After seeing him do it so many times, I thought surely I could figure it out. Did I look for a tutorial? Nah, I just winged it. And remember this was completed before I started blogging, so I have no step-by-step photos. You'll just have to imagine it in your head using my explanation below!
Here's the final product:
I started by setting my canvas on an easel. Only I don't own an easel so I used The Mr.'s music stand instead. Don't laugh -- it worked! The canvas actually was from another old art project which didn't fit with my colors or style any more. I used blue, white and greige paints I had on hand to blend a base color. I just used a paintbrush and worked and worked on it until it came as desired. Actually, I think I did too much blending the first time and it turned out brown instead of blue, so I let it dry and started over.
Then I gathered a few colors I wanted to use for the drips. I chose a smoky blue, a brown, and red. I also grabbed a spray bottle, a la Mr. Bromstad. I dabbed a bit of paint at the top of the canvas and sprayed a bit of water to help the paint run down the canvas. Here's where things veered away from what David does. If you look at his painting at the top of this post, you can see that he does a lot of blending. Instead, I wanted the drips to be more individual. What I ended up doing was using a paintbrush to drag the paint drop down the canvas. I started out doing each color one-by-one, spacing them out at various intervals, then I filled in and filled in until I had the drip spacing that I liked and the balance of colors how I liked too.
It hangs upstairs in our game room, as you can see below.
Honestly, I wasn't sure how I felt about it. Once I found out that my lovely sister-in-law Lydia (whose decor opinion I value) had sneaked some camera phone photos of it, and was interested in recreating it herself, I realized that it must have turned out okay!
Do you sometimes have a hard time feeling confident about things that you create too? I guess it's similar to the idea that something costing $1000 must be better than something costing $100. Maybe it is, but maybe it's just the price that elevates it in our minds.
If you didn't catch the first two projects in my Before Blogging series, check them out via these links: