Sunday, June 26, 2011


Above our bed is my favorite painting, Starry Night, by Vincent VanGogh. I love the colors, the lines, the movement. All of it. I wanted to use this painting as inspiration for a more modern piece on another wall.

If you meet any of the following criteria, then you should hop on over to your local Michaels so that you, too, can create this easy-peasy modern art piece:
1. You only have a few hours in the day to paint.
2. You have small children that would like to make their own as well.
3. You have a general color scheme in mind but don't know what to do with it, art-wise.
4. You like surprises... and you'll see what I mean.

Using the color scheme of Starry Night, I turned this white canvas into this craziness. So, how can you do it?

1. Tape off the lines that you want to remain white. Whatever is under the tape will be white in the end. Tape then paint the edges of the tape with the current canvas color, then paint the exposed canvas with your first color. Don't worry about streaks. Most of it will be painted over anyways.

2. Let your first color dry. Tape lines that you want to remain that color. With mine, for example, whatever is under the blue tape will remain dark green. Then, paint the edges of the new tape with whatever color is currently on the canvas (not shown)

3. Paint the exposed canvas with your third color. Let dry. Tape lines which you want to remain that third color. Paint the edges of this new tape with your third color paint.

4. Paint the exposed canvas with your fourth color. Let dry. Tape wherever you want that color to remain in the end. Paint the edges of this new tape with the fourth color paint.

5. Paint your last color choice wherever there is exposed canvas. Let dry. Anyone else think it looks like a sad cheetah at this point?

Now is the really fun part. It's like being a kid again on Christmas morning. You get to peel back the paint and see what you created!

And finally... Boom. Hello crisp white.

Have fun taping and painting! If you create your own, I'd love to see it!

1 comment:

  1. I've thought about doing something similar but just haven't ever gotten around to, I think I will. Thanks for the reminder to try new things!