A simple way to paint your own giant wall art
As well as crafting, I love to paint. Not having a formal art background has never stopped me from painting and creating. My craft buddy Wendy and I have a thing about painting our dogs, admittedly she is a bit better at it than I am, but that doesn’t stop me. By showing how Wendy painted a giant posterized portrait of her dog Lottie, I’ll show you how easy it is to create your own giant wall art.
It is a bit like the painting by numbers you may have done as a child.
To create your own artwork is easier than you think, all it takes is a bit of practice and confidence. My house is full stuff I’ve painted, not because I necessarily think it’s brilliant but because I’ve created it and it’s personal to me and my family.
After visiting art galleries and exhibitions I often come away feeling inspired. I tap into that inspiration by painting my dog Toby in the style of the artist’s exhibition I have just been to. In fact my husband’s favourite painting (chalks actually), is “the woof” instead of the scream. I painted Toby in the style of Munch after visiting the museum in Oslo.
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What you need to paint your own giant posterized portrait
Easy way paint your own giant posterized portrait
- First take a picture of your pet, either with a camera or even better on your phone using one of the many photo filtering apps. I have used the app paper camera in the past. If you have access to photoshop you can posterize your picture in that programme. Since posting this a fellow blogger at the Weathered Fox has a great tutorial for turning a pet portrait into painting by numbers, click here to see it.
- Once you are happy with your picture print it out onto an A4 transparency. So that you can project the image onto your canvas.
- Once you image is projected on to your white canvas simple trace round the image with a light pencil.
- As I said this is a bit like painting by numbers so using your original posterized picture work out your colour chart for the wall art. Giving each colour a number and then writing the number on the right place on the canvas.
- Start painting, I just start wherever I fancy and continue until finished. You may want to complete your painting over a couple of sessions.
Personally I love Wendy’s portrait of Lottie and thinks it looks fabulous in her house. Everyone who visits admires her art work especially when they realize it’s Lottie in the painting. I can’t wait to create my own paint by numbers giant wall art of Toby.
What or who would you paint ? Do have a favourite pet or how about someone special ?