It should go without saying that the yard sale season is over here in central Pennsylvania. It’s early December, after all.
But we’re not discouraged. We can find deals anywhere — and brush up on our artists chops at the same time.
How, you ask? We mix our love of bargain-hunting with some creativity.
To start off, he visited his local Salvation Army and Goodwill stores and bought up a variety of old paintings. But he wasn’t just going to hang them up on his wall as a kitschy testament to people’s awful taste and failed aspirations. Instead, he added something to each painting.
He added monsters!
You can do the same with illustrations you find at thrift stores. It appears McMahon uses only actual paintings, but it’s easier to find old prints at thrift stores. Either works.
Once you’ve made your purchase, you’ll need to:
- Buy a selection of opaque acrylic craft paints. You’ll want to buy colors with a tint that matches you painting.
- Buy a variety of paint brushes.
- Wipe dust off the painting with a damp cloth.
- Paint the main color of your add-in first.
- Add highlights for depth.
- Paint in some simple details.
- Let it dry.
- Add a sealant like Mod Podge.
A few additional points worth noting:
- Assuming you’re willing to sacrifice a Salvo purchase, this project will be fun for kids.
- You don’t have to get stuck on monsters — you can add flowers, clowns, Mickey Mouse, kitty cats or whatever you choose.
- If you don’t think you’ve got the art skills to pull it off, don’t worry. Half the fun is making your art and the other art not match.
- If you’re still worried about not being able to paint things well, then just have fun making the painting look different. Add mustaches to people. Stick some graffiti on a building. Paint a tree an entirely different color.
Visit Christopher McMahon’s Deviant Art page! Buy his prints too, even if you don’t get a discount.Read More