Merry & Bright Wreath Canvas

Now that Halloween and Thanksgiving are over I needed a new canvas to place on the pantry door where the Trick or Treat Canvas had been. I was very sure that I wanted to use the phrase “Merry and Bright” and the classic Christmas colors of red and green, but wasn’t sure about anything else. A quick search on Pinterest turned up this pin, which was on sale at zulily.com.

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After seeing that photo, it occurred to me to make a green wreath surrounding the wording in white and on a red background. Here’s a peak at the final project:

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My supplies:

  • 10″ x 10″ square canvas
  • Acrylic paints (White, Kelly Green, Palm Leaf, Flag Red, Black)
  • Foam and paint brushes

 

My steps:

  1. First I used a foam brush to paint 2 layers of Flag Red with a little bit of Black mixed in to darken it.
  2. After the red was dry I used a paint brush to draw a circle of Palm Leaf green.
  3. Using the same brush and paint I started making the branch clusters. In total I made 16 of them, putting each new one halfway between already existing ones.img_0625
  4. I went back and added a little bit of Kelly Green paint in the middle of each cluster and spread it along the branches so that they had more dimension. I then filled in any gaps between clusters with additional strokes of the palm leaf.img_0626
  5. After the wreath had dried completely I used the white paint and a smaller brush to begin writing “merry and bright.” This took 2 coats of white paint and then some touch ups in a few spots. After the white dried the canvas was complete.

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This completed project was perfect for the pantry door and adds some liveliness to the kitchen. I’ve actually made another project using this phrase and will hopefully upload that one soon. Have you made and Christmas canvases? Drop them in the comments below!

Bri

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Square Frames: DC & Russia

After creating the Instagram Big + Little frame for my little I realized just how easy it is to dress up the $1 frames from Michaels. After visiting Washington D.C. in June 2016 for a research conference and going to Russia in July 2016 with my family I decided to paint more of these frames. This time I didn’t have to use Pinterest inspiration, I just had to look up the flag for Washington D.C. and double check the Russian flag.

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Flag of Washington D. C.

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Russian Flag

My supplies:

  • $1 square frames from Michaels
  • Black and red paint pens
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam brushes and paint brushes

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The Washington D.C. frame:

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  1. Paint the entire frame white with a foam brush (at least 3 coats)
  2. Pull up star clipart on Google Images and trace onto a piece of paper
  3. Cut out the star and then trace 3 of them onto the top of the frame with red paint pen, then fill in
  4. Use a ruler and red paint pen to mark the horizontal lines, then fill in
  5. Write “Washington D.C.” with black paint pen

The Russia frame:

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  1. Carefully use a foam brush to paint the top portion white. It will need multiple coats.
  2. Use a different foam brush to paint the middle stripe royal blue.
  3. Use a third foam brush to paint the bottom third red.
  4. Write “Russia” with black paint pen

After completing these two projects I bought some more square frames, so be on the lookout for more of them in the future. I like being able to do something simple and small for my vacations. Have you created something to display your travel mementos? Drop a picture in the comments below and happy crafting!

Bri

Mountain Quote Canvas

During browsing on Pinterest I came across a pin that I knew I wanted to recreate. The picture came from an Etsy Shop named Kaylees Canvas Decor.

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The perfect opportunity came when I was thinking about what I should give my little for her birthday. Though once I was done I wanted to keep it for myself.

My Supplies:

  1. 12″ x 12″ square canvas
  2. Acrylic paint
  3. Black paint pen
  4. Foam and paint brushes

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My steps

  1. First I created the ombre effect on the canvas using the white paint at top, the key west color in the middle, and the aqua color on the bottom. I started with my foam brush at the top and made my way down.img_0259
  2. I used a paint brush and black paint to make the outline of the mountains before using that and a foam brush to fill them in.
  3. The last piece was to do the wording. I always find this the most difficult step. For the  printed lines I used a paint pen but to get more fluid movement on the script lines I used a thin paint brush.
  4. After waiting for it dry I was done! Wrapped it in some pretty wrapping paper and gave it to my little.

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After seeing my finished project I definitely wanted to keep it, especially because my room involves similar shades of blue. My little loved it however, which made the project worth it. Have you done a mountain canvas? Or maybe used this quote on something else? Drop a pic in the comments below!