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« on: June 20, 2008 07:27:26 PM »



I wanted something for my walls, and I loved paintings I saw online of trees with birds.  well, the birds were a little above my ability, so I made a heart instead.

painted with acrylics, whatever I had on hand from previous crafty projects, using an empty mechanical pencil and folded/rolled up paper towels (I didn't have any paint brushes and I was impatient to start  Cheesy).  I started by drawing the tree on freezer paper and ironing it on the canvas (after painting it gray) but I ended up getting lots of leaks under the freezer paper.  I edged all of the outlines of the tree by hand and it turned out fairly well.

not perfect at all, but hey, it's my first attempt at painting.  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2008 07:56:33 PM »

very nice! I know how hard it can be when you use freezer paper on canvas..
I usually stick a box or something underneath to fill up the space where the void is between the canvas and the wooden frame. You could have also tried stenciling on a bird if you were already working with the freezer paper!
I like the heart though. It just looks... sweet. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2008 08:02:07 PM »

I had planned on stenciling the bird on after I finished the tree, but I was so fed up with the freezer paper that I decided not to bother with it.  Cheesy

good tip about the box!  I put a book under it and that seemed to help, but I think part of it was that the canvas has a bit of texture to it - the paint was able to just slip between the bumps.
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2008 08:09:26 PM »

i'm so impressed with how straight your lines are, especially given how you did it! (paper towel and a mechanical pencil? dude, i can't even get straight lines with regular paintbrush!)

it looks awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2008 09:00:42 PM »

I love your tree. It came out beautifully.
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2008 10:16:26 AM »

simple and beautiful Smiley i want to do something like this for my boyfriend i think
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2008 11:20:17 AM »

Very pretty. I would LOVE to have something like this hanging on one of my bedroom walls. :3 It's simple, but still very beautiful.
What are you talking about? I think it looks perfect. There's lots of character in it.
The heart is a wonderful touch.
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