DIY Octopus Art Reproduction

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I finally decided to decorate our empty bedroom wall with some kind of artwork. I wanted the theme to be a “Nautical” to match our bed cover.

After some googling, I found this Octopus art. It is perfectly nautical and one of the pictures was showcasing Giuliana Rancic’s nursery decor with this painting. This artwork was originally created by scientist Lord Bodner in 1826 as part of the deep sea creature study. Now its reproductions are sold as high-end decor and for as much as $5,000!

Since I have been getting into DIY art reproduction lately, I decided to create one myself. It turned out to be pretty cool! So I wanted to share the process with you.

Here is how I created the Octopus triptych artwork reproduction if you are interested to know.

How to Create 3-Piece Octopus Art Decor in 5 Steps

What you will need

  • Long canvas X3
  • Cobalt blue acrylic paint 100ml X 3
  • White acrylic paint 100ml x 1
  • Paint brushes (Wide flat brush for the base, and artist paint brushes of your choice- I used round pointed and flat)
  • White tracing paper X 1 (Available at art supply stores)

Step 1  Enlarge the image to fit the canvas using Posterazer and print it out using your own printer. Put printed papers together with scotch tape.

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Posterazor tutorial video

Step 2  Paint the background of 3 canvases in dark cobalt blue and let them dry.

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Tip: It requires several layers to have an even look. Don’t forget to paint sides too.

Step 3  Put three canvases together, place a white tracing paper on them, and the enlarged image on top of that.

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Step 4  Trace the image. 

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Step 5  Paint the image.

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It perfectly matches my nautical bed cover & pillows. What is your favourite sea creature painting?

My past art reproduction post 

Starry Night

 

How to Create Art Reproductions like a Pro: 6 Steps (With Pictures)

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The idea of DIY Artwork reproduction came to me when I was struggling to find paintings I like to decorate our new home. Framed “prints” of famous artwork are nice, but they are not as impressive as a real painting on canvas. Of course, unless you are a gazillionaire, it is impossible to obtain an original.

However, high-quality reproductions are quite impressive and look more expensive than a framed poster. You can find famous art reproductions online for several hundred dollars, depending on the size, but I am too frugal to pay several hundreds for a copy of art work.  There is no way to know the real quality of work until it is delivered and see it in person.

So I decided to have an Artwork reproduction challenge. Now, I know some of you don’t think you are artistically inclined, or don’t even like to draw or paint. But, if you are at least interested in trying, I can show you how to create art reproductions like a pro in 6 steps.

How to create art reproductions like a pro in 6 steps

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Step 1. Find an image of the original painting you want to reproduce. Save the image on your computer.

Step 2. Enlarge the image without distorting it.  It should fit the choice of your canvas size using Rasterbator.  Despite its questionable name, it is a great free tool to enlarge any image. It is also easy to use. Click the video above to learn how to use it.

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 Step 3Print out using your home printer. The copies are printed out on 4 – 12 sheets with a thin frame depending on the size. Wait until all sheets are printed out.

Art reproductionsStep 4. Tape the sheets together. Arrange the sheets so that they fit together. Begin with either the left lower, or upper sheet and then tape the frame lines together precisely.

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Step 5. Trace lines on canvas using a tracing paper and tracing wheel. Place tracing paper ink side down on the canvas, then place the printed paper over it (Secure it on the canvas with tapes to prevent from moving while tracing). Both tracing paper and a tracing wheel can be found at sewing supply stores, but I recommend using carbon paper (found at stationery stores) instead of a tracing paper as the ink seem to stick better on canvas.

Art reproductions Art ReproductionsStep 6. Start painting! I used acrylic paint  for its ease of use, but I would love to try oil painting in the future, so I signed up for a beginner’s oil painting class at the local community center starts next month!

I was not sure how it is going to turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised I was able to doa somewhat decent job following above steps. Preparation by tracing the same exact ratio and the position of the object as the original work on canvas, is the key to create the successful reproduction.

I have developed my interest in drawing when I stayed home for two years after I dropped out of Preschool (I am a preschool dropout!) I haven’t drawn or painted ever since I graduated high school, but I think painting is like riding a bicycle or skiing… your body remembers how to do.

I believe we can improve our artistic skills by practice just like anything else as long as you enjoy doing them. My goal is to eventually create my original painting by reproducing someone else’s work as a practice.

So if you have something you enjoyed and did well when you were a child, re-explorer it. You might re-discover your passion! And who knows, you might be able to do something with it to make money. Brian Tracy says all successful millionaires do what they love to do to make living and “what”  is usually something you used to love doing between ages seven and fourteen.

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Enjoy painting!