I've been working on an update/redo of my bathroom and I started in the little water closet that we have off from the main bathroom. It's nice that there's a separate room for the toilet but that's all it was. . . . a tiny, toilet room. I decided that I was tired of it looking and feeling the way it did and I updated it. More on that later. This posting is about the piece of art I made for that room.
The room is long (eight feet) and narrow (40 inches). The eight foot wall looked very bare so I made this for it.
In my defense, I am not an artist. I can't draw anything that looks like anything. Here's my inspiration for this piece:
See what I mean? Nothing like it.
I started by taking two canvases. Michaels had a sale of 50% off their value packs of canvases. These are nothing special. . . very cheap 16 by something canvases I had leftover from a kiddie project.
I painted them with two colors. I used the darker on the bottom, the lighter on the top and kind of schmoozed (technical painting term) them together with my brush.
Paint in your tree trunk and branches. I didn't like my branches plain so I added all these little curly thingies at the end. This is another technical term. Curly thingies.
Don't do what I did. Continue taking your branches up and off the canvas at the top or it will look funny and bug you every time you see your painting. I stopped my branches which makes my tree look like it was lopped off at the top. I fixed it, though, with my dauber brushes. These are found in the stencil section of your craft store. I had this pack and used the two round foam brushes in it.
Do some more. . . and more! Keep going until you are happy with the result.
I used my 3M picture hanging strips to hang these. It took one per because they're so light. Here's the result!
My daughter is extremely impressed or very savvy. . . . she's angling for a few new fish for her tank and I suspect that complimenting me on my artsy efforts might be part of her schemes!
If I do it again:
Definitely, definitely take the branches up and off the canvas at the top. It bugs me every time I look at it!