Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tutorial: Hand-painted detail, the easy way

I'll be the first one to tell you that I can't free-hand paint worth beans. Once in a while I'll try it, but I'm usually not very happy with the results. It takes patience, practice, a steady hand and skill. I really can't claim to have any of those. So when I want to add some detail to a piece, I have to kind of, um, cheat. A little bit.

Take this chair, for instance. I shared it a while ago.
It needed some more interest so I painted a bird on the back.

I DID NOT free-hand paint the bird. I traced it. I'm going to show you how I did the same thing to this shelf thingy.

Before I could paint, though, I wanted to take full advantage of the design of this shelf. I added a dowel rod to the bottom so that it could be a a shelf and a towel or blanket rack.

Now to paint the detail. First, choose your image and print it to the size you want. Then scribble all over the BACK of the design with pencil.

Turn the image face up, position it the way you want on your piece and trace it, applying plenty of pressure with your pencil.

This will transfer the graphite from the back of the paper onto your surface and give you a nice clear guide for painting.

Then it's just a matter of filling it in or tracing over the lines with paint. Erase any showing pencil marks after it's dry and you're done!

Bear with me- I had some fun dressing up this new shelf.

It'd look great in a bathroom.

Or in a kitchen.

Or anywhere just holding your treasures.






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12 comments:

Kate @ http://weekendcharm.blogspot.com/ said...

This is so cute, great job! I think I will finally give "hand" painting a try on my newest project! Thank you!

Jacqueline said...

Brilliant! I saw this on Pinterest and am saving it. You should get lots of traffic from this! Great idea.

Melissa said...

Awesome! Another great tutorial by Diddle Dumpling. :) Love your site!

Anonymous said...

You can also use transfer paper, JoAnn's or Michael's sell it, black, grey and white

Nicholine Follert said...

I've also seen that if you put a piece of newspaper between the design and the chair and trace if transfers the design as well,, its not as dark as yours though :)

Vicky Coombs said...

Vicky ...
Great idea! Loved the designs but wonder what kind of paint you used - acrylic, gouache?
And did you use something to seal the paint?

You've got my creative juices flowing!

Terry Cady said...

Since you are already drawing with a pencil, it would be easy to switch to a sheet of clear plastic and a craft knife.Then you have a stencil, which could also be flipped if you wanted a mirror image on the other side. I've done some pretty complex stencils that I then used on paper and fabric and they were really easy.

Terry Cady said...

Since you are already drawing with a pencil, it would be easy to switch to a sheet of clear plastic and a craft knife.Then you have a stencil, which could also be flipped if you wanted a mirror image on the other side. I've done some pretty complex stencils that I then used on paper and fabric and they were really easy.

Αμαλία said...

What a great idea!!!!!
Thank you very much!!
Amalia from Greece!!

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Anonymous said...

I used this method when I was young! had forgotten about it.. Thanks for reminding me!! Cheers from down under.. Ned

Stonemaven said...

I miss Carbon Paper. It made this so simple.