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

  2. PS Yay for the finished quilt!

  3. Amazing paintings Emily! You are so talented!

  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.

  5. Thanks for sharing this @ Workshop Wednesday. Hope to see you this week!

  6. 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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