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How to Look Like Freehand Painting Pro

May 2, 2017 by Scott - Saws on Skates

When you think about freehand painting do you say “OMG — I CAN’T!!!” Me too! I’m awful at freehand painting, but today I’m going to show you that YOU CAN be a freehand painter. Well, actually I’m going to show you how you can look like a freehand painter. I’m sharing the simple trick I use to make me look like a freehand painting pro!

Think you can't paint freehand? Think again! I'll show you a simple trick to make you look like a freehand painting pro!

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I love painting… walls. I can cut around windows, door and floor trim without using painter’s tape! But freehand painting is another story. I just… can’t. I mean I can, but about the best I can muster up is a pathetic looking stick figure.

I’m so jealous of people who can paint freehand. My aunts are amazingly talented freehand painters. One aunt paints faux finishes like wood grain and marble you would swear are the real deal. Two of my other aunts paint highly detailed freehand scenes on everything from glass ornaments to upcycled chair seats.

It seems I inherited the creativity gene, but not the aptitude to paint. Sure I can build furniture projects and home decor pieces, but painting freehand is not in my wheelhouse. I want to be a freehand painter and I want to paint more than a stick figure.

The closest I get to freehand painting is paint-by-number. For me, paint-by-number is just like painting a wall. I’m pretty good at painting within the lines. Wait. A. Minute. Maybe I could use the paint-by-number idea to fake a freehand painted look on my DIY projects! YES I CAN!

I took the paint-by-number idea and applied it to my projects. First I tried the technique on my Tiki Mask Planters, then on my Flower Power Bus Planters. The results? It looks freehand painted to me!

This simple trick will make you look like a freehand painting pro - Flower Power Bus Planters

I also used the paint-by-number freehand painting technique on my Vintage Camper Napkin Holders. By the way, how adorable are these things?! This freehand painting technique is sooo easy! If you can paint-by-number, then without a doubt, you can do this technique!

This simple trick will make you look like a freehand painting pro - Vintage Camper Napkin Holder

My paint-by-number technique works best on wood projects. First you’ll need to find a line drawing or picture you want to paint on your wood project. (Check out google images if you need some inspiration.) You could even use your computer to print a few words or a phrase. Then you’ll use a ball point pen to trace the drawing or picture on the wood. The ball point of the pen leaves an indent in wood. The indent becomes the lines of the paint-by-number system. Then you just paint within the lines. SOOO EASY! C’mon I’ll show you step-by-step how to do it!

How to Look Like a Freehand Painting Pro

Supplies
Wood project (Check out my Vintage Camper, Bus or Tiki Mask for inspiration)
Ball point pen
Artist paint brushes
Craft paints
Painter’s tape (optional)

Step 1. Use painter’s tape to temporarily attach the line drawing, picture, words or phrase you want to paint on your wood project.

This simple trick will make you look like a freehand painting pro - Use painter's tape to temporarily attach the line drawing or picture

Step 2. Trace the image with a ball point pen onto the wood.

This simple trick will make you look like a freehand painting pro - Trace the image with a ball point pen onto the wood

The pen leaves a slight depression in the wood.

This simple trick will make you look like a freehand painting pro - The pen leaves a slight depression in the wood

Step 3. Getting the freehand painted look is as easy as painting in between the lines. It’s almost like paint by number! And it doesn’t have to look perfect, remember, we’re aiming for a freehand painted look.

This simple trick will make you look like a freehand painting pro - Getting the freehand painted look is as easy as painting in between the lines. It’s almost like paint by number!

It’s difficult to cover a dark color with a light color, so it’s best to apply light colors first and then follow with darker colors.

This simple trick will make you look like a freehand painting pro - It's difficult to cover a dark color with a light color, so it's best to apply light colors first and then follow with darker colors.

I wanted the body moulding to be straight on the Flower Power Bus Planter, so I used a little painter’s tape.

This simple trick will make you look like a freehand painting pro - Use painter's tape for straight lines

I used a fine artist paint brush and a darker color to outline elements on the Vintage Camper Napkin Holder. This gives the piece a finished look and makes the elements pop.

This simple trick will make you look like a freehand painting pro - Use a fine artist brush and a darker color to outline elements on the project. This gives the piece a finished look and makes the elements pop.

Conclusion
This freehand painting technique is sooo easy! If you can paint-by-number, then without a doubt, you can do this technique! What project would you use this freehand painting technique for?

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Think you can't paint freehand? Think again! I'll show you a simple trick to make you look like a freehand painting pro! All you'll need is a wood project to paint on, craft paints, paint brushes and your design ideas... a line drawing, picture, a few words or a phrase.


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4 thoughts on “How to Look Like Freehand Painting Pro

  1. Linda says:

    Great idea, thanks for the step by step instructions too.

  2. Rod Marshall says:

    Ive actually used a technique very much the same on a couple different things over time.
    Except instead of leaving the impression with the pen, i used carbon paper to leave the blue line.

    • Scott - Saws on Skates says:

      Hi Rod – Thank you for stopping by and for reminding me of the carbon paper trick. It’s been a while, but I’ve used carbon paper in the past too!

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