Can anyone guess my new favorite pattern?
At the beginning of March, I resolved to paint one of the pieces of canvas that I was given for Christmas. Since I've never painted before, I figured I would start with something simple. This tri-colored chevron pattern was just the trick - using tape allowed me to play with my design without committing to anything too early.. tape is much less permanent than paint!
Canvas or some sort of surface
Not pictured: Paint (three colors of your choice), a paintbrush or foam roller (unless you use spray paint), and a drop cloth.
1. First, you need to draw your guide lines. I don't have a picture of this step but it's pretty self-explanatory: Just pencil in some lines to represent where the "points" of the chevron pattern will meet.
2. I wanted my lines to be thinner than the roll of painter's tape I had, so I used an exacto knife to cut the tape in half on the roll. You can skip this step if you want chunkier lines.
3. Place the tape. Cut it to size.
a. Place the strip of tape where you want it, being sure to line it up with the corners of the strips around it
b. Use a pencil to mark where the line is
c. Use scissors to cut on the penciled line
d. Make sure the cut piece of tape lines up with the pre-drawn line (I wasn't super strict about this step, but in hindsight, I wish I had been)
4. Tuck the tape around the back when you get to the edges, like so:
5. Paint in blocks, using about a third of your canvas for each color.
6. After your paint is dry, remove the tape. The exacto knife comes in handy to lift up the corners of the tape so you can peel it off.
I was a little bummed that so much bleeding occurred around the edges of the tape (especially with the red paint). I'd envisioned a much crisper final product. I found that the brushing motion brought up the tape in some areas, and in others I think the paint pooled up around the tape and seeped under. I think next time I would use spray paint or a foam roller to ensure thinner, more even coats of paint. I also would have done a second coat on the lighter colors. The tan in the middle is especially splotchy.
So even though it didn't turn out as crisp as I would have liked, I'm pleased with the final product. It's very obviously home made, but in a charming way. At any rate, it looks good in our living room!
What about you guys - any recent painting/crafting projects? Have you ever made anything that didn't quite turn out how you'd envisioned, but in the end you still liked? Tell me about it!