Paintings

This week was Carnival Holiday and my nephew stayed with me the whole week. We did some fun stuff. We went to the movies, to a museum, played games and we painted!

We wanted to try bubble painting, like shown in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVOCt5b1sPM

For some reason it didn’t work out and we just started painting normally.

I have to admit that my nephew wasn’t too creative and I didn’t want to help him generate ideas because I wanted it to be totally his own creation. Eventually he decided he wanted to paint a piraña. I told him to draw it first with a pencil and when he didn’t know how to draw the fins he just used google.

He also made a second painting. This time he chose to paint his chicken, called Gertrude.

Meanwhile I painted an owl. Remember the finoil owl I made? I liked the little owl so much, I decided to paint it. I started by drawing the owl on the canvas. I used seven colors. I mixed red and white to get two kinds of pink. For the nose and the circles around the eyes I used light brown, orange and white. For the branch I mixed light brown and white and for the colors at the back I used a combination of blue with white, green, yellow with white, and red with dark blue.

You can see the result below, what do you think?

Lots of love,
Laura

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Little owl with foil

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I tried out something new. It’s a little owl on a canvas with foil. I’m not completely happy with the result, but it’s not that bad either. The reason I’m not super enthusiastic is because I think the owl doesn’t ‘pop out’ enough.

But if you want to give it a shot, here’s what you need:
– A canvas
– Foil
– A pencil
– A tube of glue
– A glue stick
– Paper towel
– Cotton swabs
– Shoe polish and a sponge
DSC03634The first step is to draw something on your canvas. First my thoughts were going to a butterfly but I saw an example with an owl and I really liked it. So I decided to draw an owl. Since my drawing skills aren’t overdeveloped I searched for owl drawings and kind of copied one.
Here’s the original and the one I drew:

Next, use the tube of glue to go over the lines of your drawing and let it dry for a night.

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When the lines are dry, apply glue with the stick to the canvas, and put a piece of foil over it. Apply it with a paper towel, so you don’t break the foil. Wrap the foil around the canvas at the back of it. Next, go over the foil with a cotton swab. Begin near the lines so they really ‘come out’.

Then I used a dull pencil to go around the lines and draw some patterns. Well, some patterns.. because of a lack of inspiration I just drew circles.

The next step is to apply shoe polish with a sponge all over the foil, so the polish goes into the drawn lines. Then, wipe it off again with a paper towel and let it dry.

And it’s ready. Now, the reason I’m not that happy is because the circles I drew take in too much space in comparison with the owl. And I also think the glue I used for the lines wasn’t thick enough. Maybe I should have applied a second layer of glue… I’m not sure. Well, it’s not that bad for a first try, is it? What do you think?

Lots of love,
Laura