Saturday, September 11, 2010

Custom Canvas For A New Arrival And A Finished Painting

Where did August go?  I have been busy with school and the boys' sport schedules that I realized that we are almost half way through September.  Today, I will share two projects I worked on this lovely Saturday.  The first is a custom canvas for a baby shower gift.  I thought it turned our really cute and will match their bedding.  I you know I am partial to blue!

I also finished a painting I started two months ago.  I finally got the inspiration I need to finish it.  Whatcha think?

I started with an old canvas that I had painted a pineapple on last year.  I used joint compound to cover the canvas to give it texture.  I usually use heavy molding paste that you can buy at your local arts and craft store, but I didn't have any in the supply closet.  Therefore, I used what I had available.  If you do use joint compound, I would recommend sealing it before you start painting or your paint will get muddy.  I just use clear poly spray.

You will notice a line going across the canvas.  I used a paintbrush to paint on the joint compound.

This is what it looked like after the first few coats of paint.

I was not happy with it so I decided to add a brown glaze to make the texture stand out even more.  After it dried, I then sprayed a gloss poly again to seal it.  This is what it looks like now.

So there you have it!  I am off to eat my red beans and rice and watch some college football!  Have a great weekend!!!

Our Southern Nest


lauren @ gathering moss said...

i am obsessed with this painting. it's like you got into my brain, saw what i'd been wanting for over the buffet in my dining room, and made it happen. love the texture and the colors! i am totally inspired to actually try my hand at painting again (it's been 5+ years since i've actually put paintbrush to canvas, far too long). thank you!!!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Love this! I've been painting these "abstract horizon" paintings all summer and I still can't get enough. I've also reused canvases just like this! That final coat of glaze really kicked yours up another level. It's very calming and evocative. Keep on painting! said...

I love that painting. You do nice work. I will have to try this sometime. I am a new follower.