DIY

Sponge Bird Square Canvas

 2-IMG_6348Sponges are so multifunctional. Cleaning is the first thing you think of but there’s also art, decorating and so many more uses for them. We used sea sponges to paint the background of our love bird paintings. R-Dolly’s turned out amazing. I hated mine with a passion and spent a full week trying to figure out what I did wrong. My dislike was so strong that I couldn’t even start to process what was wrong with it. R-Dolly saved the day. She had me change the center colour and blend the colours better. Sponges are so multifunctional. Cleaning is just the first thing you think of but there’s also art, decorating and so many more uses for them. We used sea sponges to paint the background of our love bird paintings. R-Dolly’s turned out amazing. I hated mine with a passion and spent a full week trying to figure out what I did wrong. My dislike was so strong that I couldn’t even start to process what was wrong with it. R-Dolly saved the day. She had me change the center colour and blend the outside colours more gradually. Now, I really do love it. Almost as much as I love hers.

“Thanks, Tips!” – Make sure you mix enough of the original colour and set some aside for touch-ups or to bring a little of that colour into your painting at the end. You can use a plastic container with a tight fitting lid and take a damp piece of paper towel as lay it on the bottom. Cover the paper towel with a piece of parchment paper, place some of the original colour on it and put the lid on the container. This will keep your paint from drying out.

  • Start by painting a coat of gesso on your canvas. “Applying Gesso is an important step in preparing your canvas for painting. You can buy gesso from any art supply shop. Gesso is very similar to white acrylic paint, only thinner. It dries hard, making the surface more stiff. Gesso primes the surface for painting, making the surface slightly textured and ready to accept acrylic paint. Without gesso, the paint would soak into the weave of the canvas.”1-IMG_6328-001
  • Mix your outside or original colour and set some aside for any touch-ups. We used acrylic red, blue, yellow, black and white and mixed our own colours.
  • Paint the outside edges and a small, uneven outside border on the front of the canvas.1-IMG_6332
  • Add a small amount of white, sponge the paint inward a little bit at a time and repeat until you get close to the area that you want to paint the tree.
  • Once you get close to the area, you’ll have an idea of what shade of white/cream that you want the center to be. We originally thought we would get to white but we both ended up choosing colours that better complimented our paintings.
  • Sponge or use a brush to cover the middle area. Make it into an odd, uneven area.
  • Then continue to blend your colours down over the edges that you just painted.
  • Make some contrasting and complimentary colours and blend into the paint around the center.
  • Paint in your tree branches, leaves and birds.

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~C. Dolly~

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