A few months ago Tiffany @ MakingtheWorldCuter hosted a blog Baby Shower. How fun is that? I immediately contacted her and offered a handpainted Baby Name Canvas as a give away.
Annette @ Seasons of Joy is the winner! Here’s the cool part – or what I think is the cool part -Annette is pregnant, yes, but she’s having twins!
We could’ve worked up a cute canvas for twins, I’m sure. But Annette had an even better idea.
She has three sons and one daughter. I know, I know . . . and here come twins! Gotta hand it to this gal! She’s one busy lady!
She had the idea to have the canvas painted for her 9 y.o. daughter, Katie Grace.
One girl with three brothers? She absolutely deserves something pink and pretty, don’t you think?
I sketched an idea out.
Just a rough pencil sketch. Annette told me Katie loves pink, pastels and dance stuff.
A few colored pencils and Sharpies give just an idea of what the finished piece will look like. I emailed this to Annette and got her approval to go ahead with the painting.
Different shades of pinks, creamy yellow and cheerful spring green. Yum-Mee.
I loosely painted yellow and green stripes and then a mottled pink border.
I’ll explain ‘mottled’ in a minute.
Feng Shui Savvy note: the stripes add the Wood element. The assymmetrical curve of the border adds a little Water.
Some pink stripes connect the top and bottom borders.
Okay, I said the border was ‘mottled’, remember? That’s just two or three shades of pink wet-blended together. Gives a little more depth and dimension.
And it’s just so much fun to smoosh the paint all over!
You probably can’t tell what this from this pic. It’s a chalk sketch of the bow and ballet slippers.
If you’re not comfortable freehanding, you could transfer some clip art. But I like chalk. If I make a mistake – which I do – often – a damp paper towel easily erases the chalk.
And the crown/tiara. Every little girl must have a crown/tiara in her room.
It’s written down somewhere, I believe.
If it isn’t, it should be.
Every little girl should have a tiara in her room.
Now it’s written down.
And Katie has three brothers already with possibly more on the way.
She gets a crown and hearts!
The first basecoat.
Bows & ballet slippers.
Stars & Crown.
Feng Shui Savvy Note: The ‘hanging’ ballet slippers = Water element. Stars & pointed Crown = Fire.
Are you keeping track? That’s four out of the five elements. What’s left? Metal. And the pastel colors = Metal.
That makes this painting balanced with all five feng shui elements.
Just in case you’re interested.
A little definition to the bow and slippers. Just a bit of shading.
Makes a world of difference, doesn’t it?
Just go a couple of shades darker than your main color to shade. If it looks too blotchy, apply the main color back over it.
For her name, I used the Lucida Handwriting font.
You can paint the name, use a paint marker, or a felt pen. Or if you have a Cricut or Silhouette, cut it out in vinyl.
By the time I figured out how to use a Cricut, I could just paint it. So that’s what I did.
I could’ve left it as is. Or I could’ve added some shading to Katie’s name to make it stand out more.
I could have.
But then I wouldn’t get to play with my favorite toys . . .
I ordered a set of 24 colors last year from Amazon. And I love these guys.
Love them, I tell ya.
Watch what they do to a painting . . .
And this . . .
And the piece d’ resistance . . .
Don’t you think it adds a looser, flowing feel to the painting?
Yeah. Me, too.
Now her Katie’s name doesn’t fade into the background.
I just have to get email approval from Katie’s mom and this’ll be shipped off to a very special 9 year old sister. Yay!
You did realize that I can ship my paintings anywhere, right?
And you do realize that I have a Nursery Mural Registry? Where all your family & friends can pitch in on a custom piece of art?
And you know, you could do a Birthday Party Registry if you have, say, a 9 year old little girl who needs a special painting (or whatever age).
I’m just sayin’ . . .