This week we’re going left of center. “Why, Sarah,” you may be saying, “that seems like such a departure from your usual work of fields of flowers and bowls of fruit!” Yes, I know. I also know that you may need to be calling your psychiatrist if you think that’s my usual work.
No no, we’re going off the canvas. For this challenge, I want you to use something ELSE as your canvas. If you have been wanting to reproduce The Scream on your kitchen cabinets, now is the time to do it!!
OH GOD we’re out of Craisins!
This week I painted on a book. I recently made it my mission to use all of the books I have laying around here (seriously there are hundreds), so I figured out an easy way to turn one into a canvas. I am even going to give you a helpful tutorial! WHee!!
With out further yammering, here’s the painting I made this week:
I am also participating in the Summer of Color, and this week’s prompt was to use turquoise, yellow, and a splash of pink. So double duty! Actually triple duty, since I’m also using this for a SUPER SECRET project, but more on that later. *dramatic gasp* Here’s the color swatch for Summer of Color if you’re down with the OPP.. er… SOC.
This week’s video for your viewing enjoyment:
And here’s what it looks like hanging on the wall!
Nice, right? Want to make one? Follow meeeeeeee!
Okay I didn’t really go anywhere.. stop stepping on my ankles already. 😉
Something heavy enough to hold the book open and flat (alternatively you can use masking tape)
Matte Gel Medium
scrap of wood large enough to go across the spines and at least 2 inches
1-inch drywall screws
My weighty things are road junk. Rusty pieces of god-knows-what that we found while we were out walking the dog – they’re nice and heavy! If you don’t have anything heavy and small, you can use masking tape and wrap it around the book vertically about 1.5 inches from the spine on both sides – I’ve done it like that and it works completely fine (you do have to add more glue after you take the tape off, though. DON’T FORGET IT!!). If you do have road junk or old irons or something, find what looks like the middle of the book and slap those babies down to hold it open and flat!
Once you have it all arranged to your satisfaction, get to gluin’! Start with white glue and apply a thick, globby layer to all of the edges of your pages, paying special attention to the spots where the pages meet the covers:
Once that is dry, apply an even thicker, globbier layer of gel medium, again paying special attention to where the pages and book meet.
When that is dry, make sure that your pages are all one block and that it is firmly attached to the cover. If not, you can run a bead of glue all around the edge. If you used tape, make sure you glue the spots that were covered by the tape once you remove it! My pages were attached without having to apply more glue, just FYI.
At this point, the book will be pretty floppy, so you want to firm it up with wood on the back:
Normally I use a piece about 2 x 8 inches and place one on the top and the bottom. This time, since I used a big square piece, I only used one and screwed it down with four screws. This keeps the book rigid, keeps the pages attached, and gives you a place to add hanging hardware! Triple duty!
Once that’s done, you’re finished! as you can see, the book is nice and flat. It’s very secure and hangs fabulously.
If you have gaps in your pages like I did, just fill them in with gel medium. Easy-peasy.
OKAY kids I want to see what you’re up to! Link it up!
Usually, Thursday is the day when Sarah pops in with a hilarious greeting, like . . .
Hello, my little Brussels sprouts roasted with garlic!
This is not Sarah, however, but Ann, subbing for Sarah so that Sarah can concentrate on the 9871023894718923473928 things she has to do this week. OMG I AM THE SPECIAL GUEST BRUSSELS SPROUT! I will sign autographs later with my crispiest leaves.
This week’s challenge is to take your favorite cartoon or comic book character(s) and paint it (or them) in your own style. Make it yours, baby! It’s really fun!
I have this master list of challenges for this project, and this particular challenge was one of the very first (number 3, to be exact!) I added and probably the first one I actually thought of. It is a pretty cool effect!
It did give a BUNCH of visual interest to a canvas that was pretty but boring (in my opinion… The Manflesh seemed to dig it, so there you go) and was totally worth the extra Nerdist podcast I listened to while sewing on beads (Jon Hamm was the guest. I still don’t have any mental picture of him. I need to watch Mad Men, apparently.).
Here, have some detail shots!
So there you go! A little more complicated than last week. A LOT more frustrating. There were a lot of mistakes in this one – I hope it’s fun to watch. I always like to watch people make mistakes. hahahah
I think I am in post-vacation recovery mode or in a slump or something – I think it is more likely just exhaustion. I have had a ROUGH time making this week’s canvas work. The challenge this week is to use modeling paste, basically to paint on a texture. It is a cool effect when it’s finished, but it was sort of painful getting to the completion point!
I started with modeling paste scraped through a stencil, which I then painted with eye-searingly bright Silks glazes:
It was pretty beautiful at this point, actually. I kind of loved it even though I was forced to sing Grateful Dead songs at the top of my lungs. I came back and spent the entire morning painting just utter and complete crap on top of it. Anatomy was off (and not my usual intentionally off, just gross), colors were ugly, it was just yuck. I sneered at it and scribbled over the face with black ink, because I’m super mature like that. I ended up painting the whole thing black and then turning it into this:
and now I’m happy. Of course there are iridescents and florescents and texture, so everything is pretty hard to photograph, but it works! And that’s all I need.
Pretty pretty girls (with no nipples for some reason)…
tons of tiny white dots..
and a tiny bit of text.
I have to go early to the kidlets’ school so that I can have Mother’s Day breakfast with kindergarteners, so I will have to post the video tomorrow. I still need to edit! Argh!
Sometimes you do what you can do, and that’s all you can do! Yabba dabba do!
Good morrow lads and lasses! Welcome to the 14th installment of the 50 canvases challenge! I hope your week has been good to you so far.
This week the challenge is to use watercolors. Watercolors are super intimidating for a lot of people, I know. They have weird habits. Not weird like clipping their toenails into the cupcake tins or anything, but weird all the same. Since this is a watercolor challenge, obviously you’ll want to ditch the canvas and use paper (you could use canvas if you prime it with absorbent ground first).
Here is my painting:
So much splatter and fun detail!
Little signs of positivity.
One of my favorite authors.
Rainbowed wonky eyes.
Here’s this week’s video for your viewing pleasure!
I love making these drippy watercolor paintings, so I hope you’ll mess around with one! Link ’em if you got ’em!
Welcome to lucky number 13! This is my favorite of the paintings I’ve done so far. Quite possibly my favorite painting ever! Whee!!
This week the challenge is to use an established color palette – i.e., choose what colors you’re going to use at the beginning and ONLY use those colors. White and black are gimmes. You can go to Colour Lovers or Design-Seeds for a wealth of color palettes or make your own! Mine came from a palette challenge at Effy Wild’s Ning site, this one:
You may have to mix to get the colors right – I did!
a face only a mother could love
this is the song that happened to be playing when I was trying to figure out what to do with his shirt.
Love, Save the Empty by Erin McCarley
Here’s this week’s video:
I am super excited about this one, so I hope you’ll all go pick a palette and get to painting!