I had so much fun with this project because I got to see my daughter’s creative side. She loves painting with her $2 watercolor set, so to upgrade to this large canvas with bigger brushes and more paint…she was in paint heaven! The artwork came out to be less than $50, and it was worth it because my daughter is so incredibly proud of having made it. It matches our pillows, and it adds that pop of color against our neutral colored furniture.
I still want to add a frame around this to make it not look so “kiddish”, and I found a great tutorial on how to create one here. I don’t have a miter saw though, so I gotta see if I can get Home Depot to cut it for me or my neighbor to do it. I wish Home Depot can just have a section in the store where you bring your project and rent their tools. Now I would be in heaven!
Our furniture is mostly black or brown and our wall paint colors are beige and brown. I went out on a limb a few months ago and bought some lime green pillows for our brown couch. Since our family room and eating area is one big area, I wanted to blend everything together with a painting with some similar greens, yellows, and blues. I think that’s the biggest hurdle – choosing your colors. Once you have that, it’s a pretty easy, painless project. Let’s get started!
With my Michael’s coupon, I purchased this 36×36 canvas and a few other items. I stood back in line to use another coupon because their policy is to only let a customer use one competitor’s coupon at a time, and I had plenty of items in my basket that were screaming for a discount!
Tarp (2 pieces) from Home Depot: $4
Paint Mixer Tray: $.98
Different tubes of acrylic paint: $3.99-9.99 (for the big white tube).
Several foam paint brushes: $5
Total: Less than $50
***Tip: Did you know that Michaels and Joanns have an app so you can just pull up coupons from your phone and not have to hassle with printing anything? You can use those in addition to the ones that come in the newspaper/mail/email!
Ok, here we go…
Spread out the tarp. The paper/plastic tarp was pretty flimsy but did the trick. It ripped in multiple places but luckily nothing spilled through. I didn’t have it the first day, so I cut up black garbage bags and secured it on my floor with some painter’s tape which is what you see below.
I liked mixing white to all of the colors to make it a little less bold. In the end, my daughter somehow mixed every color with one another eventually turning into brown. It was cool to give her an impromptu lesson about how certain colors mixed with others would make a new color. Red + white = her fave color.
We painted the whole canvas yellow first…
Even my baby did some painting but we had to cut it short because she started stomping on the paint with her feet. For a split second I thought it would be fun for her to just step over the canvas with her feet as her way of contributing to the painting…but nah! Not a good idea especially since I didn’t purchase the thick wrapped canvas.
Completely covered in yellow -
The second day involved more painting…
Making random shapes and swirls…
The touch up process. I only allowed white paint this time, and told me daughter to have fun making white paint marks everywhere.
Wrote her name on the corner like a true artist: