This all began last Christmas, when my boyfriend asked for wall art for Christmas. A lot of our wall decorations are themed around either travelling or various nerdy fandoms that we are a part of. A lot of the prints and paintings I saw online were out of my price range at the time, so I decided to make something unique for him with the help of my sister.
Originally we had settled on recreating a print I saw online, but painting it instead. As I was shopping for supplies, though, I had an idea that I thought would turn out really cool: splatter art. It was significantly easier than the design we had picked out, and would take less time (after all, Christmas was only two days away).
I bought all of the supplies and we got to work immediately. The finished product was the Star Trek Command symbol painting you see above. He loved it, and we decided a few months later to make a collection out of it when we found four blank canvases at Goodwill for $4.50 each, and made a set of all of our favorite fandoms.
Overall, we think they turned out great! Having five as a matching set helped us fill out a blank wall in our living room. The Star Trek canvas is a 24x30 inch canvas and the others are 16x20inch canvases. The size difference wasn't intentional, it just happened that way because of the canvases we found at goodwill. It ended up working out pretty well.
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Canvas(es) of your choice in size
Varies based on size
Artist's Loft Acrylic Paint in Black, Gold, Silver, Brilliant Blue, and Emerald Green
Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint in Bright Aqua Green and Cadmium Red (4 oz)
2 inch Paint Brush
Stencils of your Choice
Varies based on what you choose. Ours were free because I printed them.
We tried to stick with colors that related to each fandom, but also matched our living room color scheme. We have red, blue, and gray in all of our living room stuff, so I tried to incorporate those colors into each painting where possible.
Here are the colors we used for each of our paintings and where we pulled the colors from:
The stenciling part can be easy or hard depending on what you decide to use as a stencil. You can purchase pre-made plastic stencils if you like, but I chose to save money by printing them out and cutting them myself.
When you make a stencil for this type of project, it's important to think about what space in the stencil you would like to be colorized and what part you do not. It's also important to think about how many pieces your stencil needs to be. For example, my platform 9 and 3/4 stencil was 3 pieces: the original outlines of the letters inside the circle, and then the middle of the 9 and the middle of the 4. My Mockingjay and Tardis stencils were all one piece.
It's important to choose an image with simple lines so that you don't confuse yourself while cutting it out. You also want to keep away from stencils that have too-skinny lines, because you must be able to put painter's tape underneath. If you are dead set on using a stencil that requires super skinny lines, I'd recommend printing your stencil on sticky paper, so that you are essentially making a giant sticker. Then, you can skip the painters' tape altogether. Be warned though - the more paint you use on the painting, the harder it will be to peel the sticker up when it's dry.
It's easy to find simple images that can be used as stencils online. Here's the ones that I used to create each of my stencils.