I’m a fan of art – it’s amazing how the same piece can be interpreted in so many different ways.
You’re used to seeing my painted nails in swatches and nail-art tutorials, but there are some other things that I like to paint. (You could insert a joke here about me wearing war paint on my face if it makes you happy.)
Many years ago, I got an easel, oil-paint set, and brushes as a gift from my boyfriend. I’ve used it only a few times – yeah, I need to bust it out more often. And I have 2 blank canvases that I still haven’t used yet. Hmm…I’m sensing an upcoming project!
I don’t have any formal training, so my techniques are very simple, but I liked the end results enough to display them in my home.
In this Smorgasbord Sundays post, I’ll show you 2 of the paintings I did and also a few random other things I have hanging on my walls.
P.S. No, the owl picture isn’t one of the paintings I did. I wish!
I found this owl picture in the scrapbooking section of an arts-and-crafts store. It only cost about $0.07 CAD. Yeah! Mere pennies!
Since I really liked this picture, I wanted to display it on my wall, so I waited for Michael’s to have a 50% off sale on their frames. This frame with a glass cover was around $5 CAD after the discount.
I found the elephant picture in another arts-and-crafts store where they sold lots of different large posters. I’m not sure what they were supposed to be used for, but I really wanted to display this in a frame. (Again, I waited for a huge sale at Michael’s. I bought this frame and cover for around $12 CAD or so with the discount.)
Below was my first large-canvas painting attempt ever! It was back in 2006 when I used acrylic paint. I finished it in an hour while watching an episode of Gilmore Girls.
Originally I was planning to paint a scene of a sunset, but I wasn’t happy with how the sun turned out, so I converted it into a crazy-looking flower. From there, I just painted other flowers and vines.
Not sure if it came through, but the theme I was trying to get across was movement.
Some people have told me that the blue clusters remind them of grapes. Haha, I don’t know what they are – I was just having fun with my brush.
My second painting attempt was with oil paints. I actually prefer this much more than acrylic because you can blend several colours together better on the canvas. Also, I like how you can add more depth and texture with oil paints as well as dilute colours for that soft, washed effect.
Once again, I originally tried to paint a sunset, but it didn’t work out, so I converted it into ‘ferns’. I say ‘ferns’ because I don’t know what they are. I was covering up the bad sun that I painted, and then I was just flicking my brush and having fun. I kept doing it in all directions. The end result looks like ferns, but it wasn’t my intention. My actual goal for this one was to convey movement again, but in a softer, more elegant way.
Below is 3D Umbra dragonfly wall art. I arranged them on my wall so they look like they’re flying up to the ceiling. Once again, I have this whole thing about movement.
What’s on your walls? What kind of artwork do you normally like? Do you paint or do any arts and crafts?