This Week: PAINT-BY-NUMBERS
We spent Labor day at The Alisal for a family reunion vacation – thank you Sonja and Bill. The vintage décor brought me back to childhood summers on vinyl webbed patio furniture. So this week, a paint-by-numbers landscape inspired by the ranch.
Or, get the artwork in the "artwork downloads" column to the right. Print it out on 4" x 6" photo paper, and make sure the print size is 100%. You might need to save the file and print using a photo application.
This art is only for your personal use, and may not be reproduced. And please, if you use my artwork, send me a picture of what you made, so I can pin it to my pinterest board.
Remember, this is the Tiny Paintings Project. So if you don’t like to paint in miniature, I suggest you print this out bigger than the usual 4” x 6”
FIG. 1 Supplies: acrylic paint*, tacky glue, miter box and saw, printout, chipboard, #2 paint brush with a very pointy tip, pencil, scissors, mat knife, ruler, water cup, paper plate, paper towel, straight sticks aprox. ½” diameter, medium coarse sandpaper, and ribbon for hanging.
*I encourage you to use paint that you might already have, and to make up your own colors. New paint can get expensive. Add a little white to each color to create a vintage look.
FIG. 2 Mix one color at a time, so they don’t dry out. They should be the consistency of heavy cream. Here's how I got the colors I used:
#1 Manganese blue + white
#2 Permanent violet dark + Manganese blue + white
#3 Raw umber, yellow ochre, manganese blue + white
#4 White + yellow ochre
#5 Yellow ochre + white
#6 Jenkins green + white+ yellow ochre + hansa yellow
#7 Jenkins green + white
#8 Raw umber + white
FIG. 3 Colors 1 – 4 painted in. Tiny painting tips: Don’t dip your brush so deeply that you get paint up on the silver ferrule, it spreads out the bristles. Frequently rinse out the brush and dry it on a paper towel, even if you aren’t changing colors, so the paint doesn’t get gummy and dull the point.
FIG. 4 Finished painting.
FIG. 5 Miter two angles and dry-fit the sticks. (The painting is not glued down)
FIG. 6 Using one angle as a guide, draw a line where you want to make your next cut. FIG. 7 When you have mitered the ends of one long and one short stick, make duplicates.
FIG. 8 Dry-fit the frame and draw a line around it on the chipboard. Cut out the board.
FIG. 9 Sand the back of each stick so they lay flat.
FIG. 10 Glue it all together
FIG. 11 Glue the art in the center.
FIG. 12 Glue the ribbon on the back.
FIG. 13 Hang it in your fort, tent, or cabin.