Thursday, September 13, 2012

My nephew, Grant, is up in Kansas with Papa and his wife this week.  
I miss that little face something fierce! 
Is it Saturday yet?!  

Any way, a few weeks ago, Sis found this bedding set at the Just Between Friends consignment sale for a bargain, $35.  (You can read more about that weekend here.)

Here's Grant's room with the new set up.
Pretty cute, right?
I thought it was great, but I thought the wall hangings could use a little more punch.  

I opened my often big mouth and offered to paint them on big canvases. I consider myself extremely crafty, but I do not consider myself an artist by any means.  I had never painted on canvas before.  I had no idea what I was getting into.  The animals seemed easy enough to recreate if you look at the simple shapes and take them step by step.  

These were the inspiration pictures I chose to work with.
A big oval, some stick legs, a beak and a wing. Pretty simple, right?
Start with the legs and move up. Easy!
Big blue oval, add the tail and the spout and done.  

Michaels started selling value packs of canvases for $20.  
You read that right.
5 ~ 16 x 20 canvases for $20.
They even have a 10 pack of 8 x 10 canvases for the same price.
And if you're a bargain shopper like me, you use those 40% off coupons they're always sending out and get the same pack for $12!!  I love a good deal.

I'm sure there are artists who will freak when they find out I didn't prime the canvas.  I didn't stick with acrylic paints.  I didn't stick with strictly latex paints.  
I threw caution to the wind and did whatever the heck I wanted.  
I'm a rebel like that.

Michaels had acrylic tubes buy one get one free.  
I also had some of these paint pots I'd gotten on clearance at ACE Hardware a while back.
So, I sat down to some Pretty Little Liars episodes on Netflix and channeled my inner artist.

These are the finished paintings.
(Pardon the horrible lighting and cell phone pictures. It was late and all I had to work with.)
Well, what do you think?!  I'm pretty impressed with myself.  
I can't wait to see them hung in Grant's bedroom.  

I also can't wait until he gets home Saturday morning. 
Super cute pictures like this make me smile in the meantime.
Have I mentioned I miss that little dude?

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  1. They turned out amazing! I'm glad you said something about the canvases on sale !

    1. Thanks! Yes, they just started selling them like this. They're perfect for all of the Pinterest canvas projects we've all pinned.

  2. Nice score on the canvas packs! & your project turned out so cute. I think the giraffe is my favorite. Visiting from

    Drop by & link up when ever you like!

    1. Thanks, Theresa! I'll be sure to pop in and check it out.

  3. ya know you surprise me more and more with all of these crafty posts. You get me itching in my seat to start doing crafts again. NYC has completely dampened that gene in me. There just aren't craft stores around and I look like a goon with canvases the size of me on subways. The paintings are fantastic!

    1. Thanks! Erin...DO IT! If my brother can find crafting stores in NYC then you can too. He gets his crafting on. Don't let The City crush that creative side of you. You're going to need it when that little munchkin you're nannying gets older. GO DO SOMETHING CREATIVE!

  4. Jeeen, these turned out so well, you are such a great aunt.

    1. Thanks, love! That means a lot. I had the best aunts, so I have a lot to live up to so he'll be able to say the same thing 30-some-odd years from now.

  5. Ok, you are amazing. You make me look awful in the Aunt department. Those pictures are awesome!

    1. Thanks! And you are not awful in the aunt department. Just wait until they move back here. It is so much easier when they're local.


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