| WHAT YOU NEED |
Stretched Canvas / Paint brush / Paint / Pencil
| HOW I MADE IT |
Deciding on what I wanted in my head was easy. Translating it in to something I could make was a little harder. I started by simplifying - the shape and the font. Having something brush-stroke in style also meant that I didn't need to worry about perfect lines either, which helps!
I practiced a few fonts before deciding on the style I wanted and then traced this on to the canvas lightly with pencil.
With gold paint and a brush around 4cm wide, I used my practice for reference and made two long strokes from the middle top towards each bottom corner. Using the side of the brush at the top for a thinner line and then pushing the brush down to create a thicker line towards the bottom.
Next, I added a curve at the bottom, horizontal strokes at each third point and some additional strokes to fill in the shape:
This was a lot less 'free' and I did find it a little harder - but for my first attempt, I am fairly happy with the result. I gave myself the best chance by taking my time, using a light hand and adding more paint as I went between each letter.
...and just to prove that you can change your mind or make alterations later on, I wasn't completely happy with the Eiffel Tower shape - so I took some damp paper towel to the canvas to rub away the top and thinned this out:
Once completely happy with the overall look, I added a little more depth and interest, highlighting some areas with more paint:
It's a simple piece of DIY art that can add a little colour, break colour up, or even tie in some of your favourite pieces: