Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pinterest Art Challenge - Circle Painting

For some reason, whenever I see something I like that is DIY-able, I'm always tempted to try to make it rather than purchase it.  I'm not sure why that is as I know that I am not a very good DIY-er -- I have very little patience and am an instant gratification kind of person which means that I tend to cut corners to get to the finished product and that typically doesn't work well towards making a DIY project not look DIY.  Nonetheless, it's in my character to at least attempt to make/create instead of buy.  So, when I saw a post from Amanda at Our Humble A{Bowe}d announcing a Pinterest-inspired art challenge, I immediately knew I wanted to participate.  Art inspiration abounds on Pinterest, but I had been considering attempting a confetti circle painting ever since seeing Lulu & Drew's version on Etsy, and especially after seeing (and learning that it was DIY) Danielle Moss's.

Seems simple enough, no?  So I gathered my supplies - three shades of basic (craft) acrylic paint, a paint brush and a canvas, all from either Michael's or Joann's.  I picked a shade of grey (Dolphin Gray), green (Caterpiller) and beige (Sandstone) so that I could use the piece to help transition between the living/dining room (which is grey) and the kitchen (which is green).  In the final product, I also added some touches of Pure Silver for a few metallic circles.

I started by making rows of circles in grey.

And then added some green circles.

And then some beige circles.

And then I decided I hated it and painted over it.

LOL.  This is what usually happens when I try to paint.  It's the thought that counts, right?  But I wanted to try again (because I am a glutton for punishment), so I picked up another canvas I had laying around (I do this a lot).  This time, I penciled in some circles to get a general feel of the direction - that's probably cheating but that's how I roll.

And then I painted all the little circles, going color by color instead of each color at once.  And here is the finished product:

I'm not totally convinced that I love it - it looks a little tornado-ey to me.  But it actually doesn't look that bad propped on a bookcase.  I'll have to live with it for a few days and see how I like it then.  I do love that the colors echo colors found throughout the first floor of the house so that's a plus!  Maybe in the end I'll just bite the bullet and purchase one from Lulu & Drew.

Head on over the The Humble A{Bowe}d to check out the other projects!  Tanya from Dans le Townhouse has a fabulous abstract one that may be my next painting inspiration!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great job! Glad you didn't give up, it turned out quite nice!