Monday, August 08, 2011
Monday Funday: Splatter Paint Canvas
This post finds me expressing my "child of the 80's" self. How ironic that U2 comes on the radio at this very second! When I was a kid, my mom let me splatter paint my dresser drawers in primary colors. From that, I splatter painted a little bit of everything; storage crates, shelves, I even slung some bleach on jeans that I wore to a dance (back when black lights were cool). Oh yeah! Kids love splatter painting because it's fun to see all the random effects that happen when the paint hits (or maybe I should say splats) on the surface. I've had a stack of canvases in my studio and finally this weekend I got to play. You'll need your paint clothes to make this project!Lay a paint tarp out on the lawn, base coat your canvas (picture frames or skateboards work too) with desired colors. I picked blue for my background. Select three Apple barrel paints and a few brushes. Apple Barrel paints are great for slinging because the paint is a little thinner and drizzles easy.
Dip the non bristle end of your brush in the paint. Ready......Set......Sling!And sling some more! A bucket of water and paper towel is good to have on hand so you can rinse the end of the brush and wipe it clean so you're ready for the next color. Keep flinging and whipping color onto the canvas until you are happy with the desired effect.
My canvas dried under the hot summer sun after about an hour and a half. You could eat popsicles and chat with your kids about Jackson Pollock, the famous abstract expressionist painter, while waiting for the paint to dry.The splatter painting was only the start to our crazy canvases! Now you can pick out some paper embellishments. Check out these cute monster stickers I found for a dollar. I made some circles with my Sizzix machine and scrapbook paper for the stickers to go on top of and added some die cuts and chipboard pieces too. Anything goes here! Lay out all your pieces and get them just so.Use trusty Mod Podge to adhere them to the canvas. Paint a layer of Mod Podge, stick a piece in place, and seal with the Mod Podge. Repeat. Give the entire piece a coat of Mod Podge to make it shiny.You can give your pieces a bit of glow with Hologram Extreme Glitter. Why not title your crazy canvas? This is always a fun conversation to have with your kids!I'm titling mine, "Monster Family in Space!"
The red background piece is a board that I painted with red Folk Art paint and added a layer of red Extreme Glitter on top. I glued the canvas down with a thick glue (put plastic water bottles on the corners to weigh it down while it dries).
Hey! Do you have a good splatter paint story? We'd love to hear it in the comments section!
Friday, August 05, 2011
Freelance Friday: Dolphin Painting
It's FRIDAY!!!! Oh happy day! Check out this amazing dolphin painting. It was created by a talented artist named, Amanda. She used Plaid
Apple Barrel Paints Colors: #20404 Black, #20411 Cobalt Blue, #20584
Lemon Chiffon, #20405 Antique White, #2613 Caribbean and #20403 White. We found Amanda on Facebook, and her painting was so beautiful we just had to post it. Let this be a tip for those of you who would like to be featured in the future. Post pics of your projects on Facebook for us to see. Thank you to Amanda for letting us show your painting. To see more from Amanda please check out her blog, Who Are You Calling Craft?
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Teaching Thursdays: DIY Angry Birds
Today's project comes from the Brassy Apple.
I have heard about Angry Birds, but never have played it. Not because I am not interested, but because everyone I know who does play it, becomes addicted! There are so many huge fans of this game, that it is even being developed into a movie. When I came across this project, I knew it had to be shared. Check out this awesome kids' craft Megan from the Brassy Apple made using just some simple
supplies, and Apple Barrel paint. To learn how this project was made, and to see more projects like this and more, check out the Brassy Apple.