I spent some time wondering what to do with some of the canvases I’ve purchased recently and decided I wanted it to be painted in gold and silver so that it will go with almost anything in our new house when it’s built. I finally settles on painting a starburst, based loosely on this piece by Elise. I needed very little supplies for this, just my canvas, a pencil to mark out lines, masking tape and scissors to tape up the sections, gold and silver paint and a paintbrush.
To start with, I marked out the spacing on there, since I wanted the starburst fairly evenly space, then marked which colours would go where, to make sure I wasn’t going to end up with 2 gold or 2 silver sections together at the end. I also picked a random spot on the canvas to be the middle point, since I decided I didn’t want it centred.
Next up, I started taping off a few sections at a time to paint. This took a bit of getting used to… I could only tape a few at a time to make them fit, since they all tapered into the same centre point.
Each section in gold took 2 coats of paint, and the silver took 3 coats, I think because it wasn’t as thick. I was surprised how dull the colours looked when first painted on, but once they dried, they ended up with the metallic look I was after. I made sure I did all of the coats and that they were completely dry before pulling off the tape, as I didn’t want to risk it pulling up the paint.
To start with, I only taped 3 or 4 sections at a time, but as I got the hang of it, I started to be able to tape up a lot more sections at once. This made it go much quicker, that’s for sure! My tip for painting more sections at a time is to cut the masking tape at an angle at the top, so that it has a pointed edge which means that you can fit more of the tips at the centre point. When doing lines next to each other, I would carefully line the tape up along the line of the other colour, and would make sure it was taped well, without any bumps. Only a few of them bleed to other sections, but they’re easy to tape up.
In total, this took me about a week and a half to paint. I would tape up some sections and paint them each night, then leave it to dry completely overnight, then start the process again the next night. It worked pretty well for me, and I love the end results! If I do another canvas like this, the only change I would make would be to make each section wider, possible twice as wide.