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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Painting on Canvas from a T Shirt

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I was commissioned recently to do a painting for a college student.  She found a t shirt that she liked from Old Navy and wanted it reproduced on canvas...

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I picked up a 16"x 16" canvas from Hobby Lobby, lightly penciled the design, and then painted it with acrylic craft paints.  I love using these paints for projects because often you don't have to mix your own colors.  I had a pink that was relatively close for the cheeks, and only had to mix a little bit of a different pink plus white to get the color exact.  I painted the canvas background a light gray and let it dry before I penciled the design.

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Usually, you don't ever want to paint black straight out of the bottle.  It is just too stark.  So, I mixed the black with a little bit of white to make it more charcoal than black.  I use paper plates as pallets, and I  cover them with plastic when I have to take a break!  It is best to coat the paper plate with a thin layer of paint and let it dry before using it as a pallet.  Otherwise, the paint soaks into the plate.

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Once the face was done, I started on the hair and pearls.  Who would have thought to reproduce an image from a t shirt onto canvas?  With her permission, I did modify it some.  It was a fun project.

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I have good news!  My DIY Halloween Headstones were recently featured on TLC's network!  To view the link and see more of their Halloween craft ideas, click here.

2 comments:

  1. Oh my, this is great! I love it, Robyn!
    Wonderful job

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