Even though I don't really like the finished product of this one, I thought I would share how I created it so you can try your own version.
You don't have to be any kind of artist to make your own large scale picture. You just have to have a vision of what you want...and patience....that's where I went wrong with this...lack of patience. You also should know when to quit "fiddling" with it. I kept changing and picking at it, which resulted in a mess.
First paint your canvas the colour you want your background to be.
Then get a large piece of paper and cut it to the size of your canvas.
If you are doing a triptych, make sure at this point you know the space you want between them and keep them that distance. I would suggest getting some scrap wood or something as a spacer and clamp them to the canvas. I did not do this and I should have. Mine only would look good hung up like one large canvas...no spaces...which defeats the point of a triptych.
Anyways...I used old plans because I have a bunch of them....yes....my paid job involves construction.
I created my design on the computer and made a grid layout for over top of the digital image.
Then I drew a grid on my paper. Using the grid on my paper and on my computer, I drew my design.
Did anyone else use to do that when they were kids? I used to do it with cartoon pictures and Archie comics all the time. I thought I was a real artist.
I used some chalk and coloured the reverse side of my paper...the same method I used for "Oh Christmas Tree"...
...and traced over my design so the chalk would transfer to my canvas.
...which creates a huge mess....that's okay, though.
Paint over the design with your paint. Once the paint was dry, I used a slightly damp soft cloth to wipe off the chalk.
Then with the smaller parts that were too detailed to draw on my large grid piece, I traced right off my monitor....you could also print it too.
I used the chalk method again.
Then spend many, many, many hours with a fine tip paint brush and paint over the chalk.
Ben took a picture of me sitting at our table with a headlamp working on it. Our lighting in the kitchen is horrible, which doesn't work with my horrible eyesight. I should have posted the picture...but it's not a very good one of me.
Tweek it and make it into what you what it to be. This is where I should have left mine, but I couldn't leave well enough alone. From this point on, I continued to make a mess and ruin mine...but I know you won't do that.
Not too hard, right? Now you can take any art you want and make your own large picture for you own house...without paying hundreds for it.
Let me know if you try or have done something like this.
And because I like to keep it real....
If you have any questions, just ask!
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