floral canvas art tutorial {plus a giveaway}

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Yesterday, I shared my bedroom gallery wall with you all, and my favorite part of this wall, by far, is the mini floral canvas. Today, I’m going to share the tutorial for you to make one (or more!) of your own. Plus, at the end of this post, I’m giving one away! So let’s get started…

Materials:
mini canvas (I used a 4″x4″ wrapped canvas)
acrylic/craft paints (background color, main flower color, white, and accent color)
wide, angled paintbrush
skinny paintbrush
round foam brush or a sponge

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Step 1: Choose your background color (I find it’s easier to use a lighter color for the background, and a darker color for the flower itself, but it can be done the other way around as well-the flower itself may just need a couple extra coats of paint). Use your sponge or foam brush to apply color to the entire canvas (sides included!) Let dry.

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Step 2: Take a pencil, and lightly sketch out some thin lines to create the petals for your flower. This is completely unscientific and free hand-you really can’t mess it up. More confident painters really don’t even need to do this much, but, then again, if you’re an expert painter, you probably aren’t reading this tutorial:)

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Step 3: Let’s get our brush loaded and get ready to paint! Take your main flower color (I used slate blue) and squeeze a generous amount onto your palette (or paper plate, if you’re fancy like me). Next to it, squeeze out some of your white paint (you won’t need much). Dip the brush into your main color, and be generous! You want your brush to be pretty full. Then take your brush, and dip just the tip into your white paint.

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Step 4: For the entire stroke, we will keep the tip of our brush on the canvas, not turning the brush onto it’s side. The only thing that will change is the pressure…at the beginning of the stroke, keep the pressure light, as you move through the stroke, put more pressure onto your brush.

So to begin, put the tip of your brush on the end of one of your “petals”. Keep the pressure light (to get a nice sharp tip), and move the brush along your petal, increasing the pressure as you go.

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Notice how the petal got thicker as you moved through the stroke? That’s what you’re after. Reload your brush, and complete another petal. Repeat until your flower is as full as you’d like. I went back and added a few more petals once I painted in all the ones I had drawn…I wanted my flower a bit fuller than I had sketched out. Notice how my petals are different lengths, and point in different directions as well.

Let dry. If you’d like to do a second coat, or add more white (or color) to your petals, now is the time.

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After your canvas has dried, it’s time to add an accent color to give your work a bit of dimension and depth. I chose gold, but any color will do (a dark color like navy or charcoal would’ve worked here, too). Take your skinny paint brush, add a bit of paint, and brush a little on each petal.

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Let dry, and you’re done! Aren’t you proud of yourself? In about 20 minutes you’ve created one-of-a-kind art that would be a perfect addition to a gallery wall, bookshelf, or mantle.

And, today, I’m giving away any one canvas piece from my shop, paper+palette! Enter below (US and International welcome), and good luck!
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new in shop {and a giveaway!) + Sharpie party winner

Happy Friday! First up, thank you to all the talented folks who linked up to my Crafting with Sharpies link party! Random.org chose #11, Just a Smidgen and her pretty Easter eggs, as the lucky linker. Contact me within 48 hrs, and I’ll get your prize out to you! I’ll be created a Sharpie-crafts compilation post later this month and will include some of my favorites!

I’m thrilled to share with you all today some newbies in my other Etsy shop, paper+palette…

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I (very affectionately) often refer to paper+palette as the “red-headed stepchild” of my creative endeavors, as I tend to focus my attention mainly here on the blog and on my other shop, burlap+blue. And, really, I mean no disrespect to redheads out there-I’ve always wanted red hair for myself and am lucky to have some gorgeous redheads as some of my best friends. All that to say…I’ve recently given paper+palette a bit of a revamp, and am excited to share it here today!

Some new items to covet….

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Combining some of my very favorite trends (pink & gold! herringbone!), my Hooray! It’s Today! print is currently adorning my new craft room walls and it makes me smile every time I see it.

il 570xN 575624054 4e8a new in shop {and a giveaway!) + Sharpie party winnerMy distressed gold monogram art print is a new favorite, and would be perfect (in my humble opinion), as a wedding or shower gift. I think this would also look very lovely as part of a gallery wall or used as decor for a wedding or other party!

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fabric destash + mod podge giveaway

Happy Monday, Lovelies! A couple of weeks ago, I decided that it was time for my craft room to undergo some much-needed organization. Never mind that we are also in the middle of a kitchen redo. And, as things often do, it snowballed from a lets-add-some-better-storage makeover to a while-we’re-at-it-let’s-also-fix-the-lighting/paint/closet/workspace makeover. So, yeah, it’s been a bit busy around here:) I’ll share pictures soon, but, in the meantime let’s have a giveaway!

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I sorted and purged my fabric stash, and saved the best pieces for one of you! Here are some better shots…

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Almost all of it is designer fabric, and most cuts are well over a quarter of a yard. In short, it’s a lot of fabric. Don’t sew? We don’t want you to feel left out! I’m also throwing in some Mod Podge Gloss (my favorite formula), so you can be crafty even without a sewing machine.

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