Friday, March 29, 2013
Wall hanging for free
I had been toying with the idea of making it into a piece of art for my living room. I considered putting some fabric over the frame but I decided against it because I wanted to make a branch. Unfortunately, for the branch idea, the space I wanted to put it in required it to be vertical, so I decided to do a tall skinny tree with yellow leaves.
I used the same grey paint I used to paint the vase as well as the same white I used to paint the table, both of which were left over from Patrick's work. The yellow is just some acrylic from an art set I got for Christmas when I was still in High school. I mixed it to match the yellow in my leaf fabric. That made the grand total cost to me $0.
The backing to the frame is some kind of fiberboard. I just painted it with a few grey coats. I then free-handed the tree with the white paint. I considered drawing it with pencil first, but I know from some previous not so great experiences that I am actually much better at painting than drawing. I then went over the whole thing with the white again to keep the grey from showing through. I then added the yellow leaves with two coats. I finally added the white bird. I went through with some more grey at this point and made a few touch ups, notably thinning down a branch that was too fat for where it was on the tree. I think I like it.