Read the labels BEFORE you buy the paint

To sum up last week in two sentences: I went out and bought some paints, some brushes and some paper. I got home, opened everything up and then I said a few choice words. *insert face palm emoji here*

Now I’ll give you some more details. I went to the acrylic paint isle at Michaels and grabbed this awesome looking 20 pack of acrylic paints that I saw. In that same isle there were acrylic paintbrushes so I grabbed two packs of those as well. I cheaped out and got all-purpose paper instead of acrylic paper or canvases because hey, I’m a broke university student. So I go to the check-out and I pay for my haul, I even had found a cute mint-green tote to store all my wonderful painting supplies in. I get home from the city, close to 11:30pm and I crack open my goodies. As I am opening the paints, I see a tiny, shiny, little word on the front of the box: Metallics and Neon Acrylics. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Sigh. Well what can you do? Things happen. Of course I’m still a little bitter that I didn’t read the darn box before buying it but I’ll find a way to make those shiny and bright paints work some how!

Instead of calling it a night like I should of, since it was midnight, I opened the pack of paint brushes that had the fan brush in it and I started using the Bob Ross tree technique to try to make an evergreen tree.

Happy Little Shiny 'Trees'

As you can see in the above photo, my first tree (if you can even call it that) was a “happy little accident” (Thanks Bob).  Tree #2 has a much more tree shape but still kind of just like a blob with upward strokes. Finally, my third tree actually looked like a tree!! Bob Ross makes painting trees so easy! I am so glad I tried some practice trees with the fan brush. Working with a fan brush is definitely more tricky than I expected, the bristles kept bunching together and not staying as a nice fan. I am going to need much more practice I think, but I’m not defeated!! The fourth and fifth try were ‘meh’ but they still look are tree-like blobs. And just to point it out, the fourth tree was actually painted by my boyfriend, he wanted to attempt it.

The metallic paint really isn’t that bad, I was kind of worried that it would look like the tin man from Wizard of Oz. I probably won’t use the metallic or neon paints for full paintings, but I might use them for certain aspects within those paintings. I could use the metallics and neons to highlight the bright points in a painting.

So with that, I went to Walmart and purchased some *classic* finish, acrylic paints. And yes, I read the box this time. I wasn’t making that “happy little accident” again.



7 thoughts on “Read the labels BEFORE you buy the paint

  1. Despite your “happy little accident,” I think the metallic paints look pretty darn good. I love how you incorporated humor into your blog post! It helps keep the reader engaged and entertained, and I know I caught myself smiling (I would’ve laughed but I’m in the library and don’t think students would appreciate it if I burst into laughter). And of course, I love the shout out to Bob Ross. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Maytlind,
    Okay I don’t mean to laugh but I did a little when reading the start of your post because I can relate to it on so many levels! Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who got caught for not reading the labels and you certainly won’r be the last! As for your first attempts at painting with the tree technique, I think you did a wonderful job! I love how you showed your progression rather than just your final product! I also think that not all is lost with the paints you bought, as you would be surprised where a pop of colour is needed! You may also want to consider mixing some of your colours when you can’t find one that you need! Way to keep a positive attitude! Keep up the great work!

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  3. Despite that paint oops, it turned out really good! I know you have mentioned before that you might continue on with your Bob Ross journey. If you do and move on to the larger canvases, make sure you look into buying oil paints! They dry much slower and will help with all of the quick blending Bob does! Good luck, can’t wait to see more!

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  4. As a Bob Ross fan, I’m loving the little references here and there! Your blog is quite entertaining so far and I’ll definitely be tuning in to see your progress. I think the third tree looks amazing, and Bob would be proud. One tip I learned while acrylic painting this summer is to work fast because acrylics dry VERY quickly. This will probably be more of use to you when you’re doing full paintings, but it’s a good thing to keep in mind. Good luck!

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