Mrs. Fixit: Faux Oil Painting

March 22, 2009 11:05:31 AM PDT
Oil paintings can add a touch of elegance to your home, but they can be pretty pricey, so what do ya do? Well, you can "paint" your own. Or rather faux paint your own. I'll show you how!

Part of the beauty of an oil painting is the way that the brush strokes catch the light and give the painting depth. So look for recreating the brush strokes on a art print!

Pick out a nice quality print, poster, map or even calender page, beyond the print you'll need some gesso that you can pick up at any craft store or some water based polyurethane and some brushes.

Start by tacking your art work to a flat surface so it doesn't move around while you're working.

Then start by adding brush strokes to the whole print. a cross hatch motion will give you the depth that you want. it goes on thick and white but it dries clear.

Let it dry a little and then go back with a few different sized brushes, and add some flourishes where the painter might have highlighted somethings like fruit or flowers.

Once you're happy with your embellishments, let it dry completely and then frame the piece.

I'm going to let these dry. But this is one that I did earlier and notice the brush strokes, it looks like a real oil painting. For a fraction of the cost. I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple.

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