Painting Tips on St. Patty’s Day

First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’ve been feeling nostalgic over my trip to Ireland a few months ago. This seemed like the perfect occasion to turn some of my travel photos into art.
I would never call myself a painter. Sure I took classes all the way up through college, but it’s only ever been a hobby. If you’re like me, maybe some of my painting hacks can help you out.
  • My first step is to find a few photographs that I love.
  • Make sure to have more than one painting going at a time. This will keep you from over working a piece.
  • Use pastels or light pencils to sketch a rough layout while looking to the photo as a guide.
  • Lightly paint a base layer of very watered down paint. Keep an eye out for the light sources and shadows.
  • Take it slow. Do a little work and then wait half an hour to come back to each painting. This will help you see your work in a new light.
  • If you’re not sure how you feel about the work you’ve done, take a photo of it. Seeing how things look through a lens can sometimes bring a new inspiration.
  • Once you feel like you’ve finished, pick your favorites and frame them. A good frame goes a long way.

Good luck and happy painting!

Painting Tips / Happy St. Patrick's Day / Crafted in Carhartt
Painting Tips / Happy St. Patrick's Day / Crafted in Carhartt
Painting Tips / Happy St. Patrick's Day / Crafted in Carhartt
Painting Tips / Happy St. Patrick's Day / Crafted in Carhartt
Painting Tips / Happy St. Patrick's Day / Crafted in Carhartt

The D89 Backpack

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Take a closer look here:

D89 Carhartt Backpack / Crafted in Carhartt
Carhartt D89 Backpack

Travel Essentials

Carhartt Ireland / Crafted in CarharttCarhartt Ireland / Crafted in CarharttCarhartt Ireland / Crafted in CarharttCarhartt Ireland / Crafted in CarharttCarhartt Ireland / Crafted in CarharttCarhartt Ireland / Crafted in CarharttCarhartt Ireland / Crafted in CarharttCarhartt Ireland / Crafted in CarharttPacking for a long trip is a lot easier with some of my favorite Carhartt gear. As I’ve mentioned before in a post about road trip hacks, it’s important to be practical. Items that can be used more than once are essential. That goes for hats, jackets, and bags alike.

Most of my travel is around the US, searching for the ultimate Carhartt women. This trip however, was across the entire country of Ireland. Rain and wind are not match for most of my gear. Take a closer look at two of my top picks:

Carhartt Ireland / Crafted in Carhartt
The Carhartt Legacy Tool Pouch
Carhartt Ireland / Crafted in Carhartt
The Carhartt Legacy Gear Bag