DIY: Simple Painting

I wanted some artwork in my bathroom, but I did not want to spend a lot of time nor money on it. Since I wanted the artwork to match the shower curtain, I used the pattern on the curtain for this project. What you will need: two colors of paint, a canvas, pencil and a picture.

My photo that I will make into a painting

To start this project you will need a photo of some kind, at the size you will want your artwork to be. We are going to make this photo your painting. I took a picture of my shower curtain and enlarged it around 150% of the original size. Once you have a photo, print it off onto plain computer paper, the size you wish your painting to be. Then charcoal the back. If you do not have charcoal, you can use a pencil to shade in the back. Now use a tip of a pencil or a hard instrument, such as a tooth pick, to trace the photo onto the canvas. Since the back is charcoaled, you should leave a faint outline of the photo onto the canvas.

Applying charcoal to the back of the picture

The charcoal outline

Before I started this whole process of tracing the picture on to the canvas, I painted the background with white wall paint. But I did not paint is on with a bush, instead I used a putty knife so I could apply a thick layer of paint and get some really cool folds in the paint. This will add texture and depth to the painting. You will have to wait for the paint to dry before you start the tracing process.

The Painted Background

Now once the charcoal outline is on the canvas, you will use the second paint color to paint over the charcoal outline. Once the paint drys, you will have your own painting for your wall.

Apply paint over charcoal outline

Below are some more simple artwork that I ran across.

Hung Fabric

Hung Fabric

Painted Wood

Painted Wood

Dripped Paint

Dripped Paint

Painted Fabric

Painted Fabric

Painted Doily

Painted Doily

If you would like more ideas check out my board on Pinterest

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