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How To Make Art Without Skill

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Published October 15th 2011
I am sure everyone would love to have some artistic skills so that they can proudly display their work on their walls and then of course when the praise comes forth from their visitors to be able to say humbly, 'Oh that's just a little something I have been working on'. The only problem is that often we do not have the artistic skills to match our artistic desires. One way to get around this is to use some simple tricks to make your art skills to look better than they really are.

Now the first thing to do is to go buy some canvas to paint your pretty pictures on.

The Art of Clothes

1. Get a large canvas. The larger the better. The bigger the canvas is the more it looks like you are a professional who knows what you are doing.

2. Paint the entire canvas one solid colour.

Now with me I chose to paint my canvas a solid black. But choose a colour that works for you. If you are planning on using this in a particular room choose your paint to match with the room's colours – curtains, cushions etc. My lounge-room is coffee brown walls, red sofa and a couple of red and black accessories. Therefore having a black canvas worked with that colour scheme.

Remember to paint the sides and tops of the canvas as well so that colour blends in all together and you don't have horrible white lines of unpainted canvas to the side.

3. Find a funky piece of clothing. Something retro could work well, perhaps something that you couldn't fit into but still like.

For my project I used an old fashioned slip in a cream colour. To add a bit of interesting colour to it I hand-sewed some red ribbon at the top of the torso. I also pinned a rosette of red ribbon where the heart would be, leaving one thin line to drape down.

Potentially this could also be a great way to remember your children as babies by using some of their baby clothes (perhaps a Christening outfit or something they wore to a special event) and using this special item as your piece of clothing.

4. Pin or sew or glue the clothing to the canvas.

I chose to use the rule of thirds when placing my slip on the canvas and so I placed it more to one side because apparently that draws people's eyes towards the picture. The best idea before you permanently glue or sew it onto it is to pin the clothing in place and work on it a few times to make sure you are happy with the angle. Then if you want it to be permanent, glue or sew into place.

5. Now you can finish there and simply display, or you could add some other items.

I tied a brown cord around mine and also painted a red hand mark on the side to get it to match with the other colours in the room. You could also try including feathers, scarves, sequins, postcards or anything really that makes it more a piece of art work.
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Why? Making art is fun
When: You have the time and the inclination
Where: At your home
Cost: Depends on paint, canvas and the clothing you are going to stick on it.
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