My Painting Process

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

People always ask me how I create my paintings. You might have caught a glimpse of my process in this video, but I want to show you how messy my paintings are to make and explain a little bit of my process.

One of the biggest secrets is that I actually use interior paint. Like the paint you would paint the walls of your house with. Since I use a lot of paint and I need to it be runny, so interior paint was the best (and most affordable) option for me. I also use some liquid acrylics but in the quantities I need them they are very expensive, so interior paint is my main medium for large paintings.

I teamed up with Pratt & Lambert to do a set of paintings to show you and tell you about my creative process and guess what — I’m going to give a few of my paintings away! Make sure to read all the way to the end of this post to learn how to enter to win (don’t worry, it’s easy)!

***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** The first round of winners have been chosen. They have 72 hours to email me at meg(at)megbiram(dot)com with full name, mailing address, and phone number within 72 hours of announcement to claim prize or another winner will be chosen. Winners are: @cachristia on Instagram, @erinnphillips and @pezzphoto on twitter, Nicole Farley on Facebook, @linda.cao on Instagram. Each person has been attempted to be notified via the platform if possible.

paint palette

The first step in my painting process is picking the paint colors! This is actually a HUGE deal to me. I can assure you that years and years of art school and my creative career have helped me hone in on my color choices. I spend a lot of time choosing colors. And while you know I love neutrals, I wanted to inject some color into these paintings for a little fun!

Pratt & Lambert sent me a fan deck of all of their colors. I was like a kid in a candy store. I cut them up and mixed them all around on a table to find the color combinations I wanted to use.

Once I selected paint colors, Pratt & Lambert sent me their ACCOLADE® Interior Paint + Primer for the project.

I typically don’t plan my paintings out as far as how they will look visually. The colors are really where it all starts and everything after that is all emotional and reactive. Sometimes I’ll go into a painting thinking I want it to feel more simple, but half the time it turns out totally different than I thought it would.

blank canvases // megbiram.com

Once I’d decided on the paint colors, I had some major prep work to do. My painting process is VERY messy, and currently I have to do it in my Georgetown studio which isn’t really an art studio per se (can’t get paint on the floor!). So I covered the floor in not one, but two paint drops. One was cloth, then a plastic one on top of that.

To elevate the canvases off the ground, I covered cardboard boxes in trash bags to set the canvases on. When I have a dedicated painting studio I use sawhorses instead of boxes.

Pratt & Lambert Paint // megbiram.com

Pratt & Lambert Paint // megbiram.com

Pratt & Lambert Paint

Pratt & Lambert Paint // megbiram.com

Once the canvases are all ready to go and the floor is covered, then I open the paint and stir it to make sure it’s all mixed and get any bubbles out. Sometimes I’ll pour the paint into smaller cups, sometimes I use it right out of the paint can.

Pratt & Lambert Paint Collaboration // megbiram.com

Pratt & Lambert Paint Collaboration // megbiram.com

Pratt & Lambert Paint Collaboration // megbiram.com

I start with neutral colors as a base and then add bright or dark colors in later. Then I will usually add more light paint in the end. Sometimes I’ll use my palette knife to spread the paint around, then I continue to layer the paint and spread it around in my own way. Above I’m pouring Pratt & Lambert Hedron onto the canvas after having poured Designer White.

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

Messy gloves

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

meg biram painting 8

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

The paint continues to move around even after I’m done adding to it, so the painting is still changing as it’s drying. I usually won’t know exactly how it will look for several hours. The larger paintings take several days to fully dry, but I like to give them a week before I move them just in case.

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

Meg Biram Paintings // megbiram.com

Meg Biram's Painting Shoes // megbiram.com

I have designated painting shoes and clothes because they will get paint all over them no matter how careful I think I am! I think they get cooler with each painting.

Instagramming my work

I always take photos after I’m done. I like to see how much they change as they dry, and I like to share the photos on my Instagram.

MEG BIRAM x PRATT & LAMBERT Painting Giveaway

I’ve had my fun (the actual painting!) — now it’s your turn! I am giving these paintings (above) away to 5 lucky readers!

There are 4 ways to enter to win one of the 5 paintings above! Feel free to enter up to 4 times using the different options listed below before Sunday, April 3rd at 11:59 pm EST.

1 // Use a photo from this post, or take a photo of where you will hang the painting and post it to your own Instagram tagging @megbiram in the caption of your Instagram and using the hashtag #MBxPLgiveaway before Sunday, April 3rd at 11:59 pm EST.

2 // Post a link to this blog post on your Twitter tagging @PrattandLambert and @megbiram and using the hashtag #MBxPLgiveaway before Sunday, April 3rd at 11:59 pm EST.

Sample tweet — Hope I win one of these @megbiram x @PrattandLambert paintings! #MBxPLgiveaway http://megbiram.com/painting-giveaway/

3 // Post a link to this post on your Facebook wall tagging @PrattandLambert and @megbiram‘s Facebook pages and use the hashtag #MBxPLgiveaway before Sunday, April 3rd at 11:59 pm EST.

Use this link: http://megbiram.com/painting-giveaway/

4 // Follow @megbiram on Instagram. “Like” this photo on Instagram, and comment on the photo tagging two friends that might be interested in entering as well before Sunday, April 3rd at 11:59 pm EST.

Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced right here in this post by EOD Monday, April 4th, and announced on each corresponding platform. Winners must email meg(at)megbiram(dot)com with full name, mailing address, and phone number within 72 hours of announcement to claim prize or another winner will be chosen. Limited to US residents only. Paintings will be sent at random. Comments on this post do not count as an entry to win.

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Check out my other paintings for sale in my shop here!

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Photos by Laura Metzler

This post was done in collaboration with Pratt & Lambert. All opinions are my own.