Tuesday 6 December 2016

Handmade By The Kids - Paintings

As an Aunty one thing I've always liked to receive from my nieces are paintings and drawings that they've proudly done and I know that many relatives, especially grandparents feel the same.

With this in mind I've come up with little idea for a homemade Christmas gift. 

A canvas painted by a child that says granddads workshop

You will need
  • A small canvas (£2.00 @ The Works)
  • A selection of paints (£3.00 @ The Works)
  • Paint brush
  • Bowls or palettes for paints
  • A jar or container of water for brush rinsing
  • Your chosen lettering on card (Pack of A4 card £1.00 @ The Works)
  • Scissors
  • Blu Tack (£1.00 @ The Works)
  • A bowl of soapy water or packet of wet wipes
Important!!! Remember to protect your table/work surface/carpet/clothes/cat etc!! 

Equipment listed

First, write out your lettering. I used Word and a printer to create mine but obviously not everyone has these! Sketching them out is a simple alternative. It is best you use card as paper will soak up the paint. If you only have paper be prepared to redo your lettering.

Next, cut out your letters and secure them on the canvas with the tack.

Letters cut out on top of a canvas

Letters laid out on a canvas

Open and/or pour out your paints into the pots or palettes.

Paint in glass jars

Let your little one paint away on the canvas. Try and get them to rinse between colours!

Toddler painting the canvas

Toddler painting the canvas   

Toddler painting the canvas

Toddler painting the canvas

Toddler painting the canvas

Painted canvas

Leave to dry and clean up your little artist with the bowl of soapy water. 

When the paint is dry peel off the letters and tack. The space where your lettering has been should have remained white BUT if you have used paper and the paint may have seeped through! Don't panic!! You can use white paint to go over your lettering.

Canvas with the letters removed, making a sign
(Using card letters with slight paint touch up)

Canvas with the letters removed, making a sign
(Paper alternative with lettering re done in white)
This letter canvas' can make a great little gift. Give them a try!

Mummy Snowy Owl

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