wall needed some alma mater love.  If you can make an X, you can create a cool painting - who knew?

The next painting is probably my favorite thing on the whole wall right now.  I just love the way it turned out.  I remember seeing Lindsey paint this endless circles pattern on a canvas a while back, although I can't find the original post - arrggh.  Sorry Lindsey.  Anyway, I was reminded of it when I saw it on another blog earlier this week and that sealed the deal - I had to have one!

1.  Using a ruler, draw a 2" grid on your canvas.
2.  If you have a circle cutter, cut a 4" circle out of heavy card stock, and use it as your template to draw intersecting circles, making sure the edges of your circle line up with the edges of a 2x2 grid.  If you don't have a circle cutter, find something round to trace and make your grid based on those dimensions.
3.  Yay, all done!
4.  Paint one color at a time onto your canvas.  I found it easiest to use a curved paintbrush to get around the curved edges.

Then you're left with somewhat messy edges.

Easy solution:  tape off the edge with masking tape so your edge color will wrap around onto the top just a tiny bit.

Choose your edge color and paint PERPENDICULAR to your tape, so your paint doesn't bleed under it.  Whatever you do, do not take your paintbrush and run it along the edge of the tape - sure recipe for disaster!

Erase all of your extra pencil marks (after all the paint is dry), and you have a pretty cool endless circles painting!

It's getting there... slowly, but surely.

Only 6 more canvases, 2 more frames, and a couple things to paint!  Oh, and ignore all that crapola on the Expedit... I haven't quite figured out what to put up there yet.

Have a great weekend lovelies!

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  1. That pin is super amazing! I think I might do something similar in my little's room. I love the idea of doing it on a canvas too!
    Also, I am totally obsessed with the endless circles pattern, I did a set of three endless circle canvases in blues, grays and greens for our playroom, and I love it! SO much fun!

  2. Looks great! Almost finished.

  3. that gallery wall is AMAZING! love the paintings! i have that rose one pinned, too!

  4. I saw your Appalachian "A" on Young House Love's Pinterest Challenge listing as I was scrolling through. Woo hoo, my fellow ASU grad! :) What a creative idea!