Paint Your Own Spring Art

      Spring is finally here and Professional Artist Elida Field showed us how we can all make a beautiful spring canvas even if you've never painted before!

      Materials List:
      ~any sized canvas (demo is 24"x24")
      ~acrylic paints (pthalo blue, cadmium yellow, titanium white, silver)
      ~large brushes (2"-3")
      ~specialty smooth brush (extra)
      ~small 1/2" angled brush for painting the sides.
      ~throw away paper palette.
      ~ bucket of water
      ~paper towels
      ~hangers/wire/mounting materials for the back of the painting.
      ~high gloss finishing spray
      How to create the "Cool Toned Colorsplash":
      1. Squirt a fair amount of paint spaced apart on your paper palette.
      2. Dip your large brush in water and then into your darkest color of paint (pthalo blue). With large
      horizontal strokes, start at the top of your canvas and work your way down going back and forth
      3. Keep dipping your brush into the water and reapplying to your canvas so you have even strokes of color.
      4. Clean your brush completely and make some clear strokes of water below the line of color you just painted.
      5. Now dip your brush into the next color (cadmium yellow) and work some paint back onto the canvas overlapping the darker color on the top so that the lines mix but also are fading into the lighter color.
      6. Continue this process down the canvas, into the yellow, silver, and white. You can use your smaller brush to add a little white into various places in the painting to give it some variation.
      7. Using your smallest brush, paint around the edges of the canvas for a finished look.
      8. Let the painting dry completely and then finish by spraying with a high gloss spray. A attach the
      hangers and wire on the back.
      Hang the painting horizontally for a water or sky feel. For a more contemporary look...hang the piece vertically. Enjoy!l