My absolutely favoritest sister requested a mermaid for her painting. She’s convinced mermaids exist, so let’s not talk about it too much lest we disillusion her. It was really fun playing with all the colors and I kind of want blue hair now, not gonna lie. Only one more left!
10×10 Acrylic on Canvas (again)
I will be the first to admit that I have almost no experience in doing landscapes. My friend Chris requested Mt. Hood with a Japanese style sun in the background, however, and I attempted to tackle a landscape despite my reservations. I was totally behind the idea and love how it incorporates Chris’s love for his homeplace (Portland) and where he wants to end up (Japan).
I finished just in time to hand it to him at his going away party. Landscapes have definitely not taken away my love of portraits, but it was good practice, and, most importantly, Chris liked it. It makes me happy to know it’s small enough that when my friend travels the world, he’ll be able to take a piece of home with him. I hope that he’ll hang it up when he gets a place in Japan (which I know he will), and thinks of me.
Chris, when the time is right, I know you will conquer the world and find your place in it.
I decided I was going to be crazy and do paintings for my bridal party. So what if they won’t be getting them until months after the wedding? I still have a couple deadlines though, because my friends refuse to stay in one place. My bridesman Chris is moving to Japan in about two weeks, and Jamie is leaving in about two months. This painting is for Jamie. Hers was probably the easiest concept because I already knew I wanted to do something Batman related for her. I should have done Chris’s first, since he’s going to be gone sooner, but I have no idea what to do for him yet.
10×10 acrylic on canvas
I have some silly placed pride on the way the edges turned out.
And just because I’m sharing some artwork, here’s something from my sketchbook that I liked. Done with marker, pen, and pencil.
I was really liking one of the pictures I was working off of for the sketches I posted a couple of days ago. I thought it deserved to be a painting! I’m still working on it but I wanted to share it just in case I end up ruining it by trying to do too much.
I did it a little bit differently than what I normally do, and I really like the immediacy of doing it this way. I actually just did a pen sketch right on the canvas, and then went over some of the shadows and whites with acrylic. The colors are also acrylic.
Alright, finally I have a finished painting to show you. This is the picture I was working off of.
I wish I had taken a picture of the finished product in natural lighting, but I barely finished in time for Mother’s Day. I finally declared it done at a little past 11 last night, which may not seem that late, but when you get up at 4 for work you start getting a little bit loopy.
I’m pretty excited because the co-worker that asked for me to do this picture for her also asked me to do some pictures of her kids as well. Not only that, but another co-worker asked me to do a painting for her as well. I am honestly just so happy that she liked it, and it’ll be pretty exciting to get just a little bit of spending cash!
Water color on water color paper. Super excited about finishing it, and I’m happy I decided to do it in water color since it’s not usually my medium of choice (Acrylics for the win!!!!)
Considering all the work I put into this, it’s not really that dramatic of a change. But I’m still happy with the results, and even just respacing the shelves and all the crap on them gave me some space to move some stuff that previously didn’t have a home onto the shelf. Better organization is awesome!
This project actually ended up having a couple of small projects in it that I tacked on, so it ended up taking a lot longer than I thought it would. If you look carefully at the before and after photo you’ll notice that I added a mirror and painted the book end, so I’ll include photos of that as well.
- Paint brushes
- Masking tape (because I ran out of painter’s tape)
- Pliers (you may not need these depending on your bookshelf)
Step 1: Nekkify!!! (your bookshelf, not yourself!) Take off all of your crap, remove your shelves, and those little metal peg thingers. In case you’re wondering, my bookshelf is the Billy bookshelf from Ikea. I may or may not refer to it as Billy in daily life. If you don’t talk to your furniture, you may disregard that comment. Wipe down the back to get rid of any dust (and cat hair since your cat has been exploring this new monstrosity on the floor) to make sure the paint will go on nicely.
You can tell I have a hard time finishing projects. Notice the two unfinished paintings in the background. The big one has been there at least 2 years in that same exact state. (I’ll finish them someday!)
This is where your pliers might come in handy to remove the shelving pegs.
Step 2: Tape up that suckah! Make sure it’s right against the bottom without any bubbles.
Step 3: I can’t tell you how excited I was for this part. PAINT! I couldn’t wait to open my can of paint (which I got free from Ace Hardware!) to see how the color turned out.
Lex was excited to see the color too!
Pretty! But it needed to be stirred, something that I hadn’t thought of ahead of time. I opened the paint to see it all oily on top and almost smacked myself in the forehead. Whenever people use cans of paint they always have stir sticks! It’s okay, don’t panic. You’re creative. How about a chop stick? Perfect!
Neither you or your cat are going to be pleased if he jumps in the wet paint… so keep an eye on him. (You’re welcome for the pro tip).
So guilty! Caught blue bellied. Luckily I was able to grab him before he started running around all over the floor with his blue paws. He was so NOT happy with me when I scrubbed his paws.
Step 4: Wait for the paint to dry. It might take a while, so keep your paintbrush damp by wrapping a wet paper towel around it and placing it in a plastic bag.
Go do that laundry that you’ve been trying to avoid doing while you wait. Or not…
Once the paint is dry, throw on a second coat. My first coat of paint took about 3 hours to dry. I waited overnight after the second coat, just to be on the safe side. Second coats always take longer.
Step 5: Denekkify. Throw everything back on the shelf! But do it with more consideration this time. Now that you know exactly what you’re going to have on your bookshelf, you can base where you put your shelves on the height of the books and crap that you’ve got.
It’s a little more interesting now. But still not quite special enough.
Step 6: Add points of interest. I’ve been wanting to hang things on the shelves to hang over in front of it, I’ve always thought it’s looked pretty neat when I’ve seen other people do it. I immediately thought back on a mirror that I saw at the dollar store that I didn’t have a reason to buy at the time. Luckily, they still had it when I dropped back in.
It was this awesome tacky plastic mirror with a gold finish. It was perfect! It had these awesome inlays just like you always see people age and distress on those home decorating shows you watch all of the time. I couldn’t just leave it as is though, that’s not very DIY. I really wanted it to stand out so I decided to paint it red. First, tape up the mirror around the inside and maybe a piece of paper depending on how crazy of a painter you are. Paint a dark base coat. I just added a bunch of black to my red paint to use. With the base coat, paint everything and make sure you get into all of the crevices. Once that drys, put on the your lighter color, in this case, red. Paint the top coat on lightly just on the highest parts, you want the mirror to have a nice sense of depth, so leave all the crevices that darker shade.
I applied mounting pads to the back of the mirror to stick it to the bookshelf with (also picked up from the dollar store). I managed to unintentionally match the mirror to the basket I use to store my yarn into, which was a neat surprise.
The last touch I made on the bookshelf is I wanted to make sure the bookend that I had really popped out. I’ve had it forever, my mom gave it to me when I was younger. As it was the wood was a little bit too dark and it just ended up blending in. I decided to paint it a lighter color.
For now, it’s all done. I would like to eventually tack on some more things in the front though…
This is where I’m planning on getting the paint for my bookshelf. I love free stuff 😀
Hopefully they’ll still have some paint left by the time I get there after work, and it’s only on Saturday. All you have to do is go to their Facebook page, like it, and then print your coupon! The coupon is good for a free quart of Clark+Kensington paint. Must be promoting the brand or something. Whatever, I’ll take free!