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July 21, 2011

How I Paint: An Inevitable Rough Copy

Beatrice, of the lovely Crafty Bee, asked me if I have a tutorial for the painting I made for the main bath (click here for the original post):

Although I have been able to whip up tutorials for some paintings I have made, like The Sigh Painting and The Circles Painting, with other paintings I find it impossible to chronicle what I did because it happened accidentally.  I swooshed paint around and something interesting came of it.  But, not one to disappoint a blog friend, I'm going to try harder to document the process of painting.  But while I wait for the perfect tutorial to create itself, I thought I'd share a few glimpses into my process.

I almost aways need to create a rough copy.  I don't intend to do this, but it seems to take awhile for the creative juice to flow and for my hands to reacquaint themselves with a brush.  Take, for example, the original (unseen!) painting I made for the bathroom:

I liked parts of it so I attempted a second painting, aiming to create something only slightly different.  What I ended up with was more different than intended, but I liked the end result (which is rare for me). 

So my first tip is this: Don't try to make something for a space.  Allow yourself the luxury of "trial runs".  Play with the paint - experiment.  If you are finding canvases too expensive to play around with, use heavy artist's paper, or even cardboard, for experimentation.   



  1. That is so pretty. Good advice on experimenting.

  2. This is great. I've been thinking about doing my own painting as well so these were some great tips!

  3. What I love the most about this is how effortless you make it look. A true sign of an artist! and the marble and the pretty towel racks..and.. =) loved the original post, fun to see it again.

  4. Thanks so much Tanya. Just bought some canvases yesterday and will be trying to create something. I promise to share the good, the bad and hopefully, not the ugly soon.

  5. Can't wait to see your creation! And check back, because I will be sharing more ideas, plus a full-fledge tutorial, soon.


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