I’ve seen these canvases on other artist’s blogs & websites & decided to give one a shot this weekend. My favorites are over @ The Magic Brush. I love how she adds feathers & bling!
Well, I didn’t have any feathers so I just used paint and wrapped the edges with ribbon.
I painted this for my husband’s cousin. In our family, cousins call their elders Auntie & Uncle, and we call them nieces & nephews. Aisja (Ay-zha) is my newest ‘niece,’ born on February 25. One thing all my family counts on for their birthdays is something painted by me. But I had missed the baby shower, so I really had no idea what the nursery colors were.
I called Aisja’s grandma for a description of the colors in the nursery. Yellow, green & brown, she told me.
What kind of green, I asked.
You know, Green!
Dark green, light green, forest green, lime green, sage green?
Welll, lighter green.
Hmph. Okay, what about the yellow?
You know – Yellow!
By now I realized I wouldn’t have any idea the shades of the colors and would have to wing it. But I figured it’s a nursery and the colors are most likely pastel.
So, first I printed the name off. Then I centered it on the canvas. In retrospect, I would’ve made it larger. Oh well. I always see a lot of things I’d change in my work. Then I transferred the name with a stylus & graphite paper. If you don’t have graphite paper, you can always just turn the pattern over and mark it with a pencil. Works fine – it just adds an extra step.
I added polka dots some pink butterflies.
I added some little bees. Then I went over the dots, butterflies & bees with fine-tip markers, just to add a little oomph.
The markers added just enough. See how the yellow pops now? I could’ve gone with a brighter yellow – like the bees – but I still wanted that really soft ‘baby girl’ look.
I dug up some ivory grosgrain ribbon and glued it around the sides. I like the little bow – just enough, you know?
So that was one of my weekend projects. What did you work on?