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Accidental Art?

14 September 2012 16 Comments

A few months ago I bought a 24” x 48” canvas at Michaels because I had a 50% off coupon.  I think it ended up costing me about fifteen bucks – not bad.  Of course even as I was buying it I was thinking that not just anybody should be allowed to buy canvas and art supplies.  I figured there was an incredibly good chance that it would end up ruined.    I was completely at a loss for what I would do with it or how I would do it.  But yesterday I finally got up the courage to grab a paint brush (or 4) or go at it!  I had no real plan in my head besides the colours I would use.  My palette was predetermined by the colours in our entry way and kitchen.  Black (the doors), Mountain Smoke (the coffee station in the kitchen), Soulful Gray (the wall colour), and White (the trim).  Easy enough right?  I wanted something that added some interest to the entry way but still allowed me to do whatever I wanted with accessories.  Even though I love loud and bright art, I didn’t want to be married to say, orange and purple.  I get bored easily so it’s best if the larger pieces in our house stay subtle and neutral.  Here is how I tackled my largest canvas yet.canvas 1canvas 2canvas 3I let the colour blocking dry completely and thought it was looking OK at this point.  A little boring, but not yet ruined.  I wanted to do a few black paint drips down the canvas to add some interest.  I didn’t take any pictures of this step because as soon as I propped the canvas up and added some watered down black to the top, I ruined it.  It looked awful.  Like mascara running awful.  One drip turned in to twenty and it just became a giant mess.  At least I was proving myself right!  This canvas was officially ruined.  I had read online somewhere a while ago that some people tint their canvases black before they start their work so the colours have more depth.  So that’s what I did.  I figured the black would give me a fresh start.  But when the black started to look clumpy and ugly I wished I could just hose it down and start anew.  And then it hit me!  It can’t get any worse so why don’t I just hose it down and see what happens!?  This is what happened.Canvas 4canvas 6Canvas 7canvas 5At first I wasn’t sure about it, but as it dried I liked it more and more but I wasn’t sure how other people would see it.  I sent a picture to the boy telling him I thought I had ruined it and he replied “That looks really cool.”  And when he saw it in person he liked it even more and wants it to be hung.  Reviews have been mixed though.  I sent a picture of it to my sister who replied “That looks weird”.  I prefer different.  What do you guys think?  Weird?  Interesting?  Awful? Different?  Cool?  Did I just accidentally create a piece of art?diana


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16 Comments »

  • Melanie said:

    I think you just hit the lotto.
    You could probably sell that for oodles of money.
    I love it. Especially if it is hung on a grey wall.
    Love, Love, Love.
    The best pieces of artwork are mistakes, right?

  • Girl (author) said:

    Oh Thank You Melanie! Oodles of money – I could use oodles of money!
    -Diana

  • Brandi @ His Shabby Her Chic said:

    I happen to like it also! I think it’s interesting and fun. I say hang that sucker!

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thanks Brandi! That’s so nice to hear!
    -Diana

  • Lindsay @ Me, Ed and Pea said:

    I think it looks awesome!!

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thanks Lindsay!
    -Diana

  • London said:

    This looks a-maz-ing! These kinds of prints (not the actual painting, mind you) go for easily $100 at places like Kirkland’s and Pier 1. My very first thought was “That’s completely awesome!” … and that was just from the thumbnail on SeeVanessaCraft. Super-Kudos!

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thank You so much London! That’s so nice to hear! And thank for dropping in on us! I’m off to check out your site!
    -Diana

  • Kelly @ Corner of Main said:

    I think it’s cool! I really like it! It definitely looks like something you might find at HomeGoods or Pier 1 =)

  • Antonella @ Pretty House Things said:

    I like it! I really like the effect at the top half of the canvas. I agree with Kelly’s comment too.

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thanks so much Kelly and Anotnella!
    -Diana

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said:

    I love it! What a fantastic job! I’d totally buy one from you! :)

  • Girl (author) said:

    What a compliment Ashley! Thank You!

  • Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno said:

    Loveeee!! Two thumbs up. I definitely think the best art sometimes appears from “mistakes”. It looks great! Hang it! :)

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