January can be pretty dreary at times, wouldn’t you agree? The holidays are over and seem forever away and nothing super exciting is going on this month. Kids are back in school (unless you have little ones that aren’t there yet like me), husband is working, and now it’s cold and rainy outside. I need to keep myself and my kiddos entertained today, so what to do? How about make some awesome artwork using an old piece of canvas you’ve had hiding under your bed that your toddler can help with? Sounds like a perfect solution to staying indoors!
This is our current view from our front window. Brrr!!! There’s nothing more my daughter loves than helping mommy with her projects. This one I wanted to be special. I wanted it to be about my kids. So, naturally, I did something that my sweet girl could help me with. Here’s how we made our awesome canvas artwork.
First, I dug out an old and already slightly used 16×20 canvas that I got from a yardsale for about a quarter. I decided I wanted a quote on there that reflected how important it is to spend time with and invest in your kids. I also wanted there to be some artwork on it to brighten it up and make it more fun.
I brought my canvas outside and spray painted it this awesome gold color that I had left over from a Christmas project my little brother came up with. While it was drying, I went onto my computer to get started on the saying I wanted on the canvas. I used my Silhouette Studio software to design it.
The quote I chose to use was from C.S. Lewis: “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the MOST important work”. I just love this. Once I finally settled on a font (this only took me 20 minutes, I went with Segoe Script), I used contact paper on my mat to cut out a stencil. My cut settings were blade: 2 and material: vinyl.
After my stencil finished cutting I used reverse weeding (find a great tutorial of that here from Silhouette School http://www.silhouetteschoolblog.com/2015/03/reverse-weeding-explained-how-and-when.html) to remove the negative pieces that I didn’t need. I then used clear contact paper as transfer paper and made my stencil ready to be placed on the canvas. I put this aside for now and got started with the flowers that I wanted to add some color to the artwork.
I used three different clip-art flowers for my middle design. I traced them and cut them as I did for my quote above.
I taped off the section of the canvas that my toddler was going to help me paint. We chose a few bright colors and got to work painting random colors in the middle.
After the paint dried I placed the flower stencils on top of it. A neat trick I’ve learned to do when using canvas is to place a book underneath it so you can firmly press the stencil onto it without ruining your canvas. Now we can take it outside and spray paint over it again.
Once the spray paint dried I brought the canvas back inside and placed my quote on it. Make sure you don’t remove the flower stencils! You will be placing your quote on top of them for now. After my quote was placed, I painted the entire canvas again, this time a different color.
I use my cutting mat to line up my stencil before smoothing it down. This helps me visualize it better to make sure it’s straight because I am absolutely terrible at eye-balling this kind of thing!
We took a break while this was drying and made some chocolate chip cookies, because who doesn’t love to bake during cold weather?
Now we are finally ready to take off all of the stencils and enjoy our awesome rainy day artwork!
At last! The finished product! I love how it turned out and I love even more that my daughter helped me with it!
What kind of rainy day craft projects have you done? I’d love to see them! Thank you for visiting this tutorial. I hope you are able to make some awesome artwork with your little ones too!