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 program. Since posting this a fellow blogger at the Weathered Fox has a great tutorial for turning a pet portrait into a 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 ?
By the way our dogs are often around us when we craft so have made it into several of my blog posts photographs.
Toby loves to sit on my Marimekko Bench
Also recently I made the dogs some of the cutest homemade dog toys from old jeans.