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

Do It Yourself: Mixed Media Collage with Faina of Popps Packing

DIY: Collage Art on Crafted in Carhartt
DIY: Collage Art on Crafted in Carhartt
DIY: Collage Art on Crafted in Carhartt
DIY: Collage Art on Crafted in Carhartt
DIY: Collage Art on Crafted in Carhartt
DIY: Collage Art on Crafted in Carhartt

DIY: Collage Art on Crafted in Carhartt

When it comes to being creative and artistic, it can be tough to know where to start. It often helps to have a guide or inspiration to serve as a jumping off point. Faina Lerman of Popps Packing in Detroit creates mixed media masterpieces. She’s going to walk you through the steps to make some art on your own.

Supplies:

  • Matt medium
  • Bristol board or watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint or gouache
  • Drawing Materials of choice: pencils, markers, highlighters and pens.
  • Collage cut outs (small pieces from magazines like national geographic, newspapers or fashion magazines.
  • A cup of water
  • Paper towel
  • Small watercolor brushes

Step 1: cut out collage pieces to have on hand before you begin. Choose things that have interesting colors and shapes. Make sure to cut out shapes carefully and include details. Make the shapes interesting not just a square or a circle, it is fun to reconfigure some of the images. For example, cut out a zebra in the shape of a frog.

Step 2: create an atmospheric color field on your paper. This will be the background for the collage. Try not to over work it. Use a wash or watery mixture of the colors. Think of the sky or a foggy day.

Step 3: pick out a few collage pieces to arrange on the paper. Play around with the composition. Do not glue anything until you are completely happy with the arrangement.

Step 4: mix some matt medium with water. Using your small brush paint the medium on the back of the cut out. Cover it completely. Place the collage piece on the paper and give it a quick brushing over the top to secure it in place. Try to brush out all the wrinkles.

Step 5: Let it dry. This is a good time to start another. I work on multiple pieces at one time.

Step 6: draw some marks or designs on the paper to enhance the image or to give it some extra layers. This creates a nice added texture to the collage.

take a look at Faina’s outfit here:  Carhartt Women’s Coleharbor Hoodie & Clarksburg Zip-Front Sweatshirt