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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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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
The Earth Without Art Wall Art
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.

The Earth Without Art Wall Art
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.

The Earth Without Art Wall Art
3. Paint over everything.  Make sure this layer is contrasting to your first layer, so the words really stand out.

The Earth Without Art Wall Art
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.

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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:
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**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

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!

Your opinions and thoughts mean a lot to me.  I would love for you to leave me a comment below.  Thanks for stopping by today!

 

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