How to Paint Modern Astrological Sign Art (for non-artists)
While I consider myself to be somewhat creative, I do not by any means consider myself to be an artist. Lately I have felt the calling to just try new things in life, and painting is one of them. I’ve always loved painting patterns on walls such as my hallway mural, my color block bedroom, and a room which will be revealed very soon, and might actually be visible here already. 😉 However, give me a brush and ask me to paint a picture or piece of art and I bristle at the thought. Recently, I have discovered that my simplistic take on things can lend to a somewhat modern appearance in art, and I created my own modern sun just last month using paint I had leftover from walls in our home. I loved it so much, but after I hung it I realized it needed some companion pieces. The sun represents the astrological sign of Leo which both my oldest and I are, so I decided to create the three signs of the rest of the members of our family: Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus. (Thank you to Custom Picture Frames for providing me with the frames for this project- read on to see how you can get a discount! I have also used other affiliate links throughout.)
- Mixed Media Paper or heavy paper that can take heavy paint (I used this one because I wanted the large size)
- Acrylic or latex paint, 2 colors for a base and an outline
- Artist brushes
- Inspiration images
- Custom frames (I had my frames created to the size I wanted from Custom Picture Frames– Use the code CASSIE20 for 20% off your order!)
- Find images that you can recreate in your own style. As I mentioned, I am no artist, so I took to google images to find illustrations of the signs I was painting that fit the modern and simplistic style I was seeking Here are the images that I used, from The Sun, Taurus is Magic on Twitter, and , Can Stock Photo, respectively.
- Using a pencil and your inspiration graphic, sketch your image. Side note: I outlined a round plate to create the circle for virgo.
- Using your base color, paint inside and on your lines. You will be able to see the pencil lines through your paint, which is perfectly fine! Just make sure that you have erased any lines that are not where you want them. Allow your base paint to dry and then re-coat if necessary.
- Using your outlining paint, take your brush over all of the pencil lines to outline your shape. Again, allow to dry, and re-coat if necessary.
- Once they are all dry, frame them in your Custom Picture Frames. Because I was working with an exact space above a TV and I knew how much wall I had, I wanted these pieces to be square like the sun I had made, but smaller to fit the wall. I had Custom Picture Frames make their naturale modern wood frames to fit 18″ square paintings. My mixed media paper was 18″ x 24″ so I simply trimmed that to fit my frames. I love these frames because they are the exact style I wanted and feature non-reflective plexiglass which is a huge plus…. no glare! Don’t forget to use CASSIE20 so that you get 20% off.
I used the taurus for the step by step tutorial, but I wanted to show you each of the others framed as well.
Are they perfect or super artistic? No, but I painted them, and they have meaning to us and the colors work well in our home, so I am really happy with them.
I shared a sneak peek of these guys in my summer home tour just yesterday.
Because I used the same colors as the modern sun art I painted last month, the overall look is a cohesive gallery around the TV. We still hope to mount the TV to the wall just below the art (because we have a little one who likes to touch the screen with sticky toddler fingers).
For the longest time this room drove me crazy, because I just didn’t know what to do. We painted it pink in February, added a real home office nook around that time as well, and now we’ve added this art. It finally feels like a real room and not just a space with living room furniture.
I would say that the paintings finished the room, but there’s still one wall that has me stumped. We just moved Wilder’s play kitchen to it, and we have his teepee there, so perhaps we will make it totally his space… I would love to, but Chris wants this to be our living room and for Wilder to have his room be enough. The jury is still out on that one! Rather than forcing something to happen to it, I am just going to wait for divine intervention to tell me what the right plan for it is. Do you do that when working on a space, or do you try to just move and get it done. I am a mixture of both… sometimes I rush in full speed knowing exactly what I want to do, but other times, I just don’t know so I wait it out. Anyhow, I am thrilled that this room is now like 85% complete which is still a B which is good. 😉
Oh, and I also have a plan to fill that one hole in the gallery wall to the right of the TV. I recently came across this print shop and selected something that I think will be perfect! I have yet to hit order because I keep looking at her prints and drooling. I need to make up my mind! Go check out her shop now, and also go get yourself some paper and some paint, and give this simple modern art a whirl! We all have it in us. 🙂