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Day 297: Collage Painting Day 2

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

I’m really tired so I’m gonna make this short… sorry!

At any rate, today I finished the painting/collage I posted about yesterday. Last night after the mid-tone dried, I painted the lightest tone…. but the sample jar I was using actually ended up DARKER than the mid-tone. I ended up painting it all anyways, just so it would be even, and then I painted over it with a lighter color today. Then, I just painted the darkest color and I was done!! Here’s the final product, with and without flash.

Can you tell what it is?? It’s extremely abstracted and the image was taken at a sort of different angle. I’ll give you a hint: It’s an instrument!















Give up?

Here’s the original image after adjusting it in Photoshop.

Can you tell what it is? It’s a horn!! I used sort of different colors and it ended up even more distorted in my interpretation of it, but I like it!

I made this for my mom for Mother’s Day! Yes, I know. Mother’s Day already happened. BUT I started this BEFORE Mother’s Day and I knew that I wasn’t going to see her until after. So, yeah… it’s done now! :mrgreen: BTW my mom plays horn, so I thought this was appropriate! I hope she likes it!

Anna Grace


Day 296: Collage Painting Day 1

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

This creative project is going to have to be spread over two posts because it is going to take several steps to get it where I want it. At any rate, you may recall the mosaic painting I did towards the beginning of this 365 project. In that one I took an image in photoshop and distorted it with the paper cutout tool. Then, using that image, I painted one color at time, layering shades until I ended up with the final image! This project is the same, but I wont tell you what the final image is supposed to be until Im done!

Before I get into the process, I have to let you know that I took a lot of pictures during making this over the past few days, but my stupid phone deleted all of them except the last one!!!! So, sorry! But you can at least see where it is at now!

So I started with a plain canvas that I rescued from work which had been painted a really light pink. I took a misstinted sample jar that was a really bright green and did a light coat over the whole thing using a palette knife so it wold have a bit of texture. While it was still wet, I stuck a bunch of 2×3 inch color chips from work that we were throwing away onto the canvas. I stuck them on in a random order, so it didnt look too formal! As the paint dried, the chips started to curl up on the edges, but I decided to leave it as is because I thought it gave it an interesting texture! After that, I decided that all the random colors where a bit too bright for what I was thinking, so I used a gray misstinted sample jar and did a quick wash over everything. THEN I finally started on the actual painting with the mid tone of the three colors I was using. So here is where it is now!

Sorry its an Instagram pic, but thats all I got! I hope to finish this tomorrow!! In the meantime, any thoughts as to what it is??

Anna Grace


Day 268: 5 Truths About Fear Painting/Collage

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

As you all know by now, for Christmas, birthdays, and pretty much any occasion where gifts are called for, I usually make them! My sister, Katherine definitely knows this to be true, so before Xmas and her birthday back in December, she asked me to create a painting/poster/drawing or something that had these words on it from a book she was reading. You’re supposed to say these 5 Truths About Fear several times throughout the day, so she wanted something that said them.

Here’s the words in case you can’t read them:

1. The fear will never go away as long as I continue to grow.
2. The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out… and do it.
3. The only way to feel better about myself is to go out… and do it.
4. Not only am I going to experience fear whenever I’m on unfamiliar territory, but so is everyone else.
5. Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness.

I started out with just painting the canvas with a blue sample jar miss tint that I had in hand, then I used a crackle finish over that. Unfortunately, it didn’t show up very well, so I moved to plan B of decoupaging some pieces of tissue on top of that. And then I just wrote the words on it with a metallic silver Sharpie and I was done! I think it turned out pretty well, and now I just have to mail it to my sister! Hahahaha… Oops. In my defense, I DID have surgery right before Christmas, so, yeah. I’m terrible, but I will be sending it ASAP!

Anna Grace


Day 218(14 days late): Cast Doodles 3

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

About a week and a half ago, I got cast number three put on my broken wrist. I had done a few different doodles on it and was planning on posting it yesterday, but at work I was holding a quart under my arm and somehow the lid popped off! At any rate, the paint went all over my clothes, the front desk, the floor and my cast… completely covering the majority of the doodles I had done with a yellow/beige shade that would great on a wall, but terrible on my light pink cast! So, I decided to embrace the paint today and just paint my whole cast!

I did a little research and found that it was totally fine to put latex paint on a fiberglass cast, plus I’m getting it off Friday, so I wasn’t too worried about it! I had some of that blue/green paint from way back on day 10, so I did a coat of that all over the cast, taking care to just get it on the fiberglass part, and not the cotton or inside the cast.

After that dried, I used a metallic silver sharpie to freehand a sort of damask pattern. I was looking at a picture when I drew it, and it ended up a lot bigger than I was planning… but I think it turned out pretty cool! Then I used a slate blue and a fushia sharpie to outline the shape.

I decided it needed a little bit more, so I thought I would put a little sort of scroll in the two bottom “corners” if you’re looking at my arm palm down. I drew one the same way I did the big pattern, but then I realized that there was no way I was going to be able to draw one one the opposite side because I couldn’t reach it, so one will have to do! Here’s a close up of the side scroll and then a side view of the whole cast.

I think it turned out pretty cool and it’s definitely better than the awkward mess it was last night after I spilled paint on it! And let me tell you, I am SO PUMPED to get this thing off on Friday!! It’s still pretty sore, so I think I may have to wear a brace for awhile, at least at work, but we’ll see what the doctor says!

Anna Grace


Day 164(3 days late): Boat Painting Day 3

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

So I finally finished painting all the little sections of this paint-by-number of the Queen Anne. Today I finished up painting all of the mixed colors. Here’s how it turned out.

This clearly looks nothing like the cover of the box it came in… For one thing, I think the colors it came with are waaaaayyy off. Or at least, the mixtures are not just 1 to 1 ratios. Also, they obviously did a lot of blending of colors, but I barely had enough of every color to just fill in the shapes, so how are you supposed to be able to blend them well? And the paint dries so fast, you can’t blend them much at all, and your paint palette wouldn’t last long enough to do it! So, because of all this, I think I’m just going to leave this as is. Not sure what I’ll do with it, but it was interesting to work on. I really did like doing it, because I love to paint, but acrylic paints are not my friend, so this didn’t really turn out like I wanted. I love using oils because they don’t dry nearly as fast so you can blend more!! At any rate, I got a mostly completed painting of the Queen Anne, so we’ll leave it at that. I’ve done other paint-by-numbers in the past that look like actual paintings, without blending the colors, so this one was just a strange one. In fact, I remember doing one in high school of some pansies that my friend thought was an actual, unique painting! I probably should have looked at it a bit more closely before buying this one, but oh well!

Moving on with life…

Anna Grace


Day 163(3 days late): Boat Painting Day 2

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

So… I’ve fallen a couple more days behind. But, Friday night I went straight from work to dinner with some friends and then to see Harry Potter 7 part 2 (which I thought was pretty awesome!), and I didn’t get home until around 1. And then yesterday was the most insane day at work EVER, so when I went to my friend’s house afterwards, I ended up falling asleep for like 3 hours… so, sorry! But I’ll catch up ASAP!

So today, I’m still working on the Paint-By-Number of the Queen Anne. In the last post I had gotten all the pure colors straight from the containers painted. Today I started on the mixed colors. I got through all the colors mixed with the 1′s, 2′s and 3′s, but I still have a ways to go. This is taking a lot longer than I thought!! So, here’s where the painting is at thus far.

So, that’s all I got to today, but I hope to finish this up tomorrow… but we’ll see!

Anna Grace


Day 162(1 day late): Boat Painting Day 1

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

For whatever reason, this week has turned into paint by number week! Continuing with that theme today, I decided to go to Hobby Lobby and get a paint by number to actually paint. I ended up choosing a scene with the ship Queen Anne, because honestly it was the least cheesy looking one! So, I started working on it at home and quickly realized it was going to take a lot longer than I thought. I worked on this for about 3 hours and only got through all the basic colors, not the mixed ones. So! This is going to span over a couple of days of posts… But, here’s what I’ve got so far.

So, it looks completely different than the image on the box… Obviously after I get all of the base colors I’m going to have to go back in and do some serious blending, which is sort of hard with the crappy brush and paints they give you, but I’ll make it work! If I just leave it with the shapes just filled in, I think it will look really strange and cartoonish, so we’ll see how it goes!

Now to bed and I’ll keep working on this tomorrow!

Anna Grace


Day 149(2 days late): Paint Chip Collage Part 2

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

You may recall me making a collage out of paint chips and mod page about a month back. Here’s a pic of how it was as a reminder. (with ridiculous flash…)

Well, that’s been sitting in my living room staring at me since then begging me to do something else with it. I liked it by itself, but I thought it needed something extra. So today I was eating dinner and saw the sample jar miss-tint that I’m using for another project (post coming about that tomorrow!!) and I thought, “That super bright green would look cool on all of the neutral murky colors!” So I thought that maybe I would make like a vine or plant graphic with it because I friend told me that the background collage looked like a light at the end of a tunnel and something growing out of darkness is another metaphor along those same lines. I looked around on good old google for awhile and found this cool interpretation:

I liked the sort of spirally look of the plant itself, so I tried to recreate that a bit. Well… that’s when the problems started. :neutral: At first I tried to sketch it out using a pencil so I had guides for when I painted, but the pencil wasn’t marking at all on the thick layer of mod-podge. Then I just decided to wing it… and I quickly realized that the brush I was using (and the only one I was willing to sacrifice with house paint) was way too wide to get all the little details I wanted, and I had made the bases of the plants way to big! :oops: So, at first I tried to wash off the paint, and was fairly successful with the part that was still wet, which I stupidly started trying to wash off first, but the dried down parts were only coming off after some serious rubbing and were sort of taking off the sheen of the background!! So, I decided to just work with the little bit that was still stuck on there. I had liked the way the plant bases were looking by themselves with out all the branches and leaves, so I decided to just do them like plants that swirled all the way to the top (if that makes sense… sorry I’m super tired…). Well, when I started over I ended up making the biggest plant base even bigger than before and I couldn’t get the curve of it right, so I just sort of winged it. Then, you couldn’t really see the shapes very clearly, so I used another sample jar (originally from the mosaic painting) that was red and lightly outlined the shapes (I found an old tiny make-up brush that the handle was broken off of and used that). It’s definitely not what I had originally intended, but I like it! It’s very abstractly organic, I think, but it a good way. And I like the contrast of the paint chip collage with the actual paint. Sorry for the bad picture… I’ll get another one tomorrow maybe. The red is actually much less brown than it looks in this picture.

I’m debating whether or not I want to put another layer of mod-podge or a spray sealer I have over top of this to get that sheen back. My worry is that it will take off or smudge the paint, so I’ll have to experiment with it! The great thing about this project is that it was absolutely free! :mrgreen: As I mentioned in the first part of this, I got the canvas at work because they were going to through it away, all the paint chips were damaged ones from the books at work, the mod-podge I already had on hand (so maybe like a couple of bucks were spent if you really want to get technical here), and the paints were sample jars that would have been thrown away anyways!! Free is always good :)

I’ll hopefully be catching up tomorrow… The actual post for today (Day 151) should have been a recap video, so I’ll post this birthday project I’ve been working on for a bit and the video then!

Anna Grace


Day 85(4 days late): Custom Frame

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

So, I started this project at like 7 pm… but was doing several different things at the same time and my first attempt failed. I’ll get into that in a bit, but that’s why I’m posting this at 3:15 am… (but I’m changing the publish time to earlier so it will dated April 30… just for my sake of keeping track!)

So, about the project! I’ve been working on a piece that I will post on Saturday. Since it’s a present, I won’t give anything away yet, but I wanted to frame said piece. I couldn’t spend a whole lot and I didn’t want to just give them a boring old frame, so I decided to get a plain black frame and jazz it up a bit! Here’s a ridiculously blurry of the frame before…

I’ve seen people use silver leaf on frames and things like that before, so I wanted a look like that… sort of distressed/aged silver. But when I got to Hobby Lobby, their silver leaf was like $12+!!! So I ended up browsing around a little bit and eventually found some silver acrylic paint for 3 bucks. And then I found a one step crackle finish product for 2 bucks!! JACKPOT! So I got all that, went to the grocery store, came home, had dinner, and then got to work! Well I started painting the silver on, and it was really, really streaky, so I decided to do two pretty thick coats. So, it took a bit for them to dry, between and after. Then I just brushed the crackle finish on top! Well, after waiting 2 hours (!) for it to dry and finish it’s crackle magic, It had crackled the top layer of paint, but you couldn’t see the black at all!! If I wanted that I could’ve just bought a silver frame and been done with it. So I tried sanding it down a bit in some spots to try and distress it a bit, but all the paint started peeling off!! So, I ended up having to scrap all of the paint off and start over…. and that took a long time! (And I’ve got bit’s of silver paint chips in my carpet… cleaning tomorrow!) At any rate, for the second go round, I just did a light brush of the silver, purposely leaving it streaky so you could for sure see the black! I topped it off with the crackle finish and waited…. forever. (Well, I was dying my hair at the same time, so it wasn’t like I was sitting watching paint dry.) Now that I’m finally finished, I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Close-up sans flash to see the crackle!

I love the way this looks! And I think crackle finish and I are going to be BFFs! Can’t wait to see how it looks when my present is all finished!

Day 86 coming up in just a bit!

Anna Grace


Day 83(5 days late): Dad’s Birthday Present!

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

I’m finally done with my papers!!!!! I turned them in at 11:30 today and it felt amazing! I’ve still got 3 exams over the next 2 weeks, so the posts might be a little spotty, but I thought I’d try and start getting caught up!! So sorry for the delay…

So, Monday was my dad’s birthday! I had already started his present on Day 64 by doing the mold and cast of my hand. I started today by using a sanding sponge to even out the plaster. It was really hard to get into all the little crevices and my hands were starting to hurt, so I mostly just smoothed the rough patches a bit. Then (after getting all the dust off) I used a creamy beige sample jar of paint with equal parts water and did a wash over the whole thing. I was going to just paint it straight on, but I was worried about it getting too thick and not being able to see the wrinkles in my knuckles and things like that. After that, it looked a little too much like a real skin color and I thought it was sort of creepy, so I made an even more diluted wash with blue paint and went right over it. It’s very subtle, but you can see where it settled into some of the holes. I wish I had gotten a progress picture, but I didn’t :( . After that, I looked around online for a bit until I found this traditional henna tattoo, and I copied it in a brown paint on my plaster hand. It was really hard to get all the little details, even with my smallest brush, so I just did my interpretation of it. In the palm, I made a heart since it’s for my dad. :D

For the bottom, I wanted to write some sort of quote about a father and a daughter holding hands or something, but I couldn’t find any that I really liked, so instead i just searched for quotes with hand in them, haha! I came across this one by Leonardo da Vinci, and I think it works well!

So, Happy Birthday again, dad! Can’t wait to give this to you next weekend!

In other news, I mentioned yesterday that we’d had some pretty severe thunderstorms/tornadoes in this area on Wednesday (which was part of the reason why I didn’t finish my papers sooner…). Here’s some pictures of the damage the golf ball sized hail did to my car…

That’s the hood of my car… There are some dimples on the side as well, but the roof was the worst. I don’t have a picture of that.

Apparently some hail jumped up and broke my passenger side blinker…

My windshield got really cracked… here’s the passenger side (from inside the car)

That’s the driver’s side.

While this sucks and all, I am very very lucky that this was all that happened! Many cars around me had windows completely busted out and many houses and other properties were damaged. My county was lucky in that we didn’t have any deaths, but South of us, there have been well over 100 documented deaths so far, and there are still people missing!! So please, keep everybody in your thoughts and prayers!

Anna Grace