Showing posts with label painting on plywood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label painting on plywood. 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, 23 September 2013

Simple and Colourful DIY Artwork

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This week I was busy painting something that could be used as a raffle prize at a street stall that our school P&C held as a fundraiser. Everybody was so nice and supported us! Our stall was very successful! And this raffle-prize painting will be delivered to its new owner this morning.


This is a REALLY easy design, and I used a plywood panel for it, because the plywood colour looks so NICE poking through.


The inspiration for this painting came from looking at my friend Paula’s tray of pastels – and she has a beautiful collection!


The process for painting was very simple. Firstly I made a template out of cardboard to get the shapes all looking pretty similar. I drew all the rectangles on using this template (and moved it around a bit, orientation wise so the shapes all looked a little different). 


I used the colour Dulux Grid as my background, and painted that in first, then left it to dry. 


Then I simply added each colour as I went. I left an ‘outline’ of plywood on each of the rectangles.



I added a hanger to the back of the plywood panel, and then (once dry) it was ready to go!

Happy painting at your house!

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, 27 May 2013

Plywood Skyscraper-Design Panels

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This project was really enjoyable to paint, and it was also very easy to do! I wanted this artwork’s design to be plain, geometric and modern. Once I’d completed the project, I thought they looked like the windows of skyscraper buildings, hence the name.

My plywood panels use a VERY simple concept of squares for the design, and they are based on my Black, White and Orange Canvas that I painted some time ago. My panels were cut ages ago by our builder (so I can’t claim any credit for using the saw to cut them up!), and they’re each 12.5cm x 30cm.


I simply drew on the squares with pencil.


Then I used a fine brush to paint around each square. The lovely charcoal colour I have used is Dulux Grid. I thought they looked better with the sides left unpainted.



I plan to hang them up using those Command sticky picture hangers.

This project is for a friend’s 40th birthday – I hope she enjoys her Plywood Skyscraper-Design Panels!


Emma

Monday, 22 April 2013

Double-Sided Flag Paintings

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Some flags are just so lovely and simple - especially the Danish and Swiss ones - and they look fantastic when used as part of a room’s design. 

I've seen loads of interior pictures using flag designs on soft furnishings and other items, so for this week's project, I thought I’d build on that and make something to be used as artwork in our home.



I wanted to do something a bit different this time, I thought I’d combine the two flags on the one piece of plywood. I painted one on the front, 

and one on the back. 


So when I get tired of looking at one side, I can flip the artwork over and have a completely new design! At the moment, I have them leaning up against the wall, so changing it around will be very easy.

This project was very simple and took no time at all. All you’ll need is a piece of plywood (I purchased mine from Bunnings), a ruler and pencil and some paint!


Firstly I printed out from the internet the flags that I wanted to paint. This way I could see exactly how to draw the flag.


Then I drew the design onto the plywood using a ruler. This was much easier that I thought it was going to be.



Then I painted in the red, then the white on the Danish flag. For the Swiss flag, I just left the ‘cross’ as it was – with the plywood colour showing through. The red colour that I used was Dulux Red Alert. The white was just a tin of something I already had in the cupboard. I only did one coat of each colour.

These paintings already look really good in our home!

Happy decorating!

Emma