Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Doily Canvas Paintings Tutorial

I pinned this project on pinterest a long time ago, and I've had the supplies for a long time as well.  I had even had the blank canvases hanging on the wall for 2 months before I got around to actually painting them.  I buckled down and got to it on Monday, since the hubby took Natalie out for the day and I actually had a "vacation" day with just little Nathan.

I did mine a little differently, since I hate spray paint wanted a more rustic, worn look. I used acrylic paints and 5x5 canvases from a craft store.

I started out painting the base coat on the canvases.  I used a dry, stiff brush and painted Xs until it felt right.

Then I arranged my doilies on top of the canvas and painted over them.  I painted the top coat with a dry, stiff brush using a stippling motion.

I wanted the top coat to be thin enough that you could still get a hint of the base coat.  When the paint is dry carefully pull up the doilies and see your masterpiece.

I did two sets for my wall, so here is what other one looks like.

To get the full effect, you should see them on my dining room wall.

I hope you also enjoy the frames that are still sporting photos that are obviously not of my family.  I still have to send pictures to get printed. I started a gallery wall in our bedroom, and half of those frames are hung and still missing pictures as well.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Happy Birthday Aunt Bri!

My sister just had a birthday a few weeks ago, and while I was thinking about what to make her I thought of a scarf.  Then I realized that I have given her scarves for the last few holidays over the last few years.  We needed a change.  Enter the ever fabulous goodies from Pick Your Plum.  I scored a $30 grab box and everything I needed was inside!  I did an earring and ring set with the white cabochon flowers, and added some pendants.  The owl is my favorite, but the little bird is so sweet too. Happy Birthday Bri! We love you!