Upcycle Progress- Street Art

This is an early stage of the painting. I had made the canvas out of three cut up cardboard pieces that I hot-glued together. I then spent a lot of time laying out the Popsicle sticks and finally hot-glued them to the boards. I then drew out an outline of the painting and made the background.

This is what the painting currently looks like. I am trying to use rainbow colors that are vibrant which are popular in street art. I haven’t started the face yet because faces are hard and I am scared to start it. I hope to make an upright stand for it using scrap wood ones ive finished painting it

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  • Abdulrahman Nashawi
    February 9, 2020 7:14 pm

    I think you have a really interesting project. I like the idea of painting on Popsicle sticks. I like you coloring progress and how you outlined your sketch first in the first picture and then you painted it. I think the colors look really good so far and you have made a great decision with your selection. One suggestion that I hope you like is to add a ‘glow in the dark’ paints. I think it would be really cool and aesthetic to outline your painting with these colors so when you turn off the light, you can see the general shape of the painting.

  • Thomas Buckholtz
    February 9, 2020 1:55 pm

    Hi Kaiya,

    This looks great so far, I really like you idea of using popsicle sticks to add a texture to the surface and contribute to the street feel of the street art aesthetic. The colors are well done, I appreciate the lighting effects you’ve pulled off with the different shades. Is this your first time painting? It could be helpful to watch some youtube tutorials on how to approach painting a face, as well as to practice on another set of popsicle sticks to give yourself a dry run. I think your popsicle format is also helpful in that if you end up really hating an attempt at the face, you could break/cut off the top third and replace it, without have to redo the body, if you’re satisfied with that. I think one other route you could consider is lightly sketching in all the details of the face with a pencil as you did with the rough outline of the composition, so that way you are just coloring within the lines. Working from light to dark colors will make it easier to mask mistakes too! Good luck.


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