Jul 27, 2015

canvas painting

Painting is my favorite way of relieving stress. You don't have to be artistic or creative to paint. Painting is an interesting form of art, because even just splotches of paint can become an incredible, unique piece. Here is #roomspiration numero tres, which I definitely had the most fun with: canvas painting. A painted canvas is a gorgeous addition to any room, whether it be sitting on top of your bedside table or hanging on the bathroom wall. I'm going to teach you guys how to create a beautiful painting in just five steps.

What you'll need:

acrylic paint

And surprise, surprise: I prepared a video! It's a very short timelapse of me working on the painting, which I thought would be a great help for this post. After you watch the video, you can scroll down to see my written instructions.

- step one -
As you can see in the first photo, you're going to start off with the background. Choose the basic color that you want to build off of; I chose green. Beginning from the right, create a gradient of dark to light (the light represents a source of brightness, such as the sun or a lamp). For my gradient, I used black, dark green, turquoise, lime green, yellow, and white paint respectively. Using a large brush with a relaxed hand, paint big strokes across the canvas. Add a curve to your brush's path to make the scene look just a bit more realistic, as if the background is circling around the source of light. Picture a star: the light it radiates is in the shape of a circle!

Important tip: keep your brush wet—not too wet to the point where water drips from the bristles, but wet enough so that your brush glides smoothly across the canvas.

- step two -
Take a medium sized brush, and paint a black strip across the bottom of the canvas. If you have a fan-shaped brush in handy, have the bristles face the north end of the canvas and add small strokes all along the strip to imitate grass.

- step three -
With a smaller brush, paint a tree trunk about two thirds of the way across the canvas. Make it roughly an inch thick—and, it doesn't have to be a perfect line. In fact, be sure that it isn't perfectly straight; tree trunks are bumpy! Now, switch to your thinnest brush and start drawing your branches. I made five big branches, then painted tinier stems growing from these five. To be honest, you can make them as ugly as you want because they're going to be covered in leaves very soon!

- step four -
Wait a couple minutes for your branches to dry. Then, choose a color for your leaves. I decided on a light shade of pink to reminisce the beautiful cherry blossom trees of Japan. This is the easiest part of the project: with your new color, dab little dots all over the branches! Dab as many as you can to create the illusion of a fuller tree. After these dots dry, take your white paint and add white dots on the left half of the tree. It'll look as if your source of light is reflecting off of the leaves. Gradually add less and less white dots as you move slowly towards the right half, until you have absolutely no white dots at the right end. Don't forget to avoid the very bottom as well, because the top leaves are going to prevent the light from reaching the leaves under them.

- step five -
This is optional, but I decided to add the silhouettes of a little boy and girl holding hands under the tree. I started off with two circles, then worked my way into drawing simple bodies and hairstyles.

You're done! Wait for your work to dry, and don't forget to add your signature and the date. This is both a great piece to display and a spectacular gift for a loved one. This painting was inspired by gagnonstudio. If you wish to learn more painting techniques, I encourage you to check out Tim's Youtube channel.

Thanks for visiting and reading this lengthy post! Are you a painter? What do you think about relieving stress through painting? If this isn't your forte, how do you like to get rid of stress?

See ya laters,