Showing posts with label easy DIY artwork for your home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label easy DIY artwork for your home. Show all posts

Monday, 7 October 2013

‘It’s a dry spring this year’ Pencil Tracing on Plywood

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Well here at our place, we are still waiting for rain! My painting (of the same title) from some weeks ago obviously had no effect in the moisture department!

So this week, I felt like creating a simple and plain artwork, in response to this very dry weather. And I called it “It’s a dry spring this year.” 


This design was EXTREMELY simple. Firstly I whitewashed a plywood panel. I’m sure there’s a correct way to mix the whitewash, but I just decided to add water to some white paint I had. Couldn't be bothered fiddling around with anything else!



Once the wash was dry, I got out a saucepan lid to trace around. I used a saucepan lid because it’s easiest (and quickest) to have a handle on the thing you’re tracing around. Then you won’t smudge the pencil and you can move the lid quickly (as opposed to using a plate, for example).


Then I simply picked up my pencil and started tracing! 


I completed my ‘spring’ design by adding the title of the picture down the bottom. 


I like this artwork, it looks quite funky in my house. Let’s hope it helps to break the drought soon…

Enjoy your creating if you decide to try this project out!

Emma

Monday, 9 September 2013

‘Waiting for Rain’ Design on Plywood

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For some time now, we have been waiting for rain in our region. Lots of people around the country are doing the same thing. So, this week, I thought I’d paint a design that represents what we've all been doing!

The design features raindrops and lines to represent the way water drips down over a surface.

My ‘Waiting for Rain’ design was very simple, and you could use many different combinations of colours. I chose the grey, yellow and natural tones because I felt it fitted the mood of WAITING!!


Firstly I made a couple of templates for the raindrops out of cardboard. This makes the drawing of the raindrops in the design much quicker. I just used the side of an old box for cardboard.



Then I drew in all my raindrops.


Then I painted in the background. I did three different tones (in stripes) in the grey background, just for a little more interest. I mixed the greys myself, starting with a base of the colour Dulux Grid and then slowly adding a bit of white paint.

Then I started painting in my light yellow raindrops. 


The two Dulux yellows  I used were Pale Daffodil and Ogen Melon. 


I didn't paint every raindrop, as the plywood showing through matched perfectly with the natural look that I was going for. I just made sure that the painted raindrops were balanced throughout the whole painting.

Then I used a leftover pot of Dulux Klavier to paint around each raindrop.



The final touch was adding the ‘drip’ lines around the raindrops. I used Dulux Grid for this.


And that was it!!

I’m not sure if I've ever really detailed exactly HOW I hang these plywood panels. I thought I would do that in this post.

You’ll need to purchase some hangers to screw onto the plywood, plus some picture hanging wire. I usually purchase my supplies at Bunnings. As you can see, I keep my picture hanging wire in a nice neat pile. (!)



Hanging these panels is a very easy process. First, you’ll need to add the hangers to the back of the picture. The wood is so soft that the screws go in really easily with just a screwdriver.


Basically you can put them anywhere you like, but I usually put mine more to the top of the painting. I never measure properly when it comes to screwing in the second hanger… I just do it by eye and it always seems to work! 



Then it’s a simple matter of tying on some of the picture hanging wire.

Happy painting and creating this week! And I hope it rains soon!

Emma

Monday, 8 October 2012

Contemporary Yellow Flowers Design for Canvas

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This is a nice, simple pattern that I developed recently when I was trying out some ideas for modern floral designs. I painted it for our spare cottage, but ended up liking it so much that it now hangs in the corridor in our house!


It’s a really easy pattern to try for yourself. The three Dulux colours I used for this canvas design were: Rolling Pebble (the brown); Pale Daffodil (the yellow); and Wayward Grey (the dark surrounding the flowers). I just purchased sample pots of the colours.

My process was very simple. I firstly drew in the pattern with a pencil. The balance and placement of the flowers is obviously central to making this design work.


Then I painted in the brown and the yellow.


After waiting for them to dry, I then finished off the design with the dark grey around the edge. This was the fiddliest and most time consuming bit of the painting work.


As with most of my projects, the possibilities for use of colours for this design are endless!


Happy painting!

Emma