I love wall art but so often it is out of my budget. While browsing Anthropologie, I came across this fun one of a kind drawing. I loved how colorful it was but the $600 price tag was definitely not an option.
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Recently, I decided to pull out my old pastels and canvases and make some DIY wall art. I chose to use a canvas panel (instead of a traditional canvas), because it is thinner and provides a hard surface to draw on.
Unfortunately, I was just playing around so I didn’t take step by step pics for the blog. However, below is a breakdown of how I used pastels to create my version of this picture.
Note: Pastels are messy so be sure to lay paper towels underneath the canvas.
- Set up your workspace and choose your pastel colors (I chose orange, red, and blue).
- Draw the basic shapes first—in my drawing, I chose to draw circles.
- Add dimension by blending the pastels together with your fingers, do this SLOWLY until you get the desired blended look. In my example, I blended the orange and red colors together but left the blue separate.
- Use a damp paper towel to wipe off any unwanted chalk residue.
Note: Because chalk pastels are messy and easily smudge, you will need to preserve your drawing by lightly spraying hairspray (a trick I learned in elementary school) over the picture.