I recently picked up painting and wanted to share a few tips for getting started. I've always been artistic (mainly into drawing), but had let the hobby dwindle in recent years. After picking it back up again, not only does my house look more fabulous, but I feel more creatively fulfilled and excited to pursue new things. I'm looking at the world through a "could I paint that?" lens. Here are my tips for getting started.
After taking up painting (see my "getting started with painting" post for tips on how to do this!), I learned that, as an amateur, framing my canvases could make my pieces look more polished and better than they actually are. But framing paintings can be really expensive if you don’t DIY, so I quickly got to work learning how to do it myself. There are many different levels of framing, and here I’ll show you the very easiest one. Anyone can do it, it requires no power tools or specialized supplies, and it costs about $5 in materials! This method works for any canvases that are stretched on wood frames. The method I’ll show you how to do is called a “flush mount,” but you can easily adapt it to make it look more like a floating mount (like with the blue painting to the left).
I'd been lusting after a classic Eames lounge chair for years when I came across a knock-off in a used furniture store in town. This was a knock-off from around the same era as the Eames proper (unlike the more modern knock-off Eames lounges, which, honestly, are still super nice!), made by Plycraft, and in my opinion it still looks pretty damn cool. But this one was a mess: splitting in the plywood, cracks in the leather (not the good kind), and rust *everywhere*. But for $125 I wasn't going to pass it up. When I got it home I realized how bad the damage was: I couldn't even safely sit in the chair because of a crack in the plywood where the back attached to the seat.