Welcome to the world of art! :D I find these to be fantastic brushes http://www.amazon.com/Royal-Langnickel-Large-Artist-Brushes/dp/B000... for large areas. I hope this is helpful! :D I would love to see some of your art also
Skylar, i bought the brushes you recommended.... I'm now waiting eagerly for Royal Mail to pop em through me letterbox. Then its slap and splash time and another shirt ruined, lol.
Ive added my first ever painting to my page. Its already hanging on the wall and will soon be joined by many more, hopefully each one better than the last as i improve and gain more knowledge.
Yay! Hehe! Well, Artist are supposed to be messy. If you are a clean artist your not doing it right ;D
Perhaps you could run a sideline in hand-painted shirts, Nick!
Well, SARK (Sarah Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) painted bed sheets and now seels them through design stores. Anything is possible!
Have you seen the portraits by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Nick? His portraits are/were amazing. A librarian's portrait painted as a pile of books, portraits of people from vegetables, etc. Sounds like more inspiration toward your veneer portraits. There's a bit of a gallery under his wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Arcimboldo
I haven't heard of veneer being stuck to canvas, and my concern would be the stability of the canvas if it is a stretched one. I would be more inclined to attampt it if I had a rigid ground, such as a board background. Still, if your veneer is fine enough, it may be flexibile enough to hold. I would be concerned about it popping off though, with the movement of the canvas.
Yes, you're right. Giuseppe A. seemed a bit ahead of his time.
You might also check out Canadian artist Paterson Ewan who late in life switched from painting canvasses to painting on huge pieces of phywood that he gouged at various spots to create his images which he then painted. Very entrancing but quite weird. Mind you, ol' Paterson was bi-polar and alcoholic!
If you're going to stick anything of substance to a painting, better use a board than a canvas! Just saying.