CHALLENGE 7: ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE

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CHALLENGE 7: Teach myself to paint three “complicated” 16×20 canvases.

I’m pretty proud of myself for figuring out how to paint 8×10 canvases, and I feel ready to try more “complicated” paintings on 16×20 canvases. One down two to go! Woot!

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I have been painting up a storm during July, and I am so so so so so happy with the way my Up theme painting. I did a test run on an 8×10 canvas and loved the painting even with minor errors here and there. After touching up the 8×10 canvas one too many times, I just decided to paint a 16×20 canvas. For the background, I took the canvas outside, sat on the front lawn, brushed blue and white paint all over, and left the canvas outside to dry.

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The white bank of clouds was the first thing to paint, and I went over the bottom area just once. Mistakes were bound to happen with the quote “ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE,” and more white paint would be needed to cover the errors. I chose to paint a yellow house because I didn’t want the house to blend in the blue sky. With the flat end of a big carpenter pencil and three days, I used many different colors and shades to complete the balloons.

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“ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE” was probably the hardest part of the painting for me. At first, I tried to freehand the quote, but I really didn’t like the look. Second layer of white paint for the clouds. Next, I tried a wooden scrapbook embellishment quote “ENJOY THE VIEW” and that worked OK with some touch ups here and there. But after a day of glancing at it whenever I added more balloons to the bunch, I was not happy with the result. Hello, third layer of whit paint.

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And finally I returned to freehand and used the “dot” method. “IS OUT THERE” were the words I painted in simple capital letters and dotted the letter tips for a playful, fun look. Personally, I think dots make everything look better. I was working on a completely different project when I found some old thin cardboard letter stencils! Hmmmmmm. The stencils kind of worked — the stencils gave me a really good outline of the letter and I needed to paint in the letters and touch up some rough up edges.

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In the end, I really love my new painting and I can’t wait to hang it up on my wall of art! Plus, I really love the last two paintings before I boxed up my paint supplies and dragged out my sewing machine (I’m so overdue to mend and refashion some clothes now). I had fun painting cute little fish and impressed myself with painting “JUST KEEP SWIMMING.” And I love my first ever hedgehog holding a bunch of red heart balloons, and I free painted “LOVE” on the canvas.

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