Another Addition to the Hummingbird Series

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“Sip” – Hummingbird Painting – Acrylic and Water Color on Canvas

View the rest of this series here.

 

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Experiment: Spray Paint + Acrylic Paint + Water

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Golden Sunset

I wish I invented this abstract painting technique, but I did not.  I stole it (with consent) from a brilliant friend of mine who created many stylistically similar pieces in order to cure “plain white wall syndrome.” When I saw his artwork I knew I had to try it out for myself.

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Black and Gold

 

What you’ll need:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Spray Paint
  • Water

 

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Gold Splattered Turtle

 

STEP 1:  Cover the canvas with a thick layer of acrylic paint. I decided to make simple blocks of color and then blended them without rinsing my brush.

STEP 2: Pour water over canvas.  Use as little water as possible. I’m talking 2 tablespoons worth.

STEP 3: Lay canvas down flat in a well ventilated area. Gently shake canvas to move the water around (you will want to have a few pools of water to experiment with at first, you can always add more later.)

STEP 4: Add spray paint. I tried two different approaches: spraying the paint directly onto the canvas in short bursts, and spraying the paint into the cap so I could precisely drip the paint exactly where I wanted.  You will see the paint interact with the water in different ways; so experiment with it!  I used both spray paint techniques on each painting. I even tried adding droplets of water on top of the spray paint.

STEP 5:  Allow to dry completely. This took about 7 hours due to the thickness of the paint and the addition of water. Be patient, it is totally worth it. Make sure your drying surface is level or else the paint will slowly drip off the canvas.

STEP 6: Display your beautiful masterpiece, you – artsy connoisseur – you! Fantastic job!!

Stained Glass Painting

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Fancy finished tape painting. The design is inspired by stained glass.

This is an ode to colors.  Rainbows, splotches, swatches, and schemes.  Colors make me feel comfortable.  Blame it on a serious lack of technique, but most of the creations I’ve made on canvas are expressively color coordinated.  Here’s a quick and easy art project to numb boredom and inject some color into your life.  It’s even simple enough for children and those who do not consider themselves artists.

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I used 1″ blue gaffers tape. I was only concerned about the stickiness before I started. In retrospect I wish I would have used thinner tape, and something with a little more stick to it.

What you’ll need:

  1.  Canvas or watercolor paper (I used a stretched canvas).  You will need to use paper that can get wet without disintegrating.
  2. Tape.  I used 1″ blue gaffers tape.  This tape was not thin or sticky enough and required a serious amount of cleanup after i peeled it off.  The paint bled everywhere. Next time I will try this with masking tape. ***Edit: I tried this by painting the entire canvas white before using tape.  Very minimal paint bleeding.  Before you tape, paint the entire canvas with a neutral color!
  3. Scissors (to cut the tape).
  4. Paint.  I prefer acrylic or watercolor.
  5. Paint brushes.  If you are trying to get the  “color scheme” look I achieved, use bigger brushes and load heavy with paint.

STEP 1: Cut tape and place on canvas.  I went for a more abstract “stained glass” outline.  Feel free to tap into your own creativity and create your own shapes!  Make sure the tape lays flat or else the paint will find it’s way underneath.  Trust me!

STEP 2: Paint in the areas around the tape.  I took big brushes and over-loaded them with lots of acrylic paint (use many colors at the same time).  As I filled in the areas I rarely stopped to clean my brush.

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Filling in the white space.

STEP 3: Let your masterpiece dry completely. I can’t stress this enough.  I know sometimes we get excited about our artistic outbursts and want to see the final result asap.  Do not give into these urges; they will only create a stained glass-sloppy mess.

Step 4: When the paint has dried, peel off the tape.  Touch up with white paint if your edges bled at all.

Step 5: Hang this up somewhere, it’s beautiful!

Hummingbirds on Canvas

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Hummingbird Yellow - Acrylic and Watercolor on Stretched Canvas, 10x8

Hummingbird Yellow – Acrylic and Watercolor on Stretched Canvas, 10×8, Handmade

Enjoy life, and be light.  We only experience this existence briefly.  Be playful and trust yourself.  Much like the hummingbird, you are resilient.   When life makes you feel small remember that you are capable of great things.  Just keep going.

Hummingbird Wire - Acrylic and Watercolor on Stretched Canvas, 10x8

Hummingbird Wire – Acrylic and Watercolor on Stretched Canvas, 10×8, Handmade

Here are the first three photos from my Hummingbird series.  All of them are a mixture of acrylic and watercolor on a small stretched canvas.

Hummingbird Sip - Acrylic and Watercolor on Stretched Canvas, 10x8

Hummingbird Sip – Acrylic and Watercolor on Stretched Canvas, 10×8, Handmade