Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fingerpainting Art

My girls LOVE to get messy with paint. It's safe to say that it's one of their favorite activities. They are more than happy to cover our kitchen table with vast expanses of white paper and fill them up with their colorful designs.

We were accumulating quite the stack of finished artwork, so I decided to do something with it. I really didn't want to get rid of it, or at least not all of it, so we repurposed it into something new.

I picked a simple, graphic shape of a flower and cut out some templates in plain paper. I just freehanded some different size petals that would fit on my canvas. I already had a 24"x 24" canvas left over from another project. I painted it a turquoise blue and dry brushed some brown on the edges to give it a little dimension.

I went through the girls' finished artwork and separated it out into different colors that I wanted to use. After cutting out all of the shapes, I used matte Mod Podge to attach all of the petals onto the canvas. I had the girls put their handprints onto one of their paintings for my center portion of the flower. I used a brayer to try to get all of the air bubbles and wrinkles out. There are still a few, but I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Finally, I gave the whole thing two coats of Mod Podge over the top and then sprayed it with clear acrylic spray.

It was the perfect addition to our little playroom at the top of the stairs. The girls love knowing that they created it. They always point out their handprints to guests!

Monday, March 14, 2011

My New Mirror

On a quick trip to Goodwill last week, I spied a large oval mirror. It was a nasty metallic gold and VERY dirty, but I thought it had some potential. With a $7.99 price tag, I brought it home.

This weekend, I decided to have the girls help me transform it into a new mirror for their bedroom in the new house. First up was a good cleaning.
Next, we headed outside to give it a good coat of spray primer.
In keeping with the funky vintage theme for their bedroom, I picked out spray paint in this fun turquoise color, Lagoon.
Several light coats went on and we gave them each time to dry.
Then, I used Ralph Lauren glaze tinted in black to glaze the frame and make the details really pop. I applied a heavy layer with a sponge brush and then wiped off the excess with an old rag.It has been propped up against the wall in the living room for a couple of days now and we're hearing lots of "Mirror, mirror on the wall..." :)