Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sea Paintings

Happy Sunday, just wanted to share some cute acrylic paintings I did on some spare canvas I had laying around.  I did the two of them in like 20 minutes and now they are in my office making me happy Smile

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So easy to make:  Start with your canvas, these are 12x12, nothing fancy.  Squirt a blob of aqua and a blob of white and swirl them around to make the background.  Acrylics dry quickly, but if you are impatient, grab your hairdryer and heat it up – don’t get too close and keep it moving!  You will be able to tell when it’s dry by a) the shiny wet look will fade away b) touch it lightly to be sure.  You have to get the background dry otherwise your main subject will get muddied with it.  I freehanded this starfish with some coral color, then used the wrong end up my paint brush to get the dots.

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For this background I painted the whole thing navy, then pressed my brush into the canvas to create this sea-fan look.  I dropped some studio Calico Mister Huey’s on it for the gold flecks.  Dried it, then painted the sand dollar in a light flesh tone, then used a slightly darker flesh tone to freehand the center, and again using the wrong end to do the dots.  I used Delta Ceramcoat, but Martha Stewart, Folk Art, Liquitex, or any other acrylic will work.

Here’s a close-up of the texture:

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Hope you enjoyed, if you’ve got some canvas laying around – don’t be afraid of it!  The worst that is going to happen with acrylic is that it dries ugly and you can paint OVER THE ENTIRE THING again!! Yeah!!

Hope you enjoyed a break from paper – do any of you out there paint too??