Friday, March 30, 2012

Creative Kids

My 13 yr old son saw a little version of this fun quote on Pinterest and decided to make a canvas for his room.  I loved the way it turned out, and best of all he created it.

We got a bunch of canvases at Hobby Lobby, and then he got busy with the tape and acrylic paints.

With a stencil he traced his words, then filled them easy, but did take a little time.

I got thinking that I wanted to copy his idea and create a canvas of my own.  I wanted something I could use in my extra room that I work in, but sometimes doubles as a crash pad for house guests.  I also wanted something inspirational....this is what I came up with....

Now, just because I have already had so many people ask me how I did it I, thought I would get on today and add a quick post with a few instructions.   The canvas is large, because I wanted it to fill my space, but you could make it any size.
I started by layering the background  paints (again acrylic- it dries so quick and is easy to layer) and almost smudging the edges with a darker brown, almost dry brush.

My hand writing looked horrible so I printed up the letters in a huge font on my computer, then taped the paper to the back of my canvas- in a sunlit window I could see the letters through the canvas and paint, and so I all had to was trace the edges.  Then it was just a matter of filling in the letters with paint. (Sorry, no pics along the way. I wasn't sure how it would turn out and so I didn't think it was worth taking pictures of).  I love it now.  I have caught the canvas bug.....what can I make next?