Our recent ‘Crafternoon’ activity (thank you to my awesome friend that came up with this Crafternoon phrase!!) was DIY Overpainting. We strolled along Portobello Market last week to scour the bric-a-brac stalls. Typically the best stalls for this kind of stuff are towards Golborne Road end and Golborne road itself (Friday’s and Saturdays). The aim was to pick up a couple of old framed paintings for as little as possible. So we ended up finding 3 fab pictures which we got for a total of £10. One for my son Harry, one for my sister Libby and one for me.
When we returned home, I asked the guys to pick a painting and then I helped them remove it from it’s frame. Getting out my stash of Acrylic paints including some vibrant neon colours, we each prepared a colour selection and got our paintbrushes at the ready 🙂
The purpose of this craft is to liven up an old painting using fresher colours and injecting new life into it. The idea is to ‘upcycle’ these. Using your choice of paints (whether they be acrylic, oil, watercolours etc) you apply the colour to the already existing design. You can add texture with different varying brush strokes and techniques and even experiment with tools and materials.
Harry’s landscape picture was the perfect canvas for him. He knew from the start that he only wanted to paint the sky and hills. More often than not, when we get the paints out, he still always goes for the ‘dark’ colours, so it was inevitable that this would be the case again! Using shades of greens and blue’s he’s updated the top half of the picture leaving the existing design as is on the bottom half. I love what he’s done- it’s kind of eerie!
Libby chose the flower picture and added some bright pinks and yellows to give new life to her arrangement. I love the various strokes she’s used to add a bit of a whimsical feel to it.
I was left with the painting of the church and Field’s. I wanted to brighten mine up as much as possible so I chose the neon orange and pink colours for the trees and grass. What’s more exciting than bright orange cows?! The church I painted in gold, to give it a slight metallic feel.
I think the results are fantastic. It’s my NEW FAVOURITE activity. So much so that I found two more floral pictures that I had in my bathroom and decided to Overpaint these too!
Give it a go 🙂