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Day 51(1 day late): Silhouette Portraits

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

Yesterday’s post was taking a long time to dry, so I didn’t finish it until today. At work, there’s a giant set of shelves that seem to be the catch all for anything we don’t know where else to put! The other day my coworker decided that we needed to tackle it and organize it. While we were doing that, we came across about half a dozen canvases of various sizes that had been painted with some popular (at the time) Benjamin Moore colors. Many of them also had some examples of different glazes. My boss was going to throw them away, so I quickly rescued them! For today’s project I used two of the pre-painted canvases that didn’t have any other faux finish or glaze. The first canvas was a brown color (Af-165 Kona) and the second was a red (1323 Currant Red). I got a picture of the brown, but forgot to snap one of the red… oops.

I couldn’t use a flash because my phone was about to die… sorry! I got the idea for this project from a print I bought for my step-mom from the UTK Prints and Pottery sale last November, but instead of using ink, I used paint! Anyways, next I used the miss-tinted paint from Day 10 and diluted it with water to make a makeshift glaze (By the way, I would never recommend doing this for a glaze on your walls… it would never last! That’s why they make glaze bases!). I washed this mixture on the canvases (one at a time) with a t-shirt. I then used a ZAR Graining Tool, which is supposed to be used with stains, but I wanted to see how it would do with this, and slowly removed some of the wash by pulling it down the canvas, rocking back and forth to add “knots.” I think they turned out pretty cool!

Close up to see grain

It obviously doesn’t look like real woodgrain, but that was sort of the point, in my opinion. Next (today), I found some profile silhouettes, like they used a lot in cameos, traced them and cut them out with an x-acto knife. I centered them on the canvases and stuck them down with double sided tape. I used these stencils with some of the leftover miss-tinted sample jars from the mosaic painting project and painted the silhouettes on the canvases, red for the man on the brown canvas, blue for the woman on the red canvas! I was very careful to make my strokes from the paper into the hole of the stencil so I wouldn’t accidentally smush some of the paint under the paper. After letting them dry for awhile, I was done!

Man (It’s hard to tell because of the glare, but he had a a fancy collar :) )



I realized as I was taking these pictures that somehow one of my hairs ended up in the painting… oops! Can you see it?

It adds character :neutral: … I think that I will probably end up hanging these over my tv, possibly with the mosaic painting in between? Modern meets traditional? I’ll post pictures if I do!

Today’s post coming later tonight!

Anna Grace


Day 20: Mosaic Painting Part 4… DONE!!

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

The project that wouldn’t end has finally been completed!!! I thought I would never finish haha. Anyways, I’m so glad it’s done so I can move on to something else.

So I started today by doing the second lightest color of the red shades.

And then I did the lightest shade for both the red and blue: white.

There you have it! FINALLY finished the painting!

Next I took and old poster I had and covered it in wrinkled pieces of black tissue paper. (I’m sure you know where the tissue is from so I’m not going to even ink to it again :D ) I finished it all off by sticking the individual painted square onto the poster and I was DONE!

sitting on my hallway floor because there was better light in there haha

A little closer look of the painting itself.

Close up so you can see the detail. Sorry it’s sort of blurry!

Can you tell what it is? I purposely abstracted it quite a bit, but it was originally this picture I took in Paris.

It was a chair I saw in Les Musée des Arts Decoratifs (or the Museum of Decorative Arts) at the Louvre. I searched forever to see if I could find who designed this chair, but I couldn’t find it anywhere! I’ll keep looking and update you if I find it.

Overall, I’m extremely happy with this piece. It took FOREVER but I think that’s what makes it good! Eventually I would like to get a nice frame with glass for it, but I’m low on funds at the moment so that will have to wait! Maybe I’ll get it with my tax return? :) I’ll post a picture when it’s in it’s frame!

Thanks for bearing with me on this extra long project and with my RA flare up. I hope you all like this as much as I do!

Anna Grace


Day 19: Mosaic Painting Part 3… still not done!

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Here we are at the third day of this project, and I’m still not done!! I’m still having a lot of joint trouble today, but I’m also realizing that this project is a much larger undertaking than I originally thought.

So today I started by doing the second darkest shades of the red and blue.

You probably still have no idea what this is :D

Next, after a break, I did the third darkest shades of both colors. (sorry for the bad pic… didn’t have enough battery to use flash.)

Starting to get the idea?

And the last thing I did today was to add the second lightest blue color. (didn’t make it to the red)

Flowery! But probably still not what you’re thinking of!

So that’s where I am tonight. Tomorrow I will do the second lightest red color and then the lightest of both shades, which is white for both. I will also be sticking all the little squares down on something… not sure what yet… maybe the back of  an old poster? Anyways, I will definitely be through tomorrow, finally!!!!!

Anna Grace


Day 18: Mosaic Painting Part 2 (and counting…)

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So due to a really bad RA flare up today, I was unable to complete this project today. I did spend about 45 min painting the backgrounds of the red squares, so here’s where I am.

This is is varying stages of dryness but you can get a better idea of the sort of dissolve effect I was talking about yesterday.

I will hopefully be finishing this tomorrow as long as I’m feeling better. Thanks for your patience!

Anna Grace


Day 17: Mosaic Painting Part 1

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My project for today has ending up having to spread over 2 days, but I wanted to go ahead and post about where I am now.

I decided that I wanted to do a sort of mosaic painting of some picture (not telling you what it is yet!!). At work we had a ton of miss-tinted sample jars that we were trying to get rid of, so I took 4 blue shades and 4 red shades. Today while at home, I picked an image, changed the mode to duotone in photoshop, one copy in red tones and one in blue tones, then I used the artistic cutout filter so simplify it to 5 shades for each copy with the lightest shade being white. Then I divided each of the images into a grid and merged the two images together in something like a dissolve effect. After finally getting the image the way I wanted, I cut out all of the squares for it… 110 of them! It took forever… so I ended up only painting the darkest blue color I’m using as a base on all of the blue squares. Here’s where I’m at now.

Any ideas what it’s going to be? Nobody will guess this…

The red background and all the details on the blue and red squares will be done tomorrow and they will be stuck down on their final paper… which I haven’t decided on yet, but we’ll cross that bridge tomorrow. Stay tuned for the finished project tomorrow!!

Anna Grace


Day 2: Blue Flower Painting

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

Today’s post is a project a did a few weeks ago when I was in Nashville. I used to paint a lot in middle and high school, particularly in oils. Painting was one of my favorite things I did with both of my grandmothers growing up. They’re both amazing artists and I always strived to be as good as them. When I got to college, I didn’t have the time or the space for painting anymore and I have severely missed it. Which is one of the many reasons I started this project. So, when I was in Nashville a few weeks ago, I decided to do my first oil painting in over 5 years in my Mimom’s studio. I did this painting in about 2 hours mostly because I didn’t have any more time than that, but it took over a week to dry! (probably another reason why I haven’t painted in so long) I then framed it in a cheap, but nice-ish metal frame from walmart and mounted it on my wall! Sorry the pictures are so terrible… I can’t find my cord to connect my camera to computer, so cell phone pics will have to do for now!

First Oil painting in 5 yrs!

I think it’s not bad considering how long I spent on it and how long it’s been since I painted last! I hope there will be many more paintings to come!

Anna Grace

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