Saturday, March 5, 2011
Small Wall Canvas Project Preview
A couple weeks ago, my son wanted to go on a "date" with me. He likes to go out with just mommy and it's nice to do every now and then. As it was a school night and we didn't have a lot of time, we ended up getting a donut and then going to a craft store. He actually really enjoyed the craft store and I got a lot of great ideas for his birthday in April. They have a lot of Star Wars models that he would like to build.
But, that's not the point of this story. The point is, we were at the craft store and I decided to buy some canvases, because I love having them around just in case I get an idea. Michael's had their 2-pack Value canvases on sale. I was planning on letting the kids make their own paintings, but I think I might keep them all for myself.
I had a wall in my dining room that I could never quite get a handle on for decorations. I ended up just putting some framed family pictures up. But, I still had a few spaces to fill. I got "laugh" and "love" words that I finally put up after sitting in my closet for 6 months. They were all out of "Live", darnit! But, I loved them and bought them anyway. And it still needed a space filler. Sorry the picture isn't that great. But, as I (pre)write this, I'm also trying to pack and get ready for vacation. So, I don't have time to get a better picture. The white canvas is where the finished project will go. And obviously I don't have my 10x13 picture in it's frame yet!
I started my project by using wooden words that I got at another craft store as kind of a "reverse" stencil. I traced them.
Then I started painting with a gray color that I made at home, because it was snowing out and I became impatient and wanted to start my project. I mixed blue, red and yellow together until I came up with a gray that I liked. I used to work in a paint store and I'm pretty good at mixing my own colors. Here is a picture of the beginning of the painting process. I also am going to make a "frame" around the outer inch or so with black/white/gray buttons. So, that's what the buttons are for. I thought about using the white fabric to make a zebra print flower in the lower right-hand corner. I'll use a permanent marker to make zebra stripes on my scrap of white fabric. When I get back from vacation and finish it, I will post pics of the finished project by itself and on the wall!!
Everyone have a wonderful weekend!!
I would love to hear from you! But, I can't respond until I get back from vacation on March 12th. So, if you haven't heard from me, don't take it personally. I'm just enjoying an umbrella drink in the sunshine. Yippee Ki-Yay!!