DIY – How To Paint an Ikat Canvas

Hi everyone!

I have a quick and easy painting tutorial to share with you today! IMG_2913Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Flat paint brush
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Pearl Acrylic Paint
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Acrylic Paint

IMG_3119Martha Stewart Crafts Pearl Acrylic Paint

  • Hummingbird
  • Twilight Blue
  • Mother of Pearl

Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Acrylic Paint

  • Sterling

IMG_2916Start with the blue, pearl paint and evenly place little dots of paint across your canvas.  Be sure to stagger your dots!

I squirted my paint dots right out of the bottle to ensure that the dots were relatively even in size.  I didn’t want one dot to have significantly more or less paint than any of the others. IMG_2918Using your paint brush, make a rough diamond shape where each paint dot is located. IMG_2923Continue making the rough diamonds. IMG_2926 Once all the blue diamonds are completed, go over each of them with a little bit of the white pearl paint.

We’re just trying to add a little extra sheen. IMG_2932On the right side of each blue diamond, add a smaller, silver one. IMG_2934 Make the assumption that the pattern continues off the canvas and paint silver diamonds to the right of where the assumed blue diamonds are.  Does that make sense? IMG_2940Continue painting the silver diamonds off the edge of the canvas. IMG_2944Add small green diamonds (the same size as the silver ones) to the left of the large, blue diamonds. IMG_2946Add small, green diamonds on top of the large, blue ones.

The pearl and metallic paint aren’t as opaque as I’d like them to be, so I added a couple extra coats of green and silver paint.

Once, you’re satisfied with the opacity of the paint, the project is complete! IMG_3021I really love how this project turned out!

So pretty!

Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink

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DIY Personalized, Polka Dot Canvas

Hi guys!

Several months ago, I made personalized canvases for both of my grandlittles! (I’m getting so old!)

Today, I’m going to show you how you can make one too! DSCN3603Supplies:

  • Canvas (I believe mine are 5″ by 7″)
  • Paint brushes (One big and one small)
  • Round, foam stamp brush
  • Gold Sharpie
  • Paint
  • Pencil

DSCN3614Here’s a close-up of the brushes I used. DSCN3608Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint:

  • Wedding Cake – High Gloss
  • Greek Tile – Satin
  • Gold – Metallic

I apologize for the blurry picture!

DSCN3064Start by painting your canvas(es).

I always like to give mine at least 2 or 3 coats of paint.

DSCN3069Use the foam stamp brush to add gold dots randomly on the canvas.

The stamp brush isn’t perfect.  It’s easier and will end up looking cleaner if you only use a small amount of paint on the stamp brush.  After stamping, you’ll have to fill in the circle with your small paint brush.

DSCN3078Now, add white dots on top.

Since we’ll be writing names in the middle of our canvases, try to avoid putting the dots there.

DSCN3086You’ll have to give the dots several coats of paint to make sure that they are opaque.

Only use the stamp brush for the initial dot.  Use your paint brush for the subsequent coats of paint.

DSCN3100Before writing the names on your canvas(es), practice on some paper!

DSCN3089First, I wrote the names in pencil.  Then, I traced them with the gold sharpie.

After writing the names, our project is complete!

DSCN3098So quick, so easy, and very Kate Spade! 😉

Happy Crafting!!

Bow signature pink

Easy Flower Painting!!

Hi everyone!

I’ve become very interested in painting in the last few weeks, so I’ve decided to share one of my projects with you!

ImageHere’s a bouquet of pink flowers I painted last night.

ImageSupplies:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes (a large and medium flat brush, small filbert (not pictured), and two small detail brushes)

ImageMartha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Raspberry Ice
  • Poodle Skirt
  • Blue Sky
  • Scallion
  • Green Curry

ImageThe first step is to give your canvas several base coats.

I used Blue Sky and my large, flat paintbrush to paint my canvas.  I believe I gave mine two coats, but the more coats the better!!

ImageNext, we’re going to add the tulip(ish) flower on the left.

Start by double loading the small, flat brush with Raspberry Ice and Poodle Skirt.  Then, using mostly the tip of your brush, slowly wiggle up and down while moving in an arc.  This should create the shell shape above.

ImageNow, turn your brush so the light pink is facing up and paint another shell below your first one.  Then, paint an oval shape to create the rest of the flower.

If you’re not satisfied with the way your flower looks, just keep playing around with the paint until you achieve something you like.  That’s what I did.  I kept adding paint here and there until I was satisfied.

ImageDouble load your brush again, and begin painting shells right next to each other.  Keep going until you’ve made a full circle.

ImageOnce your outer circle is complete, create a smaller circle inside.  I went over some of the shells several times before I got the look I was going for.

ImageNow, it’s time to add the little five-petal flowers.

ImageUsing a filbert brush, paint five little petals in a circle.  These are just like the flowers I used in my hydrangea tutorial.

These flowers are really easy once you get the hang of it!

I dipped the end of my brush in paint to create the center of each little five-petal flower.

ImageThe closed tulip is really easy to paint.  It’s just a large teardrop with two points.

Once the majority of the flowers are painted, it’s time to add the stems.

I used the smallest detail brush and Scallion for the five-petal flowers and the larger detail brush and Green Curry for the larger flowers.

ImageAs I painted the stems, I added more little flowers to fill in the spaces.

I also decided to extend the stems to the edge of the canvas.

ImageNow, we add the leaves.

Add leaves wherever you think they should go!

ImageI used the smallest detail brush to do the light green leaves.  The leaves are essentially two parenthesis next to each other.  Like this ()

ImageThe bigger leaves are painted exactly like the smaller ones.

ImageOnce your leaves are painted, the project is done!

ImageI hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Feel free to comment if you have any questions!

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Easy Hydrangea Painting!

Happy first day of summer!!!

I stumbled upon a hydrangea painting tutorial the other day and decided to give it a try!!

ImageHere’s my finished product!! I’m very happy about how it turned out, especially since this is the first time I’ve ever painted something like this!

Would you like to make one too?!

ImageSupplies:

  • Burlap Canvas (available at Michaels)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil

ImageThese are the Martha Stewart Crafts paint colors that I chose to use.

  • Greek Tile
  • Blue Calico
  • Wedding Cake
  • Pesto
  • Green Curry

No matter what colors you decide to use, I recommend two coordinating shades of green and then two coordinating shades of another color or colors.

ImageThese are the paint brushes I used.  I recommend a large and small flat, square brush, a small rounded, flat brush, and a tiny, pointed brush for making dots.

The actual brush sizes will vary depending on how large you want your hydrangeas to be.

Let’s get started!!

The first thing you want to do is lay out your canvas and draw large circles where you want your hydrangeas to be.

ImageNext, use the lighter shade of green and paint leaves around the circles.

I used the small, flat square brush to paint the leave’s base coat.

This part doesn’t have to be perfect.  We will be going over the leaves with more paint in the next step.

ImageNow, we’re going to double load our paintbrush to add depth to our leaves.

Dip one side of you paintbrush in the lighter green and one side in the dark.

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After double loading the paintbrush, start on one side of the leaf and drag your paintbrush to a point.  The burlap creates some resistance, so this can be a little difficult!  Once you’ve painted one half of the leaf, do the same thing on the other half.

Here’s a video that explains how to make the leaves!  It looks a lot easier to do in the video! Just be patient and you’ll be able to make it work!

ImageAs you can see, not all my leaves are perfect! Oh well!!

Next, we’re going to start our flowers!!

ImageTake both your light and dark blue and paint a base layer.

ImageI painted the tops light blue, the bottoms dark blue, and the middle is a mixture of the two.

Now comes the fun part!!

ImageYou’re going to take your rounded, flat brush and paint little five petal flowers all over the place.

Think of the flower as a little man.  Paint a head, two arms, and two legs.  The first few might look rough but after you paint a few you’ll become a master!!

Alternate painting with the light and dark blue.  Don’t clean off your brush in between the colors, this allows them to mix and create a different shade of blue.

ImageWhen you’re almost done, but still have a few empty spots, start painting three of four petal flowers to fill gaps.  You can also randomly add single petals to fill up any additional spaces.

ImageAll of our flowers have been painted! Now, it’s time to paint the flower centers!

ImageTake your small, pointy brush and use white (or any other color you’d like) and paint little dots in the center of each flower.

This step was tricky for me, because I couldn’t tell where the center of some of the flowers were!  If you’re struggling like I was, just randomly place the dots!  No one has to know that you guessed!

Once your centers are painted, you’re done!!

ImageVoilà!! You now have a bright and fun hydrangea painting!!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

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DIY Monogram Canvas!

Hi everyone!

I’m in a sorority, and my big sister’s birthday just passed!  This year I decided to make her gift instead of buying it!  I went on Pinterest for crafting inspiration and decided to make her a monogram canvas!

Before we start our project, we need to gather our supplies.

ImageSupplies include:

  • Print out of desired monogram
  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint (I chose three different colors)
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • Tissue paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie (As fine of a tip as possible)

We’re going to start our project by painting our canvas.

I chose to paint mine yellow with lighter yellows swirls around the edge.

ImageWhile the paint is drying, prepare your monogram.

This website is a great place to print your monogram for free.

Once you print out your monogram, you’re going to lay a sheet of thin tissue paper over-top of the monogram and trace it.

ImageOnce your canvas is dry, use painter’s tape to tape the tissue paper to the canvas.  Try to center the monogram as much as you can.

ImageTake your Sharpie and trace over the pencil lines.  You want the Sharpie to bleed through the tissue paper and create a fine line on your canvas.

I chose to use a yellow Sharpie because my canvas is yellow.  I recommend using a color that is fairly close to the color of your canvas.  If you use too dark of a color, you might not be able to cover the line with your paint.

Next, we’re going to peel up the bottom-half of the tissue paper to see if the ink has transferred.

ImageWhen checking the ink, make sure you only peel up one side of the paper.  If your lines aren’t dark enough, you can very easily lay the paper back down and trace over it again without worrying about the placement being off.

Once our monogram is traced, it’s time to paint.  Painting the monogram can be quite tricky, so make sure you don’t have too much paint on your brush and use small strokes.

Here’s the finished product!

ImageI hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Happy crafting!!!

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