My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.


DIY: Imagination Grows Here Wall Art

When I was pregnant with Nora, I had all these grand plans to make art for her room. I didn't make much art while I was pregnant because I didn't have an easy pregnancy and all my creative energy was just zapped.  Fast forward to now- I am completely motivated to make art for her room. The plan is to work on an art gallery wall- where I make some art, we make some projects together and hang some of her own creations.  I love having art in my home and am always rearranging, making new art and am always on the look out for new art.   I hope by making art with and for my daughter it will inspire her one day.

Letter Sticks- I used Project Popperz by Elmers
Acrylic Paint - I used Black, White, Gold, Turquoise, and Red- I added white into the colors to make them more pastel.  I would suggest not using the cheapest craft paint because it will be watery and it won't provide the best results. I like Delta, Folk Art, Americana, or Martha Stewart.
Acrylic Varnish- I used a matte, but a high gloss is fine.
Paint Brush- a big brush and then a flat head for details and lines.
Painters Tape
18X20 Canvas but wood would work fine also.

Lay out your canvas and I applied a layer of Gray paint (mixing white and black paint) and let dry. Put on the letters onto the canvas. Now tape off what you want to paint and apply were ever you want to color. Let this layer dry before removing the tape.  Remove tape and letters and lay down another layer of tape in whatever shapes you want and paint! You can remove the tape before this layer is dry but before applying another layer you want to let this layer dry completely (which should only take a couple of minutes because acrylic paint drys pretty quickly). Now apply as many layers as you want when I satisfied with the amount of layers and colors. I outlined the letters with black to make the letters pop a little more and not get to lost in the shapes.

I really love how it turned out and think it's a good start to Nora's art gallery.


Jennifer Prod said...

ah- what a gorgeous painting- it's hard to believe you accomplished all that with some masking tape? i'm inspired :) just might have to try something similar...

17 Perth said...

True story..I love art projects that involve painters tape! Haha. I am not super talented--so things like this always seem doable for me!

Eva said...

I love the first one!

Unknown said...

I dream of the day when I can sit down with my little ones and color and paint. Alas, it has not happened yet. They always have other ideas.

Love the painting!

Unknown said...

I love that you're making a gallery wall for and with your daughter--so sweet! I can only imagine how tired you must've been during pregnancy, but maybe it's better you waited, so she can join it.

p.s. I keep thinking I'm going to email you back and then it slips my mind until the next day. So sorry, I am definitely going to email later today and thanks so much for yours!

xo Mary Jo

Hildi said...

I love these signs, thanks for the inspiration. X

Diana Mieczan said...

I adore art projects and your piece is so beautiful!! I am totally inspired:) Have a great day, lovely.

Tales of Whimsy said...

So clever! I really like it.

Alexa said...

Oh this is so cute. Love the tape idea...genius.

Running with a Glue Gun said...

I love how graphic the painting looks. Also the colors are sooo pretty. This technique would definitely look cool on a bigger canvas :)

Becca said...

This is so pretty! It looks amazing!

Becca | <a href=">Ladyface Blog</a>

Rach said...

This is beautiful! I love it!

© Erika Lee Sears