today i have two bits of randomness to post about.
first bit of randomness…
i discovered angela(a picture of her from her blog is to the left – isn’t she beautiful) from the blog the painted house last week and was so excited to find out that she was working on a new blog design. you’ll see when you take a look at her blog that she is an amazing artist and a very fun blogger. she actually incorporated her own “doodles” into her new blog design. to celebrate her new design she is offering a giveaway of one of her original oil paintings to a lucky reader. no, you didn’t read it wrong, i did say an original oil and a very cool one at that. head on over and check out her blog if you get a chance. you’ll be glad you did.
second bit of randomness…
i wasn’t planning on doing a “how to” on this artwork while i was making it so i’m sorry for the lack of pictures to go along with the directions.
things you need: quilting fabric, staple gun, acrylic paint, paint brushes, ribbon, paper, pencil
1) to make the silhouette artwork first i figured out the silhouette i wanted to use and i drew it out on paper. this took a while because i had to play with the size and scale of each image. after i got my image drawn then i cut it out. you can use any image you like. i suggest experimenting with different images.
2) then i took my fabric and wrapped it around the canvas. i used my staple gun to attach the fabric to the back of the canvas. i only attached it in a few spots in case i needed to move it later. i used 2 different fabrics – a seersucker and a polka dot.
3) next i placed my silhouettes in the center of the first pair of fabric-wrapped canvases and i lightly traced around the edges of the silhouettes with a pencil. then i flipped the images over and traced them on the second pair of canvases so i would have a mirror image.
4) once i had my silhouette traced i used my large paint brush to paint inside the silhouettes and i used a smaller paint brush in the areas that were small (like the bird’s legs and the owl’s legs.) then i did the same thing to the second set but i painted around the image instead of inside. (repeat with 2-3 more coats of paint.)
5) after the paint was dry, i secured all edges of the fabric to the back of the canvas with the staple gun. i used about 5 or 6 staples per each of the 4 sides of the canvas.
6) to give the art a more finished look i painted all of the edges a darker pink.
7) finally, i attached two strands of ribbon to the back of each canvas with my staple gun and tied the ribbons in a bow.