How to make a painting out of a digital photo?

I wanted to make a picture of my girlfriend and I for X-Mas. I am no artist but I thought maybe I could trace it and paint that. Unfortunately I couldn't figure out how to transfer that onto the canvas. I'm really just out of ideas. Can anyone help me? I want it to look like vector art but I don't have the Photoshop skills to do that and also I want it to be tactile as opposed to digital. I'm including what I came up with after many, many screw ups. Thank you.

Posted by JoshyLee 7 years ago


not good just want to stop rust

I dont want a good job or a really bad job just want to cover or stop the car from rusting just want ok job will a spray can of mach paint from parts house work or  a cheap spray can from friend work

Posted by wingram 5 years ago


Painting a jacket

I tried painting a black cloth jacket with white acrylic paint. I painted two layers of paint on it, which I thought would be enough, but later, it started to fade. And after a wash, it was a pure disaster. So I am planning on painting another jacket, so this time, I want it to be perfect. Any tips to preserve the design, or how to paint it, blah blah??? Thanks a load (if help shows up). PS I ve added a pic of my jackets current condition

Posted by nk97 7 years ago


Painting with Light at the Halloween party

My friend Zack and I set up a light painting station on one corner of the deck at last night's Halloween party. We had some flashlights and some LEDs to play with and a lot of the images came out pretty good.Check out the full flickr set.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Hi, I'm new. Any other painters here?

Hi!  My name is Teresa.  This is my first post here.  Anyone else here paint?  I paint in acrylics mostly. 

Posted by tdye84 6 years ago


Light painting with lasers

Fade Out is a system of "painting" an image on a photoluminescent surface with lasers. It was developed by Daito Manabe and Motoi Ishibashi and can create different shades of green depending on the timing of the laser. Check out the video below to see what I mean. The source image from the webcam is used for the image that's put on the wall. via pinktentacle

Posted by fungus amungus 7 years ago


painting 7' latex balloon to look like the moon

Hello out there curious and creative Instructables! I am planning on turning a 7' white latex balloon into the Moon. I plan on painting it after it is inflated. I wondered if anyone has had any experience painting on balloons. What kind of paint will adhere and flex with the balloon? I also intend to light it from inside so the it will "glow". I don't know how to determine what kind/how many LED's to use to create the right amount of glow. Since the balloon will be large, do I need to worry about the heat from the LED's? I can keep the battery or AC connection on the outside of the balloon and above it on the ceiling so that it will not show. Put your thinking caps on and help me out once again.Thanks!'

Posted by addinar 9 years ago


HELP!!!! I need to rescue my mural!!!

My husband and I donated time to a friend's business to paint a huge mural on the interior of their restaurant. It looks like the business might have to shut down, and we are trying to figure out if there's any way to rescue pieces of the mural. It was painted with acrylic paint, over plaster, which is over brick. There are some portions painted on plywood -- those will be easy to save. It's the stuff painted on the plaster that I am concerned about. I have considered transfer medium as an option but I don't know what kind would work best, and I've also considered wall surgery, but it seems like the plaster would just crumble. HELP!!!! Link to pics of the mural below. It took FOREVER to do. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetomatopizza/sets/72157629193389337/

Posted by KedaDibandion 5 years ago


Light graffiti warfare

There have been many cool animations done with light graffiti, but this one by Freddie Wong is the first I've seen that takes an action movie approach. Check it out. Related: Painting with Light LED Light Drawing Pens via Neatorama Behind the scenes:

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


A bit of a painting project I've started (3rd UPDATE)

Me and my gf have decided to tackle a project recently out of curiosity and boredom. My Ariens YT12 could use a new painting. I had took the angle grinder to the a$$ end of the tractor and cleaned up the rusted parts and scraped up the painted areas. I had a fight with the angle grinder for a brief few seconds and messed up my arm a bit, so I decided not to do any more grinding with the wire cup. I've since put on a couple coats of black spray enamel paint, and I've even painted over other areas too not just the rust spots, I tried to wipe down the machine with a wet cloth the best that I could. I've given it a few coats but I might have to go around yet and touch up some other spots, I DO plan on doing more painting to the frame soon, but maybe when it's nicer out and not so windy. Heres the kicker, when my gf gets home, we've already cut out some really neat looking stencils and we plan on spray-painting the hood of the tractor, I'm not sure if I should rough up the surface first or just leave it be and clean it with a wet cloth before painting. It's going to be the coolest looking hood ever (I hope if it turns out how I'm hoping). Stay tuned I'll upload MOAR pictures soon! Update!!!! I've added some more pictures I just took them after peeling the stencil off my tractor's hood. I got more paint splatter than I would have liked, but overall I'm pleased with how it came out. I have MORE pictures to come as I finish the black stripe. 2nd Update: I just peeled the painters tape off and I like how clean-cut the stripe looks, however there was some seepage and I need to touch it up. 'Should still make the neighbors jealous though. 3rd Update: I've put the hood back ON the tractor, and I think it looks pretty damn snazzy if you ask me! Check out the last picture in the list to see what I'm talking about!

Posted by Punkguyta 8 years ago


More Art Work

Well just post anything you have drwn or painted, burned, carved, sculpted or anything else. Well here is my feeble attempt at GIMP for the first time. Please if you comment on someone's art, don't be harsh. It's called constructive criticism. This is supposed to be Leonidas from 300. I'm still working on it so please comment. I would say that the most noticeable thing it the pixelation of the head dress. I will go over it with the airbrush to smoothen it up.

Posted by heavy.metal.nguyen 10 years ago


Need help with shadows

I've been working on a few black and white pieces, and I seem to be having issues with shadows and illuminations. The ones I already have in place make the image distorted and even more eerie than their supposed to be. I know that I do use grey in the pieces, but I want shadows to be a pure black and lighting to be a pure white. Can anyone give me some advice on how to fix this issue? The man with the umbrella is the most troublesome. I cant quite figure out how to illuminate the umbrella, and the shadow he makes is first off, the incorrect shape, but secondly, in grey. I did that to try and distinguish the difference between his feet and his shadow, but I would still like an actual black shadow in the finished product. (help!) The children have a really creepy feeling to them. I want to lighten up the whole mood of the piece by just a notch, and I think the way of doing that would be to add more light to the shadows on their clothing. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

Posted by rowdyrosiepiper 7 years ago


Painting basketball shoes

I want to pep up these shoes. So my idea was to paint them, so can anyone tell me how to paint it, what paint to use and suggest colors and designs. And will the paint stay after rough use (playing basketball) and wash? Any way to make it permanent? Thx in advance.

Posted by nk97 7 years ago


Hand Painting Wine Glasses

I have always used Folkart Enamel paint to paint my wine glasses and never had any problems.   This paint is now changing to the GLOSS only in stores, I can't find it in the non-gloss anymore.    Why does the paint start cracking when I put on the 2nd coat of paint?  I'm cleaning with alcohol first, waiting 30 minutes, then painting and it still want adhere to the glass with a 2nd coat. See picture below. 

Posted by jccgeorge 3 years ago


wall painting side effect

Recently I painted my daughter's room with pink color (egg shell finish). Unfortunately there is lot of pink color reflection in the room. entire room feels pink, even ceiling, door and closet are white. It seems that color was darker side of pink. In the past when the room had white color, two bulbs gave good light. Now even with 4 bulbs not enough light.  I saw many houses with different colors, but never felt such type of huge color reflection. Now this room is no more good for studying. Why it happend? How can I fix it?

Posted by vadisa9 5 years ago


Re-assembly of my NERF N-Strike Firefly

 I just finished half of my re-painting an un-modded firefly. I can't seem to remember how the assembly with the trigger mechanism works, particularly the part where the spring pulls the trigger back. Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by eichermacher 8 years ago


learning to create pictures with seed beads

I want to learn to create art using seed beads and I don't know where to begin.  By art, I mean actual pictures that you would hang on your walls like you may have seen done with m&ms or jelly beans lol.  I hope someone can lead me in the right direction.  I don't know if you use fabric or tear away paper or what, I just know I want to learn to do it.  Thank you, Alison

Posted by alison528 5 years ago


Spray Painting Help

I'm making a cardboard helmet for my Halloween costume (King Leonidas from 300), and I've run into a dilemma.First of all, I'd like to know if spray paint would stick to car body filler (Bondo), and second, I'd like to know what paints and primers to use to make my helmet look like tarnished metal.Can anybody help? I'm trying to make it look like the helmet in this album.

Posted by omnikin 10 years ago


Small Mural

I has been 15 or so years since I attempted any serious wall art. Here is a mural I am still working on. I hope to add more pics to share the evolution of a single wall.  Next layer is the structure of the arches as I attempt to create aged and distressed stone archways wall. Thanks for checking it out!  Open to constructive criticism.  I couldn't get the order of progress when I uploaded. 

Posted by simply.alon 5 years ago


Technoplastique's Robot Art

Ed and I got to meet technoplastique at the Austin Maker Faire back in October, where she was showing off the painting robot she built for the iRobot Create Challenge.I was busy losing my voice at the Instructables booth so didn't get to see her robot in action, but technoplastique stopped by to give us a special robot painting of our very own to take home!Here it is on the wall of my office at Instructables HQ. This is technically the back of the painting, but the colors and swoopy robot patterns look even better from this side of the thin cotton cloth.

Posted by canida 10 years ago


My day job in fast motion.

I have my own business painting murals and doing custom art for clients in commercial and private spaces. Here's a time lapse I did a while back. Thought it was fitting here in the art section. This ceiling is roughly 16 feet by 14 feet in size, and the center of the ceiling is about 17 feet high. I actually painted this ceiling twice because the original owners sold the residence and the new owners wanted a new and different mural in the space, about twelve years apart. A master sketch of the whole ceiling was created, and then each main detail was sketched a second time as a close up so I knew exactly what was to be painted.

Posted by bart245 8 years ago


Fun with Windows paint!

Five minute of fun with windows paint! I hope you like it!

Posted by PotatoCoffee 6 years ago


Brush Painting a bike

I've found some glow in the dark paint, which I'm going to use to paint my bike frame. The problem is that its brush-on not spray paint. I really want a glow in the dark frame, and I can't find any glow in the dark spray paint. All the bike painting instructables use spray paint. Does anyone have some tips on how to do a good job with a brush?

Posted by kramerr 8 years ago


A new paint I found

I saw a car at a show that was all chrome AND IT WAS A PAINT I could not believe it!

Posted by aztintr 9 years ago


Painting a Floor

I want to paint a dining room floor. Has anyone ever painted a floor, the wood work is dark, any ideas?

Posted by cwrp 11 years ago


Krylon Looking Glass Mirror Paint Question

I stripped an antique mirror that was suffering from severe oxidation. I painted it with Krylon Looking Glass Paint. I was surprisingly very pleased with the results but was wondering if anyone else has used the paint and can I do a coat of black paint on top or will it react with the looking glass paint?

Posted by Gunther45 4 years ago


Paint recycle centers

Here you can look up paint recycle centers in your area and get contact info. Please recycle!http://www.managemyhome.com/mmh/bundles/paint

Posted by DinaC 9 years ago


custom painted guitar

My guitar that me and my friend painted:) So now I`ve got a unique guitar

Posted by schpeglar 5 years ago


Paint It! contest

It seems like the Paint It! Contest has been stuck in judging for a while now. I was wondering when the winners will be announced. Also, (I may have imagined this) weren't there "runner up" prizes initially available in the contest? https://www.instructables.com/contest/paint/

Posted by American Ruin 3 years ago


How about my painting.

Hey guys, pls check my paint and suggest what should I prepare.

Posted by Mary Suu 2 years ago


spray paint shoes

I needed to change the colour of a pair of synthetic upper boots for a costume party, and this what I did. Firstly, I used spray paint. Even though I had sanded the surface, the paint would not adhere. In desparation I then used cheap acyrlic paint. Did the job superbly. The only problem is that acyrlic paint dries flat (no shine) but luckily my DH had Gloss Medium in paint box.

Posted by jas59 5 years ago


Mario Paint

How can I play mario paint on the snemulds DS emulator using the touch screen?

Posted by Tetrinator44 10 years ago


Hydrographic paint and some 6mm slots.

Hi, I need to paint a surface that has some 6mm x 6mm slots. Can a hydrographic film get in there and paint that area? (see picture below). Thanks.

Posted by johanx4 1 year ago


paint brushes

What kind of paint brush do you use i use all of them. i use the pencil for editing Pokemon sprites.

Posted by Mplinnc 8 years ago


Painting Video Portraits

My friend Marc Scheff is an accomplished digital painter, and recently came up with a new idea: when painting someone's portrait, why not give them both the finished product and the work as it was created? Thus were born Video Portraits. He's done a bunch, which you can find on his blog.I've included two, here. One of a woman named Polly Rose and another of Barack Obama (our next president-to-be!) Polly Rose from marc scheff on Vimeo.

Posted by nagutron 10 years ago


Minty Geek watercolour kit

I'm really really thrilled to announce the launch of the new minty Geek watercolour kit (http://mintygeek.com/watercolour.html). This one is a very personal kit, as I have always wanted a really well made portable watercolour set and here it is. Do check it out and feel free to ask any questions all the best Mark Brickley MD Minty Geek

Posted by mbrickley 7 years ago


My Portraits

Hey guys, I'm 12 years old and love drawing portraits here are a couple of them. Tell me what you think thanks Bapt

Posted by bapt 5 years ago


how to paint a project box

How do u paint a plastic project box from rat shack......how do u do stencils to

Posted by rollingstoner357 10 years ago


Spray Paint Drying

I'm hoping someone here knows something about spray paint. Specifically why some spray paints seem to take forever and a day to dry. In the attached picture the paint on the left (Metallic) dried quickly, within about 45 minutes whereas the paint on the right (Gloss Protective Enamel) is still so wet at 24 hours that I can scratch it with my thumb nail. FYI, I used both paints, one right after the other, on the same kind of metal. So if someone could let me know why some paints dry slower than others and which kind of paints to avoid if I'm in any sort or a rush I would be most appreciative. Thanks

Posted by astro347 8 years ago


Painting wood (any tips?)

I want to refinish a cabinet, is there a way to make the paint super smooth? (without the ugly brush strokes)

Posted by bronevaya 11 years ago


Painting Aluminium

I'm painting some 1/16" plates of aluminium black. I gave them a wipe down, and used some generic primer and black spray paint. (I originally started off with a paint gun, but it broke). As the plate dries, it starts to crackle in some areas, but not all over. Any ideas what is going on? I've never had this problem painting steel, or wood. Do I need a different type of primer, specifically for aluminium?

Posted by sam 11 years ago


painting laptop need help

Alright, i bought this laptop about a month, its a very good laptop, and i don't want to damage it.  How should i paint it, it is an eMachine E725, and i want to paint it silver and red. also, how do i make my own logo for it, that would be awesome.

Posted by adog26 8 years ago


Snowboard Paintjob

Well, after 5 cans of spraypaint, half a roll of painters tape, and about 4 hours of hard work, my snowboard is completely repainted! I am extremely happy with the results and it only cost me $20! Here are some shots of the top and bottom...first is the top and the second is the bottom. I have yet to try it out but I did use a few cans of that clear enamel on the bottom and about half a can on the top to make sure it's sealed really well. Also, I am going to apply a heavy coat of hot wax over the summer so it's ready for next season! I can't wait to use it!!

Posted by Electroinnovation 7 years ago


Join the Drawing & Art group!

Hey everyone! My name is Renée and I love to draw. If you haven't already, feel free to submit your art instructables to the group! Let's make more stuff and share our techniques. You can add your art themed instructable by clicking on this button in the sidebar:

Posted by ReneediCherri 5 years ago


Halloween Paint and Draw it Contest-- why aren't winners posted yet?

I was wondering why the winners of the Halloween Paint and Draw it Contest have not been posted yet.  The contest ended almost 13 days ago?

Posted by lovinoli 5 years ago


Painting Wood

I've got some wood that I'd like to paint over, but it's currently got a fair bit of paint on it. The current paint is in fairly good shape and is just a little dirty. The problem is that the paint doesn't run all the way to the edges of the wood and cuts short about 3 cm from the edge of the wood. The paint is also peeling towards the edges. The reverse side of the wood has a few crevices running along it(kind of looks like a turtle shell) as well as a few peg holes. My plan is to sand the front all over and try and smooth the edges of the paint where the paint is peeling. For the other side, I'm going to fill in the crevices and holes with wood putty and then sand over as well. Afterwords, I'll probably apply some dual paint/primer spray paint on top to give it a smooth finish. Now, I have a few questions: 1. Will the peeling edges be a problem when I paint over the wood? 2. Since the crevices are fairly shallow and smooth out pretty easily, will wood putty be a good choice for filling them? 3. Any problems with using a dual paint/primer? Or would it be better to use a separate primer and then paint? I've never really painted anything, and this is pretty much the first real craft project I'm working on, so any advice would be great. If you think it might be a better idea to remove the paint, any ideas you have on how to do it would be great too. I've attached some pictures from various angles. You can probably guess what I'm going to be making :). Thanks.

Posted by Cold_Fire 6 years ago


Custom Etched Halloween Tombstone

I created this custom etched Halloween tombstone using builder's foam, latex paint and spray paint. The method of creation is to use a water based paint to create a resist that will protect the foam from dissolving when painted with the spray paint. This technique works really well to create the weathered stone look that older limestone monuments take on after a couple hundred years. For this project I was trying to create a broken then repaired tombstone that was partially covered in moss. Project Process - First sketch the design layout using a marker. Then paint the areas that you want to remain un-etched. Next, spray the entire face tombstone with a heavy, even coat of spray paint. It will take a few minutes... but the face will be etched as much as 1/2" deep depending on how heavy a coat of spray paint. After the etching paint has dried, paint the entire tombstone with latex primer and then add any desired painted effects. For this project, I used a grey granite spray paint and then added sand that was painted a moss green color (adhering it with spray adhesive). Total active work time was approximately 2 1/2 hours. A full Instructable of this project to follow soon...

Posted by jamestown 10 years ago


painting a lawn flamingo

I am trying to bring back the pink quality of several Yard flamingos.  I know I could buy new ones, but certain people would rather keep for sentimental reasons, so I am trying to restore them.  My problem is when they are painted, after a period of time it chips off, I believe it is because the paint cannot deal with the flamingo plastic swell and shrink of the heat of the day and the coolness of the night.  Any ideas to extend the paint's life, would be appreciated.

Posted by gothking85 3 years ago


Painting 3D prints

Those of you who may have had the occasion to paint a 3D print I'm curious what products and techniques you may have used. I've used one of the Customizer Things to make some name tags and I'd like to paint the raised letters to help them stand out. Any suggestions or methods that work on ABS? Curt

Posted by CurtWG 4 years ago


Paint Choices

What color scheme should I choose for the AK-47 I'm making? Any suggestions? The original colors would be like a burnt sienna and a black I usually spray paint the parts separately here is a pic of the completed model i'm building

Posted by aj01-01 8 years ago