Welcome Spring with Greeting Cards, paintings, photo frames, and more!

Who doesn’t love color in spring, right? So here are some of my latest creations- using easily available materials, and made quite simply.

  1. Mini Canvas Stencilled Bird Painting                                                                                  20180316_160358    For this painting, I cut the bird design into paper using a craft knife, and taped the edges of the paper to the canvas. Then I brushed over the paper with acrylic paint, and let it dry before removing the stencil. And voila! That’s it!
  2. 3D Pretty Flower Greeting Card                                                                                             20180316_160343    For the card, I simply folded dark blue cardstock into a card. The flowers and flowerpot are made from construction paper and foam, and made 3D with bits of foam.
  3. Painted unfinished wooden frame                                                                                        20180316_160254   This was an unfinished wood frame I bought at Walmart. First I did the daisies in white, ad then painted around the flowers to achieve the texture. I used acrylic paint.

 

Spring’s latest canvas paintings

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This one was one of my trial versions of a Leonid Afremov inspired piece. The lights, made with color contrast, are the focal point, contrasting with the deep background. The lights are simply made by layering white paint thickly on yellow paint. This painting was made using acrylic paints.

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This one is a scenery I did from a youtube video, with some tweaks in color and shape. It was done with acrylic paints, with a lot of complementary and contrasting shades. The mountains give the illusion of depth and space, due to lighter colors being farther away, and the more prominent mountain having darker, concentrated shades.

Mini Canvas Wall Decor

This is a little wall painting I made, using a mini canvas and watercolors. It is quite simple, and gives a pretty and charming effect to a wall.

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Materials Needed:

  1. Small size 3-D ‘mini’ canvas (I used 6″ by 6″ for this one)
  2. Watercolors
  3. Vaseline OR petroleum jelly (included for the slight tarnished effect on the edges)
  4. 1 big brush
  5. 1 small brush (I prefer to avoid using the flat brushes, so that I can get the details in more clearly)
  6. About 1/3 cup of water
  7. black paint (with ultra thin paintbrush) OR black permanent marker.

 

Procedure:

  1. For a slightly distressed effect on the edges, we need to make sure that the paint does not completely stick to the edges. To achieve this effect, take a small brush, and apply vaseline along all four edges of the canvas. Don’t be too neat; roughly apply it for a natural effect. Avoid clean edges.
  2. Using the big brush, gently dip its tip in water, and start applying your desired background color to the whole canvas. I prefer to use light colors such as yellow, blue, or white, as darker colors tend to mix and run when painting the objects. For this one, I used a slightly dark shade of lemon yellow, but goldenrod works as well. Don’t apply the paint with the entire brush, just dab the paint on gently using the tip of the brush. Because canvas has holes and is not smooth, we need to dab the paint on to make sure the paint reaches all crevices in the fabric.
  3. Let the background dry completely. Patience is a huge part of art.
  4. Start painting your final picture on top of it. You can draw the picture with a pencil first, I prefer not to do that, because I am always afraid of the pencil lines showing through the paints. It is difficult to erase them later.
  5. I painted a simple pattern of roses and leaves, using shades of a complementary color scheme. I used rose, a shade of red. Then I used two different shades of green for the leaves and stems. I also used burnt sienna and sky blue for the roses.               20180212_201150
  6. Let this dry completely as well. You will have noticed that the paint does not stick to the vaseline covered areas on the canvas. This helps achieve the distressed effect.
  7. Finally, go back in, and with the black paint or marker, outline your shapes. Don’t go over each and every line, just in some places. Like notice how I did not do each leaf completely, but I only outlined one side of each leaf and stem. This helps the colors stay prominent.
  8. One everything is completely dry, you’re good to go!