How to Paint Monsters in Paintings
Paint Monsters in Landscape Paintings
If you've ever been to a thrift store or garage sale, you've seen paintings of landscapes and paintings with calming scenes or images. Those are all well and good, but if you have a weird sense of humor you might want to use those paintings as a starting off point and add a monster or two!
No, I didn't dream this up myself. I wish! I'm not sure who the first genius was out there who had the great idea to add monsters to these types of paintings but I'll add some links below so you can see their take on adding creatures in landscapes.
I am no painter, but I decided to finally give it a go and paint a few monsters for myself. I mean, come on, this is one art project that just screams "Do it!", don't you think?
This photo shows a creature (a catfish, as you can see!) that I painted into this scenic picture called Rum Bay. Keep reading to see how I did it.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
What Do You Think of Monsters in Paintings?
What Do You Think of Monsters in Paintings?
Gather Your Craft Supplies
And Get Painting!
To paint monsters on to thrift store paintings, you just need a couple of things:
~ acrylic paints, as many colors as you decide
~ paintbrushes, a variety of tips from fine to larger
~ paint tray
~ water and a paper towel or rag for wiping the paintbrushes between colors
I use a plastic tray to set my painting on then get busy. This is a fun, relaxing way to paint that gives you full permission to just have fun and go crazy.
The monsters I've seen added to paintings are all unique. They are generally not recognizable as anything I've seen in a movie or anywhere before. Get creative. Get your monster on.
Craft Supplies for Making These Paintings - You Might Have These On Hand
It doesn't take much to get started painting monsters on existing paintings. You'll need some acrylic craft paints and paintbrushes, and a paint tray is a handy tool.
These acrylic paint sets are handy because you get a good variety of colors in the same finish (matte, satin, high gloss, what have you).
Begin by Sketching the Monster onto the Painting
I bought this painting at Goodwill yesterday for $1.49. I wanted to paint a monster painting, so I looked for one that was not too big (this measures 10 X 8 inches with the mat) and that had a somewhat whimsical look to it already. I didn't want anything too serious.
I first removed the backing and frame to get to the painting.
I thought about what kind of guy would visit this scene. Hmm, a water creature seemed fitting, so I first sketched my monster onto a scrap of paper then added it to the top of the painting using an ink pen. This painting is a print so it has a slick finish. A real painting with paint on the surface might be more fun to work with, but this is what I used.
Start Painting the Creature
Next I outlined my catfish in black paint then filled it in. When the black paint dried, I used the end of the paintbrush dipped in an off-white paint and dotted the three eyes on this guy. I also painted a little detail on the cat portion's ears and mouth with the off-white paint.
Again, I am not a painter. I use whatever works for me to get the job done. At this point it really was turning out silly looking, and that's okay since that is sort of the point of monster paintings!
Landscape Paintings - Add Your Own Monster
Painting a creature to one of these traditional landscape paintings would add just that something extra. Don't you think?
This project is perfect for letting your imagination go crazy! I think it would be fun to hand each person a painting at a party and let them have at it! Then everyone would have a party favor to take home!
Add Details and Finishing Touches - To Your Masterpiece
Finish your masterpiece by adding details and finishing touches. To complete my painting, I added teeth to my catfish creature and some colored fins to his body. Then I added a touch of pink to the catfish monster's ears and nose.
Next I added a few rings in the water to indicate movement by the monster. Again, remember, I'm not a painter. Just think of what a masterpiece you can make since you are certainly a better painter than me!
Totally Ridiculous Painting - And That's Okay
I quickly painted a silly guy onto this ballerina picture. This sad little picture is in such bad shape. It's basically had it, so I didn't mind messing it up.
I added an alien-looking guy with a single ball foot to the edge of the painting. Here's the back story: He really likes the ballerina and has admired her from afar. He hides in the broom closet while she's dancing. All he wants is to just touch her. Just once. He gives it a good try here, but he doesn't quite make it.
A Gift for the Person Who Has Everything
If you're stuck and don't know what to get
Uncle Frank or your friend Sue, search no further.
Grab a painting and add a monster.
You can rest assured they probably
do not have one of these already!
Seascape on Etsy
Check Out Some Really GOOD Paintings with Added Creatures
Some of these paintings with monsters added are for sale!
- CHR15T0PH3L35 on deviantART
Art - community of artists and those devoted to art. Digital art, skin art, themes, wallpaper art, traditional art, photography, poetry / prose. Art prints.
- Thyrza Works by thyrza on Etsy
NEW! June 5th announcement: I have (almost) listed all of my new prints so that people can order them but I haven't had the prints physically done yet.
- Monster Enhanced thrift paintings. by BadwillMonsters on Etsy
All of our paintings are original oil/acrylic landscapes on canvas hand selected from local Goodwill thrift stores and enhanced with terrifying,
- The Attic Studio Art Crafts Photography and more by AcuteCat
In addition to the arts and crafts available in my shop, I also accept commissions in a variety of media; feel free to send me a message for more
I found this painting at a thrift store, took it home and added a monster. It is catching some lunch. Painting is on 16 inch by 20 inch canvas board. There is some fraying at the edges.