Post # 1
So i went all HGTV on some canvases and wanted to make something like this (first photo). I even watched a tutorial on HGTV and was pumped. David Bromstad lied to me! See what I made? Wow it sucks. My husband LAUGHED when he saw it. Yep looks like a kid did it. i want to put something up in our bedroom but this is not quite it =(
So uh, how do you salvage it? I was thinking I could put a white design or something going across the 3 to break up the paint.
K help me PLEASE? I’m embarassed of it but I also spent like $60 on supplies and don’t want to waste money =(
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Post # 3
Honestly, those are not bad! And I’m not just being nice 🙂 I was expecting MUCH worse when I read your title, post and saw the first pic.
What I would recommend is to spread (wrong word?) the color all over the canvas – so there are no white spots. I think the one on the right is the “best” one – most like the top pic. I think if you add in more red “streaks” to the one on the right, it would look more like the top pic.
In the top pic, the color looks darker on the bottom of the canvas and bleeds lighter towards the top. Could you add more red streaks into the canvas as a whole, and then mix a little darker red shade and add in lightly (you could mix some water in, so it’s not straight paint, but almost like a wash), to the bottom?
Post # 4
So I am addicted to HGTV and love David.
Did you paint the canvas in one color first? He usually does that and than lets the other color drip down with the spray bottle of water and his paint brush.
Since I see white peeking out, maybe try repainting the canvas in one color (like the blue in his)..than let it dry. Than use the red paint or second color…use the drip method that he does..let it dry than use the third color on top of that..blending it in to the red that was used before
I think you will get more of the above look rather than the streaks…it looked like on the blue and green you used this ” his method” except the blue wasn’t painted over the entire canvas…but it looks the closest to the original picture..
But, this is just what I have observed him doing and I have no idea if I could actually succeed in his art. Mine would probably look worse than yours 😉
Post # 5
Of course your husband laughed… men don’t understand abstract art!
The first thing I would do is try to touch up the canvases so the paint extends all the way to the edges. Then I’d go on the computer and print out three really big pictures of something that would look nice as a black sillouette (like three different birds or vases or flowers), cut around those images and trace that onto some black/brown paper and cut out the sillouettes. Then paste the sillouettes onto your three canvases, frame them with the cheapest frame you can find, and hang them up side by side.
I hope that explanation made sense! And good luck with your project!
Post # 6
I think they look really really good! I agree that the whole canvas should be covered with the paint, but other than that, GOOD JOB!!
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I agree–get rid of the white spots. If you ever attempt this again, I’d start by “priming” the canvas a solid color other than white, too. 🙂
Post # 8
Just fill the white spots with another color paint and then but a few more streaks of that color in the design. It will be just fine!
Post # 9
Looks like i have to go back and fix it, haha. Yeah, painting it one solid color first probaly would’ve been wise. I was just mixing paints with water (they glomp up pretty good) and pouring over the top and brushing a little, but I’ll go back with a brush
@jenbrandner, I was definitely thinking a stencil to cover up some of it! I just don’t really know what I could put on there that would look good, except maybe a mimic of the pattern on the curtains
Any other ideas? you guys are making me feel better. Once he laughed and said it sucked, on top of knowing it didn’t look like the inspiration pic I wanted it to, I’m just frustrated with it!
Post # 10
I really think putting the paint on than using the water would reduce the streakiness of the paint because it is getting water down when you mix it. It will make it look thicker than lighter as it runs down.
Could you spell out something like LOVE? Or the silhouette of peoples face looking at one another? Flowers or cherry blossoms? Maybe a persion cat silhouette (I couldn’t resist b/c my babies are two kitties too…)
Post # 11
i have a very similar painting above our bed! I painted it quite a few years ago, but I think I remember painting it similar to what you had the first time I tried. Then I went back and painted the whole canvas blue and then started working in the yellows as the blue was drying to give a greenish-brown color. I love it because it really pops in our beige bedroom. It’s not perfect, but I don’t care, since my fiance and I are the only ones who see it.
Post # 12
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
I really think that extending the color all the way to the edge will make a HUGE difference. I don’t think they look bad at all, and I think that if you painted it all one color first like the PPs suggested, it will look great!
Post # 13
I was also expecting way worse, go you for trying something new!
I’m not sure if you were planning to frame it (or if you can even frame a canvas?) but the edges of the frame could cover some of the white spots. Maybe you could even paint a ‘frame’ on? Solid dark brown to match your furniture? Good luck!
Post # 14
I definitely have some good ideas! (lol @ the persians. I don’t think Darling Husband wants images of my cats up on the wall! i have a himalayan+exotic =] )
Maybe just brushing over it with more paint will help. I really don’t know what would look good as a dark silhouette over it (or white, since white goes with the rest of the room)
I could just do “love” in different languages. I think that’d be cute but I know Dh would say “stupid”. Oye.
We do have this curtain in there: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&navAction=jump&id=17759226&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS&color=050′ defer=’defer But it’s sort of intricate
Post # 15
With your bedroom, I’d actually pick sillouettes of three black vases similar to the ones sitting on your dresser, and maybe have the sillouettes be brown instead of black. Don’t try anything that would be too hard to cut out. And make sure you apply adhesive all the way to the edges so it doesn’t curl up after a while.
Post # 16
What kind of paint did you use?
What weight of canvas is it?
Did you do a base wash before going at it?
What kind of brush did you use? Size? Hair type/synthetic? all these things can effect the outcome
My mother is an artist, and that’s basically what I do in my spare time [family & other obligations aside].