Restore that I don't frequent but check out when I'm in that area. I didn't see anything of interest, but as I was putting the cart back I noticed this thing in all it's ugliness tucked behind the carts...
I've attempted painting before. My sister and I tried to create some abstract art on smaller canvases, and it certainly didn't come out how I had envisioned. But since that attempt I'd done some research on the matter (a.k.a. Pinterest searches) and figured out a few things we didn't do right. For one, the paintings looked dull and flat. We didn't have any texture. This big thing had a ton of texture, a modern metal frame, and happened to be the color of the day, making it half price - a whopping $12. I knew even if I had a painting failure again, it was worth a shot at that price.
This weekend I pulled out some leftover paint, a few different brushes, and got to work. First, I taped off the frame, and then Xander helped me paint the whole canvas white.
I used the white high gloss we paint the house trim with, 2 colors of chalky paint (a matte finish), and a tube of glossy puff paint. Once the whole thing got a coat of white (I only did one coat, some of the old painting coming through adds depth), I could see the texture better and noticed it went from one corner to another, in a diagonal. It made sense to take the black along that line. Instead of just mixing the cream and black together to get some greys, I dipped the stipple brush in both colors and let them mix and blend as I stippled across the canvas. This added even more depth to the piece. After stippling, I used a flat brush to dry brush the edges of the black out a bit. I took the same flat brush to put some cream throughout the piece, breaking up all of the white.
Then I used a tiny brush to paint the edges with the glossy black puffy paint.
I'm no Picasso, but it came out better than I had expected, based on my track record. And I will definitely never look at thrift store art the same. If you need some art on a budget and are willing to do some digging and get creative, here is what to keep in mind.
1. Focus on size and shape. Know what you need.
2. Is the frame something you like? If the shape is right but the color is wrong, could you paint it?
3. What kind of texture does the painting have? Will it work well with what you have in mind for the finished piece? Lots of texture is best for abstract, but you might want to avoid it if you envision your art having crisp, straight lines. I think working with the texture you have is key to a look you'll be happy with.
My husband dubbed it "Smoke on the Water." If you know Micah, you're now giggling. I'm glad we can have a good laugh with each other, and I'm glad I can make him hang things for me afterwards.
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