Thank goodness that I have friends and clients that are always looking for ways to challenge me with new projects. One of my latest projects was to paint a 2ft x 3ft canvas to be hung over the bed of two precious sisters. So, today I thought I would show you my step by step plan in case you ever wanted to take on this same challenge.
Step 1...Have your inspirational piece close by. For this project, the mom had given me the pillow case and curtain tie back to look at for colors, so I had that handy to take a look at often.
Step 2: After giving the canvas an overall coat of paint, I also dry brushed a lighter color of paint over the base coat...this sorta gives the painting a "shabby chic" look that is perfect for girls. After drying...I tape off a few stripes to coordinate with the inspiration piece.
Step 3...Paint circles (or whatever you want to enhance the painting.) Cut out your letters. I used my Cricut machine, but you could also paint these on at this point. I just don't paint letters well on canvas...at least I don't think so! I could have used patterned paper, but I chose a simple brown and then drew lines on them using a white paint pen. So many options with the lettering!
Step 4...Lay it out and then adhere everything using Mod Podge and give the whole canvas a couple of coats. Then you are ready to embellish the canvas. I used rhinestones and feathers, buttons and ribbons... You can use a glue gun or E6000 (which is what I use often because they pop off often with a low heat glue gun.)
Step 5...Admire your handiwork and take a look to see if you are satisfied. I felt it needed a little something more, so I painted peace signs to coordinate along with the pillow covering.
Lastly...hang it and enjoy it! :)