It might surprise you to know, that you don't have to know how to freehand to create art. I always wondered how the "real" artists do large scale murals,and I learned that they sometimes trace the items onto a surface so they don't have to worry about scale. This cuts down on the time, especially when working on a tedious project. Another trick they use, is to create the artwork on canvas, and then install the pieces like wallpaper. This particular project is a cross between the two. These are canvas panels, that are being used in a den above a couch as artwork.
First I went to Jerry's Artarama to purchase the canvas. They have a variety of shapes and sizes, so I like to shop there!
I base coated the canvases with Annie Sloan's chalk paint, Old Ochre. I then troweled on some joint compound for texture.
The next steps were just a series of layering different paints with a trowel. The colors used here are Annie Sloan's Emperor's Silk, and Primer Red.
I let the layers dry in between coats. I took a stencil and used Old Ochre to apply the pattern. I then used the Annie Sloan soft wax in dark for sealer and to add depth. After that, I added some Iridescent Gold and Antique Bronze from Modern Masters to highlight and low light the scroll work.
I am very happy with the results. These are going to look GREAT above the couch I designed them for.
Create some art of your own today! It is super fun!
Have a wonderful "hump" day!