I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a fan of acrylic paint. I started out as a watercolor painter, and I tend to get in trouble with my fellow artist friends for watering my acrylics down and using them as if they’re watercolors rather than using them for the benefits that come with acrylics. One thing I will say, though, is that I adore the opaqueness that comes with acrylic. That opaqueness allows for the layering in this quick and easy project. So, lets paint!
1. Prep your canvas or board (for projects like these, I get a $12 board from home depot and have my awesome step-dad cut it into canvas sized pieces. This time, I wound up with 42 smaller boards to work with. I just sand it, prime it, and paint). White gesso comes in large bottles fairly cheap, if you need something with which to prime. 2. Paint your background layer – I chose a turquoise/teal color. 3. Paint a contrasting or complimentary color onto the bubble side of bubble wrap. This turns out better, I think, if you do it unevenly – thicker paint in some areas and minimal or no paint in others. 4. Lightly press bubble wrap onto canvas, being careful not to smear it. Let this dry. 5. Paint the thick end of a plastic cup with a different contrasting color, and stamp the painting with it. Let dry. 6. Paint the rim of the plastic cup with a lighter version of the previous color, and stamp again.
Voila! You have art! Here’s another one I did in grey and yellow for Meghan. ♥