I love to paint, and though I am a far cry from Monet, I like to hang what I make on my walls. There are a few pieces that remain stashed in a spare room closet, but a lot of it is in my living room.
You don’t have to be amazing to make your own art for your home. If you are anything like me, you will get addicted to the calming effects of paint on canvas, and soon your walls will be full of your creations. Don’t be afraid to experiment, mess it up, start over, or just give all your friends and family “unique, one of a kind” gifts for every occasion!
If you prefer not to jump in head first, this project is the perfect “dipping your toe in the water” first attempt at hanging something you made on your wall.
So, the first step is finding a vintage/retro piece that you like. Mine is just a page from a magazine in the 1950′s. Once you find that piece, buy a canvas that is slightly larger than the chosen image.
The best paint for beginners is acrylic. Oil takes a very long time to dry, and can be more expensive.
Then just paint a messy background, leaving white edges visible and brush strokes in all their glory. I liked black for the stark contrast with the greyscale advertisement.
Once the paint is dry, attach your vintage image. I used double-sided adhesive foam squares I had for scrapbooking, and they held the image away from the canvas slightly and gave it a nice depth.
And you’re done! Hang this baby proudly where it makes your heart happy. For me, it gave a nice view when I walk down the stairs, instead of all that builder’s beige.