Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Painting on Canvas from a T Shirt
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.