Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Finishing up the Spots and Stripes - Tutorial Part 2

If you want to see the first part of the tutorial, go here!
OK, now that you've had a nice break, and your back has been rejuvenated, it's time to get back to work fun!
Your whole canvas should be covered in your stencil picture/shapes by now....but LIGHTLY!! (I can't stress this enough. If there's one thing I'm taking away from this it's that I need to barely, hardly, almost not at all, touch my pencil down.)
Now it's time to fill in the picture with COLOR!!
See the paint all over my fingers? It's all over my pants too! Also note the baby food jar - perfect for mixing up a small batch of a custom color!!

Kids can definitely help with this step too!
As you fill in the picture, rotate the canvas every once in a while. And don't forget about the middle of it! The middle needs color too! :-)
Don't worry about painting on top of the tape. That's what it's there for.
You will need to layer the paint in at least two coats. Just make sure to let the first coat dry before starting on the second. 
Once you are done with all the coats on the main part of the canvas clean up the smudges around the edges. If you're like us, it will be slightly messy!
Pretty purple....smudge. :-P

No more smudge!
 After all of the paint colors are on where you want them carefully pull off the tape. I HIGHLY suggest that after you get the edge of the tape off the canvas that you pull it backwards almost flat while pulling it off. This seems to almost cut through the paint that overlaps onto the tape to make a clean edge.
As you remove the tape the painting will be revealed...a glimpse of what it will look like finished!
See how the tape is nearly pulled flat backwards? You should definitely do that!
Touch up any areas that need it because of paint smudges, or the tape pulling up the paint, or pencil marks being left behind....(ugh.)
Let the paint fully dry. This shouldn't take more than 10 - 15 minutes. But you might want to take a longer break than that. Your back will likely hurt!
Once it is dry get out your paint pen. I would suggest you do this part, unless your child has a better eye and a steadier hand than you do! ;-)
I used Elmer's Painters in silver with a medium point tip.
Trace around the outside of the circles and along where the tape lines were. This is the perfect opportunity to sort of...fix the circles a little bit if needed. And before you know it, You're done!
There you have it! A fun and different painting that's very easy to do! You should give it a try too!!

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