||[Oct. 15th, 2003|01:54 pm]
webcam here. When Matt gets home though, we're going to go to Michael's so I can stock up on some art supplies! I'm running out of paint (well, I'm down to a measly 150 tubes or something, lol, but I'm running out of specific colours!), and my brushes are in woeful condition. I'm nearly OUT of smaller canvas sizes too! I might hunt around at Michael's for some interesting new ideas for paintings - I remember when I painted this on the little piece of wood, and that was so much fun! I'm thinking about maybe getting more of those, or maybe some cute little wooden boxes or something to paint on! If I do anything too elaborate or expensive I can always stick it in eBay store I suppose. The only bad thing about stuff like that is I can't really offer prints of them, I guess.I got a lot of stuff done today, email stuff, computer stuff, boring stuff. Now I'm going to do some painting - you can see my |
Matt & I also are going to go to Office Max and stock up on shipping supplies. I am OUT of mailing tubes, which are absolutely a MUST around here! We bought a ton of them like last week, and I'm already out.
OK - gonna paint!
uhhh..a fairy box..will be so cool!!!
Yeah, those wood slabs are great fun! I have a couple around here I've been meaning to paint. Also, here's something I do, I don't know if it would be something you might like to try: I buy big sheets of that smooth fiberboard they sell at Home Depot. I think they're about 2'x2'. They cost about 1.50 a sheet, as opposed the three bucks for an 11"x14" board from the art store. I have a 20.00 hand-held jigsaw that I use to chop up the board, and I frame the finished paintings with vintage frames I paint to match the paintings. The best thing about cutting my own boards is that I'm not limited by the size of frames that are readily available. I can use all kinds of weirdo frames I find at the thrift stores!
What an awesome idea!!! I've been looking at antique frames, like those on religious icons and stuff like that. I really like ornate Victorian oval frames, but I've never figured out how to fit a piece exactly! How neat!!!
2003-10-15 12:14 pm (UTC)
Big paintings cheap...
Another trick, if you want to do big paintings (say, HUGE oil paintings) is to paint them on sheets of wood you can buy at home depot - or my latest adventure, on flex-board. It's basically a composite wood backing but the front is glossy white plastic? not sure exactly what they cover it with, but it's a perfect painting surface, and it's absolutely smooth. I think they use it for bathroom walls. Anyway, it's thin, which makes it not too heavy (good for shipping) and it wiggles and flexes so it's hard to damage, and it comes in enormous sheets like 8' by 4' and you can cut it down in quarters. It's only $10 a sheet!!! And I can get 4 48"X24" paintings out of it. Naturally paintings that big in oil sell for a lot. I can't wait to finish my first one, the first layer of oil paint is almost dry.
And to hang it, you can either drill tiny holes in the 4 corners and use nails, or you can hang it the same way that people hang mirrors in the bathroom, with those little peg holders so you wont damage the painting.
The only thing I've yet to figure out is how to ship a monster like that =)
I love that painting you did on the round piece of wood with the bark! Lisa Petrucci does all her paintings on those things and I love them! I also like how Renee sometimes does hers on slabs of wood and paints the sides of the wood to match! She also puts a little hook on the back for hanging so when it comes, all you have to do is hang it up! I have two done like that and I love them, it's kind of like they are 3Dish! :)
Yep! That's what I do - I put the little saw-tooth thingies in there, so all one needs to do is stick it on the wall! Much easier than framing, hehe!
YAY!! I love the Faery Woods:) Some of my faves! I started making little faery wish boxes about a year ago that are a fun idea. Yep, the little boxes come right from Michaels. Very inexpensive. Mine are pretty frou-frou and crafty. I use mini-prints for them since I haven't mastered painting that tiny! They're just fun to keep in the eBay store.
I actually buy these here
for the most part. Although, sometimes I lose track of my stock and have to run to Michaels art supply store to grab some when I'm running low!
I've actually been thinking about buying canvas in rolls - it's probably more economical that way, and I could cut to size!
The online price is much better than I thought! It is cheaper in rolls though! The only problem is you have to cut straight! Tee hee!