Sep 182008

Did you know that I’m an artist?

Neither did I.

I guess life just keeps on throwing those curveballs, ‘eh?

Here are my latest, ehrm, first painting creations: decorations to complement the fantastically interesting rice cooker, TV/VCR combo, and clothes rack in my Summer bachelor pad in Kyoto.

They didn’t come out nearly how I wanted, but I guess I can’t really complain since it was just a first attempt.

Here’s how the task was accomplished:

1) Trip to the 100 yen shop. 3 triangular canvases, 1 bag plaster, 1 large paintbrush, 1 set small brushes, 1 can black paint, 3 tubes color paint. Total: $14 (the canvases were a bit more expensive).

2) Cover apartment floor in newspaper. Mix plaster in most readily available disposable container, in my case, a plastic red party hat. Slop plaster onto canvases creating interesting designs with the ridges and valleys.

3) Once dry, paint over the plaster with glossy black paint. This will be your background, so make sure to fill in all the pits and cracks completely. Let dry.

4) Paint over the black background with (preferably glossy) colors of your liking. If you’re actually artistic you can go for some deliberate patterns, or just do what I did and slap the paint on and see where it takes you. I kind of liked the effect of painting lightly over the top, coloring the highest ridges while leaving the valleys dark.

And there you have it!

Unfortunately, I foolishly chose blue as one of my foreground colors which didn’t stand out nearly enough on the black – so I decided to create some contrast by deliberately painting over the highest ridges in sharp yellow instead. This took forever because I (also foolishly) chose oil paint, which can take weeks to dry on the thicker areas.

Since my results weren’t quite what I’d hoped for, next time I’ll start off with a clearer image in my head of the end result. You learn something new every day!

*Idea stolen from Peder. Here were his results, proof that starting with a vague idea works better than starting with none πŸ™‚

  7 Responses to “Art”

  1. So… were you two just really bored? Where did this idea come from in the first place?

  2. nice use of a red plastic party hat πŸ™‚

  3. Noz: What are u saying, the only reason to do art is if you’re really bored?? That only scientific endeavors have merit as a hobby? Yeesh!!

    Just kidding πŸ™‚ Actually there was a reason, but I’ll tell you next time we talk πŸ˜›

    Linda: You know what they say: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

  4. Hrrmph, you stole this whole tutorial from my facebook site you…you…you you thief you :p

  5. Haha…I told ya! I think I might’ve even written it while u were here πŸ˜›

  6. Glad to see you using this side of your brain.

    I always heard about your artistry when you were a wee child.

    In the true spirit of β€œReduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

    I want to see you wear that party had NOW!

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