Paint Your Own Art for Your Walls | At Home With P. Allen Smith

Paint Your Own Art for Your Walls  | At Home With P. Allen Smith


Do you have an empty wall that’s just staring
at you and it needs a piece of art, but you’re not sure what you need to buy or maybe you
can’t afford really what you want? Why not paint your own? My friend Mitchell shows you
how easily it can be done. What’s wrong with this wall? It’s empty. I need to make something
to fix it. Come on. Okay, here’s the deal: You go to an art supple store and this size
canvas runs upwards of 100 bucks — no kidding. Sometimes you can get them on sale for 45
– 50 bucks. But a lot times, they can be as much as 100 if they’re already stretched.
If you go to a thrift store in your neighborhood, you can usually get them for $3, $7. But they
have a really bad painting on them. I went and got a really bad painting. And I don’t
wanna insult the artist of this really terrible painting, so I went ahead and did my first
step before. But believe me, it was hideous. So what I did was I took an old bed sheet
and just torn a piece, because what we do want is texture in our painting. So I’m just
gonna make a basic abstract painting using all the colors that are already in that room
and following the basic rules of 3. I’ve got some leftover paint from the walls. And let’s
just do, just to show you that it’s easy and you can do this and this works, we’ll just
do a basic circle. And we’re just gonna utilize all the bumps and bruises that came with this
painting. And I’m just gonna kind of go in here like this. Still, following the rules
of thirds, I’m just getting my little composition out here right now. I’m not even pretending
this is anything yet — we might. I might start pretending it’s something in a little
bit. You wanna make sure with a gallery wrap canvas that the sides get painted. This is
paper from another project that’s going on in my room. So this will kind of tie that
in. And this where the polycrylic comes in – it’s kind of like clear plastic. You can
also use Mod Podge for this. But if we’re going with the paint, I like the texture.
When this dries it’ll be shiny. And I’m blending this in. I think I’ll put this like, oh, right
there. So we’re staying over here a third right now. Kind of crossing over just a little
but keeping the heaviness of this blue on this side. What I’m doing here is just making
sure it all gets coated with the polyurethane, so I’m sliding it through there. And then
I’m just using my fingers. Right now, this is sort of starting to take on kind of an
organic look to me — that’s what I’m starting to see. So I’m just gonna put this green down
here in the lower thirds. This is just regular old acrylic, like, cheap, cheap acrylic craft
paint. And I’m gonna do it kinda thick and just kinda drag my brush through. There’s
so many ways to do this and you can’t do it wrong. What I’m trying to do is not blend
these colors together. I like keeping them separated so that they don’t get muddy. But
it doesn’t matter. I think we’ve done this lower third, this third, and we’ve got this
— this is our heaviest color is over here in this area. Composition-wise, we’re pretty
much finished. I can be done with this. However, I wanna just pour a little bit more of this.
I’m going to just pour a little bit more of this clear coat. When it dries, it’ll look
all melded together. It won’t look like it’s just laying on top of something. You wanna
make it look finished. This will give it a finished effect. Once last thing I wanna do
red, just because I like having red. So I’m just gonna quickly, quickly just do one little
red circle. I’m just gonna do that, kinda blend it in. Okay. And in just a few minutes
time with some extra paint I had and a thrift store canvas and an old bed sheet, I’ve got
a painting that matches the space I wanna put it in that is the right size for the space.
Whatever size wall you wanna cover — it can be small, big, whatever. Or you can even do
three canvases, three smaller canvases to fill a big wall. But you can not go wrong
with this project, and it’s really fun, and I did it with stuff I already had laying around
that you probably do to.

24 thoughts on “Paint Your Own Art for Your Walls | At Home With P. Allen Smith

  1. Very cool. Thanks! I like having a whatever attitude when doing anything with art. The less I concern myself with the little details the better I enjoy the end product. Haha. The imperfectness of it adds to the quality of the art as much as any other part most of the time.

  2. ts really easy you need just to relax and enjoy what you doing art is not about perfection
    also best way to fight stress for me its second way but the best is sport

  3. very cool, but I would have loved to seen the final painting completed on the wall that inspired her at the beginning of the vid.

  4. for all you people saying this painting is terrible, its abstract and you dont have to like it, its not going in your room

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