Today we’re going to do my favorite part which is actually painting!!
Preparing to Paint
Yesterday you laid out the materials you’re going to use. You also began to create designs using the painter’s tape and other decorative elements. Your designs are what we’re going to make come to life today.
As a reminder before we get started, be sure to find an area that has a window or great ventilation. You don’t want to get light-headed while painting. The acrylic paint will dry with no smell but while you’re using it, it can be pretty strong.
Lay your old towels and sheets down so you can protect your work surface. I recommend doubling or folding your sheet if it is very thin. You don’t want paint to be able to leak through.
The supplies we will use today include those below. The full list can be found on yesterday’s post. You can click the item to visit the Amazon sales page. (some links may be affiliate links):
- 12″ x 16″canvas panels (2)
- 18″ x 24″ stretched canvas frames (3)
- Acrylic paint in your brand colors (1- 16 oz bottle each)
- Painter’s tape (1)
- Paint brush kit
- Sponge kit
- Old towel/ sheet
- Foam tube brush holders (I use these to help with arthritis)
- Paper plates/ bowls (3)
Did I mention yet how therapeutic painting on canvas can be? Well, it most certainly is. You get to create something you’ll enjoy for years to come. Plus, you don’t have to follow any rules so you get to really let loose.
I opted to use only 3 paint colors. I used black and white with gold as an accent color. I kept white paint on hand in case I made any mistakes. I chose not to paint the white part of the canvas. The canvas is already white and I didn’t want to waste paint.
The reason I chose these colors is two fold. First, I wanted colors that match my business branding and apparel choices. I tend to have wayyyyy too many black clothing items. Second, I wanted a color scheme that would match my room overall. I can’t go wrong with black, white, and gold. It looks professional and fun at the same time!
Before I dig into my painting tips, check out this video. It explains how to paint and avoid having your colors bleed under your painter’s tape. I know you’re ready to get started but watch this short video… you’ll thank me after!
Now that you’ve watched the video you can begin preparing to paint. Below are the steps I followed:
- Pour paint into disposable/ plastic bowls or plates. It’s okay to be modest here. You can always add more paint later.
- Put a paint brush or foam brush into each bowl. All the brushes to get soaked with paint. It will provide much better coverage on the canvas.
- Begin painting the top of the canvas. Remember to move your brush away from the painter’s tape NOT toward the painter’s tape. If you didn’t watch the video, scroll up and watch. I show this technique on the video. Be sure you paint so you cannot see any of the white canvas in the painted sections. This may require be a bit heavy handed in some areas.
- Paint the sides of the canvas as well as the top and bottom. You want the entire canvas painted. It creates a professional and crisp look. Plus it won’t matter which angle someone sees your picture, the entire canvas will be painted.
- Allow the paint to dry with the painter’s tape in-tact. I know, I know. If you’ve ever painted a wall using painter’s tape the #1 rule is to remove the tape before the paint dries. I promise you will want to allow your paint to dry on canvas WITH the painter’s tape in place. This will ensure less bleed and you don’t smudge the paint trying to remove tape while it’s wet.
- After 8 hours, lightly touch the areas you painted. There should be no tacky feel or transfer to your finger. If dry, you can move on to step 7. If not, wait another 4 – 6 hours before moving forward.
- Carefully remove the painter’s tape and let sit another 2 – 4 hours. This will ensure the painting is dry all the way through. Sometimes the top layer will be dry but it won’t be completely dry.
- Reapply tape if you’re not leaving any white areas on the canvas. This will allow you to paint the additional canvas without smudging colors or making mistakes. Some experienced painters may not need to do this step. However, if you’re new to canvas… just take the time to do this. It will make painting soooo much easier in the end.
- Add additional paint to your canvas. Be careful to not paint over areas you’ve already painted. You’ll want to also remember to paint the sides, top, and bottom of your canvas. I can’t stress enough how polished this will make your art.
- Repeat steps 3 – 9 as needed. Once your entire canvas is painted, sit it aside to dry overnight.
Tomorrow we will cover how to seal your art and add any inspirational decals or art to your paintings. It may feel like you’re done, but I promise this will be well worth it!