Monday, January 18, 2010

Traceriffic

Wherein my roomy has a projector, I have free time and our dining room has questionable art.

It all started with this quick doodle, which is almost five years old now

Then scouring through Craigslist for a canvas which barely fit on the top of my car. Please admire my car's shininess, we'd gone to the carwash earlier.

A quick coat of oopsie beige paint (which you can't see in this picture) over the whole canvas went on first

Followed up by a ghetto projector set-up

I traced the outline in pencil, then shut off the projector and started filling in the shape with different oopsie paint before remembering to take a picture. As you can see relocating the projector was impossible.

When it was done, up it went. I want to do some touch-ups at the bottom since its easier to reach now that its hanging.

Some thoughts on the process:
Tracing was easy but painting was hard! Staying inside the lines, making sure paint was consistent and trying to follow curves was a major pain. Couple that with an image about 3 inches long but blown up to something almost five feet long means there were some pixelation issues - especially at the bottom right for some reason.

I would do it again but use the Painter's Tape Method I read about AFTER completing this project. Take painter's tape, affix to something it can be removed from later. Trace the projected image unto the tape, cut it out and use what's left as a stencil. Why didn't I think of that? :P

Making

8 comments:

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Neat method to use the projector!!! My oldest would want to know why that person doesn't have underpants on. ;)

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

Love it! And nice, shiny car you have there! (:

::cottage instincts:: said...

Coolness. I don't have a steady enough had for stuff like that, I'm more of a 'slop it on with a nappy roller' kinda painter :)

So glad you could Mi4M!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

ooo nice shiny car!! Love your doodle. Great idea with the oopsie paint.
*hugs*deb

Tiffany said...

Pretty! Love it a lot! Thanks for sharing!
-Tiff

Patti said...

What a great piece of art! - on the wall, not the shiny car!

rebecca @ older and wisor said...

Very "questionable"...right up my alley ;)

Embellished Bayou said...

I love it, you did a great job!