|Hi. I made a thing.|
I used the "make your own paint by number" method I described before, but this time I worked from a stock image. Every step of the process was done by hand. After I made my template on paper, I transferred it to canvas with carbon paper and red pencil. Do you know how hard it is to find carbon paper nowadays?! It's also time-consuming; the tracing alone took about 5 hours. But I'm glad I did it. As I traced, I changed parts of the image and made it my own. Before, I painted directly onto my template, and it felt too impersonal.
When I began painting, the lessons began...
First lesson: One's first piece on canvas probably shouldn't be twenty-four by thirty-six inches. Oops.
More lessons, a few more pictures, and what I did with it when I was finished...
Second lesson: Do not use thin, cheap paint. The dark green portion in the lower right part of the image took about 5 hours to paint because the dark bluish-green paint I bought was thin, cheap crap.
|These pictures are about to become very redundant. Sorry.|
It's not like the painting suddenly grows tentacles and walks across the room.
Fourth lesson: You don't waste paint because you worked in the wrong order. You waste paint because you squeezed out too much paint at once, and then it began to dry on the palette, and then you got icky bits of dried paint on the canvas, and then you picked them off and messed up the image and had to do that section again.
Fifth lesson: When you're finished, use a sealant. You know how your posters in college faded after a few years in the sunshine? A sealant protects the image from sun, makes your colors look richer, and it adds a depth I didn't expect from acrylics. I spent $15 I don't have on Liquitex Gloss Varnish, and I'm so glad I did. Looks like I should have bought it on Amazon, though. Oops!
|The only problem with a sealant: It makes it hard to photograph your painting. |
That glare on the left isn't really real. Just trust me: The sealant is worth it!
Sixth lesson: Get Amazon Prime, and buy it on Amazon!