First of all, I must tell you straight away. I am not condoning stealing. I am not saying, “Hey you! Go forth and rip off artists.” Ideally, I would be a millionaire and would support the art community 100% by buying all kinds of artwork to hang on walls; however… sigh… t’was not meant to be.
And so I was left in a quandary (yes, I just said quandary… had to Google proper spelling, too!) Should I keep my walls naked? (blech!)
Should I decorate them with affordable shiz (aka IKEA prints there can be found in every other dorm room in North America)?
OR should I test out my art skillz and make my own shiz?
So what did I do?
I went rogue and opted for the treacherous path of copyright tightrope walking. Copying without the intent to distribute or misrepresent. As I understand it, this is okay. Maybe my legal expert readers (you know who you are… winky-wink!) will shed light on the error of my ways, but hopefully I’m in the clear.
I mean… how else are fledgling artists supposed to learn?
The tulip painting, the fake Tulip Toss is one that I love by Shirley Novak. I first discovered her work on art.com and instantly fell in love with her colourful florals. My parents gave me a giant canvas and Wallack’s gift certificate for my birthday and so… I went nuts. Spending four days painting this after a draining final semester of web design was exactly the relief I needed.
Check out how many tulips are missing the bottoms to their stems… haha!
The other one is a bit of a funnier story. Literally, it’s from Modern Family… and we all know it doesn’t get any funnier than that. Long story short as I watched the show I kept seeing this piece in Cam and Mitchell’s house and found myself trying to catch a better look every episode. Eventually I found a scene that showed it in full and snapped a screen shot. Bought myself a Ribba frame and the rest is history.
Pssst…. Don’t tell Mitchel – he’s a lawyer. Cam’s fine, he’ll just laugh.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re probably a lot better at faking art than you think!
- Art stores are one of the funnest places on earth, but don’t break the bank on top of the line products. REMEMBER having lots of low quality paint is WAY more fun than a tiny bit of high quality paint
- India ink (this is the kind I used), paint brush & a nice big piece of thick art paper is a great place to start. Hey! If you start now you could have a finished fake masterpiece in 20 minutes! No joke.
- Worst comes to worst… and your piece falls flat, either throw it away and start again OR tell people it’s abstract. That’s what I do with faulty latte art all the time.