Monday, June 15, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday ..Birth of a Canvas Floorcloth Pt.2




In the last post I painted the double border on my canvas. Next I am going to locate the center of the cloth and paint a large circle(approx 10 1/2 inches) in a butterscotch color and border it with a thin line of the red used earlier. It is important that each section that is painted is allowed to dry thoroughly. I am not the most patient artist, so this does not come easy to me, but it makes a difference.



Above is the final design in pencil after connecting all my marks, I free handed the little in- between points.

For my harlequin diamond design in the background I wanted four centered diamonds across. My cream center rectangle measured 30 inches across, so I marked the 15 inch center and again at 7 1/2 inches on each side of the 15. Who says you will never use that high school math ;-) I did this at each short end of my cloth. Next I used my yard stick to connect the four corners, making a large X. I then started marking my diagonal lines by connecting the previous 7 1/2 in. and 15 in. marks down to the opposite sides. I measure as I go to keep the width of the lines even all the way across. Try not to pencil through your center star pattern. Draw with pencil to the edge and pick up line again on the other side of star. I sure hope this is making sense..if not, look at the photos and they should demonstrate pretty well what I am doing. The final lines are some small compass points I added in between the larger..you can see them in the photo below..click on it to get a closer look

6 comments:

bee said...

love when Monday runs into Tuesday :-) thanks for the post.

Lovin the bag.... I have my own bag project. another shower gift... this time not a baby show but a wedding show and the number is 75 little bags I will be busy :-)

Fifi Flowers said...

ANother FAB creation!

Carapace said...

How very cool! What kind of paint are you using?

janet said...

For this floorcloth I am using very high quality acrylic paint. I usually use good brand name latex paint that I find at my local hardware store in the 'OOPS' section. I love it when people make mistakes in their color choices ;-)..I get the benefit of their returns.

Wanda said...

You make it look so easy and doable Janet...you are very talented and patient...

Diane said...

This is coming along nicely. What a beautiful design you have chosen! Can't wait to see the finished product :)