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Wet Canvas Silhouettes – Painting with Water

Wet Canvas Silhouettes - A water and acrylic painting technique I made this painting as an entry for round one of the 2013 One Crafty Contest. I’m so proud of how it turned out, and it was good enough to get me voted to the next round! A BIG thanks to those who voted!! Would you believe me if I told you I didn’t use a paintbrush? Ok, so I did use a foam brush to paint the black background, but the sunset was painted with water. What? Water? Yep! Keep reading, and I’ll tell you how!

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First I needed to make my stencils to create the tree and jumping boy silhouettes.  I don’t own a Cricut or a Silhouette cutting machine (oh, how I wish I did!), so I freehanded the shapes on the back of vinyl and carefully cut them out with a sharp scissors.

(The in-progress shots aren’t the best quality since they were taken in bad lighting late at night.  It’s the best time to work, since both of my boys are sleeping!)

Hand sketched vinyl stencils
I painted my canvas completely black with a foam brush, let it dry, and put the vinyl stencils on.  I actually really liked how it looked at this point with the black and white contrast.  The contest required us to feature paint in our entry, so one layer of black paint wasn’t going to cut it!

Painting over stencils
I did a few things to ensure my stencils would come away with clean lines.  I used a credit card to smooth down the vinyl and get all the bumps and bubbles out.  I put a lot of pressure on the edges of the stencils to make sure they really stuck.  Then I painted another layer of black over the entire canvas and the stencils.  That way if any color was going to bleed under the stencil it would be the color that was already there!  This technique works well when you’re painting designs with painter’s tape too.  The second layer of paint also helped glue the stencils down and provided a barrier for the next step.

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After everything dried, I used a spray bottle filled with water to completely soak my canvas.  I was a little nervous about this step not knowing if my stencils would hold on, but they did.  I squeezed my paint directly on the canvas and used the spray bottle as my paintbrush to push the paint around.  It’s amazing all the ways you can manipulate paint with water!  A light misting will blend colors, a sideways stream will move the paint, and a heavy soaking will streak the paint.  I had a lot of fun experimenting with the spray bottle. In the picture above, the paint is still wet and heavily soaked with water.  It took a really long time to dry!

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Once the paint had started to dry, but before it was completely dry, I removed the vinyl stencils. Then I just let it dry the rest of the way. All that’s left to do is hang it up!

Wet Canvas Silhouettes - A water and acrylic painting technique

Wet Canvas Silhouettes

Wet Canvas Silhouettes

Wet Canvas Silhouettes

Wet Canvas Silhouettes

Wet Canvas Silhouettes

Here are some other canvas projects you might enjoy:
The Earth Without Art Wall Art DIY Wall Art- You Don't Have to be an Artist DIY Wall Art- Textured Mixed Media

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Featuring: M! Edition #1

M really loves to sit next to me and watch me do my crafts.  A lot of the time he’ll ask to do his own craft, and we’ll sit side-by-side in a crafty zone!  Just about every day I hear, “Can we paint something?”  I thought it would be fun to feature some of his artwork and crafts every once in a while.
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I‘m calling this one:  Abstract Dinosaur Art.  But keep reading and you’ll see what name he gave it. He really explored color mixing with this one, and it was his first time painting with stencils. He painted this about a month ago when he was 3. He just recently had a birthday.  I was painting my canvas for the DIY Wall Art – Textured Mixed Media post at the time.

I should mention, when you ask him to smile for pictures, he gives a big cheesy smile with a scrunched up nose. So I told him to do a little smile.  It’s better, but not his natural smile. He’s still cute, though!

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Look at that awesome stenciling talent for a first-timer.  I really think it was creative how he stenciled them in one color and then went over it in another to create the green outlines.

Just, Dinosaur Picture
Love the layering of colors.

Just, Dinosaur Picture
Awesome!

And here’s a little interview with M, talking about his painting in his own words:

What is your favorite thing about your painting?
I like all the dinosaurs.
What’s your favorite color in the painting?
Blue, red, green.  I like three.
What is your painting called?
Just, Dinosaur Picture
How did you make it?
I painted it with colors… and made it with the stencils.
Do you remember painting it with me?

Yeah.  I like painting with you, not by myself.
What else do you want to tell me about your painting?
Hang it up!

And that I will do!

Here are some other wall art projects you may want to check out!
DIY Wall Art - Textured Mixed Media DIY Wall Art - You Don't Have to be an Artist DIY Sticker Stenciled Wall Art

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DIY Sticker Stenciled Wall Art – Stickers from Oriental Trading Company

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I love this quote, and knew for a while that I wanted to make some kind of wall art with it and hang it where I do my crafting.  I really like the reverse stenciling technique, where your fill color is under the stencil and your background color gets applied around it.  An easy way to do this with letter stenciling is to use stickers.  I really like this sticker pack you can get from Oriental Trading Company.  It comes with 12 sheets of stickers.  Each one has several letters of the alphabet, symbols, and punctuation. They also come with 3 different letter sizes and several styles.  So they are perfect for creating a unique looking quote.

The Earth Without Art Wall Art
The Supplies
1. canvas
2.
stickers
3.
acrylic paint
4.
painting supplies
5. painter’s tape (optional)

The Directions
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1. Paint your canvas however you would like and let it dry completely. This will be the color of your letters.  If you want each line of the quote to be a different color, measure, and paint stripes.  You can get really creative with this step!  I chose to make mine look like Earth, to match the theme of my quote.

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2.  Spell out your words using the stickers.  I found that these stickers aren’t very sticky, so I used a hairdryer to melt the sticker glue a little once they were in place.  For stubborn stickers, I applied a really thin layer of Mod Podge under them and around the edges.  I also added some strips of vinyl so more of the first layer would show through. You could also use painter’s tape.

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3. Paint over everything.  Make sure this layer is contrasting to your first layer, so the words really stand out.

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4. Let it dry and remove the stickers.  Make sure you pull them straight back over themselves to get clean edges and not straight up or at an angle.

Oriental Trading Company is my go-to place for online craft supplies.  They have over 30,000 products in hundreds of categories.  Besides craft supplies, you can find party, wedding, scrapbooking, teaching, holiday, Sunday School, VBS, kids’ craft supplies, and so much more!

If you haven’t heard of Oriental Trading Company before,  a visit to their site will definitely be worth your time!  Everything is affordable, and they have a Lowest Price Guarantee.
Here are some great links to get you started:
1. Shop OTC
2. Sign up for email savings
3. Request a free catalog
4. Sign up for Oriental Trading Rewards
5. Explore free project ideas

**This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading Company.  I received a gift card to put toward products for review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions and reviews are written with complete honesty.  The entirety of this post is comprised of my own thoughts and words.**

Here are some other wall art projects you might enjoy:

DIY Wall Art- Textured Mixed MediaDIY Wall Art- You Don't Have to be an ArtistDIY Love Note Frame

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Love Notes – DIY Frame

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I’ve decided to hop on the “I love you because…” bandwagon.
This craft is so popular, I don’t know who to give the original credit to.
It’s a never-ending love note.  The glass in the frame makes it dry erasable.

The Supplies
1.
picture frame
2.
paper (scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, printed paper)
3.
dry erase pens, crayons, or pencils

The Directions
You really don’t have to go out and buy a fancy frame.  You can buy a cheap one or pick one up from a thrift store or yard sale and give it a makeover. I bought a plastic $3 frame from Walmart.  It started out black, but I wanted it white.  Easy fix? Spray paint! Unfortunately, a big gust of wind blew some grass and dirt onto my last coat of paint, leaving little bumps. Sigh.

Decide how your want your “I love you because…” image to look.  You can use scrapbook paper, regular paper, wrapping paper, or really any kind of paper. Even fabric. I used scrapbook paper and stickers for my letters.  You could also write the phrase on your paper or print the whole thing out.

Put your paper in the frame, and use a dry erase utensil to write your love notes!

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I decided to use kids’ dry erase crayons.  They aren’t as bold as markers, but are much easier to clean up, especially if the words get stuck on after awhile. I also like that they come in a variety of colors.

I upcycled a food container to hold the crayons, sharpener, and eraser cloth.  I covered it in coordinating scrapbook paper and painted the cardboard rim black. You could also put magnets or velcro on your pen and the back of the frame to keep them out of sight.  Since I have a bunch of crayons, I wanted a container for them.

These are so easy to make, I might start giving them as gifts – weddings, anniversaries, Valentines Day, and birthdays!

My final cost to make this project was just under $4!  The crayons cost an additional $3 and change.

Remember, if you post about this project, please be sure to link back to me or grab a button from the sidebar. Thanks!

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DIY Wall Art – Textured Mixed Media

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A colorful textured canvas that is easy to make!

It even has a recycled element!

The Supplies

1. canvas

2. tissue paper

3. Mod Podge (or similar)

4. acrylic paint

5. oil pastel (or a very waxy crayon)

6. water

7. sponge brushes

8. scissors

The Directions

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Start by taking an old piece of gift wrapping tissue paper.  It should be larger than your canvas size.  This is a great way to recycle tissue paper that’s been used a few too many times.  Scrunch it up.  Open it up. Repeat, repeat, repeat! The more ridges and crinkles you have, the better!

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Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on your canvas using a sponge brush that has been dipped in water. (Sorry for the quality of some of these pictures.  This was late night with bad lighting.)

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Gently place your tissue paper on top of the Mod Podge.  Make sure there is tissue hanging off all four sides.  Don’t smooth it down.  The idea here is to keep all those ridges and creases you made.  If you want it less textured in places, gently pat it down.

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Glue down the tissue to sides of your canvas using the same technique in the previous steps.  Do NOT place your canvas on its front while you’re doing this. You’ll flatten out your creases.  Gently fold the corners down, and glue them in place.  Don’t pull too tight, or the tissue paper might rip. They don’t have to look perfect.  Random creases are what we’re going for here!

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Without getting too close to the edge, cut away the excess tissue paper. Now glue the cut edges down and around the back so that the cut edge isn’t visible from the side.

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Balance your canvas on top of something – like the top of the Mod Podge bottle – to let all the sides dry.  As you can see, I made two at the same time. I have a very specific home in mind for these two, but I have to get some other fun projects done first 🙂

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Once your canvas is dry (or mostly dry) water down your first paint color.  You want it kind of runny. Use the sponge brush to dab on the color.  Don’t actually paint it on, because the tissue paper gets wet during this part and will easily tear.  You can dip your sponge brush that already has watered down paint on it into some clean water and dab with that to create different effects with each color.

Now, you’ll have to make a decision for this next part:  Let it dry? Or don’t let it dry, before adding the next color? I decided not to wait.  I don’t have that kind of patience.  Plus, I liked the idea of my colors running into each other.  This is why you should only use 2 or 3 colors.  Otherwise, you’re going to end up with a brown mess!  Whichever way you choose, dab on the next colors just like the first.  You don’t have to fill the whole canvas with all the colors.  Get creative!

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Here’s how mine looked after the second and third color with the paint still wet. Let your canvas thoroughly dry before moving on – like overnight.  Bleh, I know, waiting is no fun when you want instant gratification, but it’s worth it!

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Now that your canvas is nice and dry and crunchy to the touch, pick out your pastel color.  You should use a version of a color that is already in the painting, or something that will provide a lot of contrast.  Either way, you’ll show off all those pretty colors.  How?  With the pastel on its side, gently and slowly rub across the painting. The point is to highlight all those ridges, bumps, and bubbles.  Don’t push too hard, or you’ll start coloring in the area between the ridges.

There’s no right or wrong here.  You could take your time and color every little crease, or just get the big obvious ones.  Don’t forget to do the edges of the canvas, too!  If your pastel left some crumbly looking stuff on your painting, just blow it off.  You could probably do this step with a really waxy crayon, too.

Ok, now look at it.  Are you happy with it? Good, cause you’re done!  Yay, now you can call yourself an artist!

Ok, so you’re ALMOST done.  You have the option of sealing it, which would probably be a good idea because of the oil pastels.

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Alright, let’s see those paintings! Comment below with a link to your picture.

Remember, if you post about this project, please be sure to give me credit and link back to me or grab a button from the sidebar. Thanks!

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