(Closed) I suck at art. Help me out! Really, it’s bad

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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!

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Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Honey bee
  • 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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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 # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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…)

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Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
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Honey bee
  • 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
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Blushing bee

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 # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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].

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