Tuesday, May 10, 2011

DIY Wall Hangings / Paintings


Here are the wall hangings / paintings I did for David's room
I knew I wanted a couple big canvases on the wall, but it took me forever to decide exactly what I wanted them to look like. I wanted them to fit for a little boy, but not look baby or cartoon. I knew I wanted animals (I ended up picking a couple of his favorites because I figured he'd like them more), and I knew I wanted them to match the bed.

I have to say that I love how they turned out.




I know a lot of people are intimidated by the idea of painting, let alone designing your own picture, but for those of you who are brave enough to try....
Here are a few pointers.
Start with a reference (a photo, a design on a piece of fabric or clothing... whatever it is you like)
SIMPLIFY!
if you try to paint a million little details you'll be screaming and the painting will be a mess.
Here's the best way I can describe simplifying your design...
Look at the VALUES (lights and darks)
Break your picture into 4 values (or less):
light side, dark side, light accent, dark accent (or outline)


This way you're dealing with 4 solid colors plus the background.
You won't have to worry about blending and shading and a million other complications.
Much easier if you ask me. Besides, I think it gives your picture a more modern look.
If you have trouble seeing how to separate the values, use a photo editing program and adjust the contrast to better see the light and dark division.

Hope this helps!
Have fun!



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7 comments:

  1. those look fab!!! well done. i'm sure ur son loves them.

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  2. PS Yay for the finished quilt!

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  3. Amazing paintings Emily! You are so talented!

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  4. This DOES help, Emily!!! I love the painting tips. I am excited to paint something for Mylee as soon as we move.

    P.S. I think this blog is fabulous.

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  5. Wow, I'm impressed! It looks beautiful. I've never heard of acrylic paint pens. Will have to try them out. Thank you for the tutorial; I'm going to try it myself soon!
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