Sunday, 2 February 2014

How to make a feature piece of artwork

 
A few years ago a friend donated a plain large piece of canvas. Here is how I transformed it into a piece of art. Here is the finished piece. There are 9 areas of the canvas. The first thing you need to do is use a pencil and ruler. Draw lines to divide the canvas into smaller areas. Then you can use some of the following techniques.

 
Circles:
First you need a drinking glass or anything round. Wrap the glass in glad wrap, so it doesn’t get dirty. Then use glue or filler to trace the outside of the glass. I used filler, as you can pipe it where you want. Then remove the glass and make another circle inside the first one. Allow to dry overnight. ~~Just make sure that you can paint what you use. Not all glues or fillers will allow paint to stick to them ~~
Then you can paint it one colour (like the silver above) or paint it two for any aged look (above). I painted it black and let it dry. Then paint the second layer of creamy white paint the next day. Once it has dried you just dip a cotton wool bud or rag into methylated spirits and wipe away the white paint where you don’t want it. I did around the rims of the circles.
Broken lines:
  • In the next square you can make what looks like broken lines.
  • First cover the whole square in glue or filler. Make sure you can paint it.
  • Then use a fork to make horizontal lines across the area. Try to keep an even gap between them.
  • Once you have done that, use the handle of the fork to make a few vertical lines. My lines were not perfectly up and down. Allow to dry overnight.
  • Then choose a colour for your background and paint it. (I use dark grey)
  • Once this is dry, very lightly apply white paint over the tops of the lines.
S shape loop pattern
Simply make an s shape pattern over the length of the next area with the glue. Allow time for it to dry. I painted this area, gold, white and black.
 
Rough vertical lines
In the next square you can make what looks like rough lines. Then I used my finger to make the lines have a rough look – not too perfect. Allow to fry overnight. Then choose a colour for your background and paint it. (I use dark grey) Once this is dry, very lightly apply white paint over the tops of the lines.

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