Clip Art Paintings

Art in a room is like ice cream on apple pie (since I don’t get the appeal of a cherry on top), it isn’t complete without it.
I have been looking for the perfect art for my eldest daughter’s room. The difficulty with art is the price, even prints can start to add up quickly. I’m reluctant to spend that kind of money for something of purely decorative value when we haven’t even spent money on a much needed mattress, preferably one without springs poking me in the back. Yep, time to get creative. 

Do It Yourself Using Clip Art
When all else fails, do it yourself. I’m very particular about my art, and although I can ‘kind of’ do something akin to painting *grimace*, it just isn’t good enough…so I decided to cheat. I went looking for the perfect clip art online and even a few photographs of the kids, and yes I pretty much did a paint-by-numbers job. 

Here’s How

Copy the smaller image to print rather than downloading an image, the more pixilated the picture the better. Paste into photoshop (or any photo editing program will do) to change the hue to match that of the room you are decorating.  Print in color the desired size onto card stock. Paint right on top, to follow the original shading & lighting. Mixing colors to stay as close to the print as possible makes your picture pretty fool proof. It’s as easy as that!

Painting Tips

Experiment with different paint strokes. Small short strokes or dots are the easiest and give an impressionistic air to your painting. I like to go outside the line of the photo, it makes it feel more authentic.

Acrylics work the best, but believe me you can work with whatever paints you have. I’ve dipped into the kids watercolor bin for a few paint projects myself! I even used a bit of leftover interior paint on this project, well I needed more white paint…

Begin painting immediately after printing, the ink will be fresh enough to mingle and even help tint your paint. Don’t think that you need to cover every inch of the photo with paint, the paints blend in nicely with the ink creating a seamless transition between the two.

Add lots of texture. Small globs of paint throughout will ensure no one suspects your artwork as anything less. Plus, the extra texture adds another element of beauty!

Venture out with color. Once you feel comfortable with your new found ‘skill’, be a little more bold with your paint hue. Just because I love the original photo and colors doesn’t mean I can’t tweak the shades a bit, or add more highlights. You’re giving it your own personal flair.

I got so carried away painting for my eldest munchkins room, I just kept right on… hope I find a space for these little guys. Oh, and the perfect frames!


7 Comments on Clip Art Paintings

  1. S.Tyler
    May 14, 2015 at 2:08 pm (6 years ago)

    I love your whole blog and all your very creative ideas! Thanks for sharing! I am excited to try the clipart painting and the landscape abstract – I LOVE the wood frame ideas.
    I also really like the layout and functionality of your page – great work on it too!

    • Ursula Carmona
      May 14, 2015 at 9:03 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you Stacy! I’m so glad you are here! 🙂

  2. Pam
    September 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm (7 years ago)

    This is a wonderful idea. I can’t wait to give it a try. You have a very precious blog, and some great ideas. I am just loving going through and reading.

    • Ursula Carmona
      September 25, 2013 at 9:33 am (7 years ago)

      Thank you Pam! I’m glad you are enjoying…lovely supportive readers (like yourself) make sharing just that much more wonderful! 😉

  3. himanshi rana
    March 22, 2013 at 3:27 am (8 years ago)

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  4. Larissa Hill Designs
    January 14, 2013 at 10:03 am (8 years ago)

    LOVE IT!!! Thx for sharing your great painting tips. Can’t wait to try them out. Heather

    • Ursula Carmona
      January 15, 2013 at 8:34 am (8 years ago)

      Thank you! I would love to see how they turn out! 😀


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