- paint (acrylic or oil)
- art-quality paper (it's heavier than regular paper)
- paper cutter
- a good craft glue
- paint brushes
What you do:
- First, paint your canvas a solid color, you won't see much of your canvas, but you will see some, so choose a color that compliments your overall color scheme!
- Next, select your colors for the painting and get enough paper to cover your entire canvas [plus a couple extra pieces just in case... you'll see why later].
- Then use your paint brushes to swirl your colors together in an interesting way. It doesn't need to be perfect, just make sure you can see lines & streaks of color [which means don't overmix your colors]. My son did one paper for me [and I'm a control freak... so the fact that I gave him the paint brush is proof that you can't mess it up!].
Once the papers are dry, turn them over & measure out your squares [these are 1 inch squares, but for my larger painting I did 1.5 inches... just make sure you find a size that fits onto your canvas evenly].
Once your grid is made... let the cutting begin [mindless-movie time!].
Now you have a big-ol' pile of fabulous! Time to glue [you can put another mindless movie in, but honestly you won't even pay attention... I opted to be a sweet mom & let the kids pick the movie we watched during this part, LOL!]. If your glue is too thick, water it down a little... you need to be able to brush it onto your canvas.
Work one row at a time, and make sure to arrange & glue down your edges first [this ensures that your lines are straight and even.... hopefully!]. Now, just look for interesting color combinations and swirls to put together... it's like a puzzle... [except that it's not at all like a puzzle].
And that's it... here's my final product!
I purchased this canvas for $12, and then used paint & paper that I already had...
Oh, and btw- the first painting I showed was originally an old ugly 80's painting... [I'm talking "nasty hotel room quality" stuff]. I just painted right over it and applied my squares. I didn't even remove it from the frame, so if you want to do this project look for some ugly framed canvas artwork to cover!