So, if you’ll recollect back to a simpler time (like a few weeks ago) you’ll remember this post we did about our minimalist canvas art. After discovering we had unused canvas lying about in the basement, my 5 year old artist was determined to make a masterpiece for her bedroom.
She wanted a monogrammed piece of art to display to the world and show once and for all that her bed was, in fact, the top bunk (bed ownership had become an issue with middle child who was relegated to the bottom bunk). Since the 5 year old had created a giant letter A on canvas for her bed, almost 3 year old needed to make a giant M for his bed too.
I dutifully sacrificed my last canvas for the everlasting happiness of my child and traced an M right in the middle then handed it over to be painted by the little guy.
I imagined colorful swirls all over, a true display of his inner creativity. I could just see his pride as we hung the painted canvas. This will totally be worth it, I thought to myself happily.
He drew 3 squiggly lines, declared himself “full” (it’s not dinner time, my mind cried) and got down from the table. In despair that my canvas was pretty much ruined (along with my dreams of raising the next Michelangelo), I set it on the buffet table thinking I’d just end up throwing it away. Since I suck at cleaning my house, that scribbled upon canvas sat on my buffet for 4 or 5 days before I was struck with the lightning bolt of inspiration. I can fix this, I thought. I had been searching for the perfect frame for a mommy/daddy/baby picture for baby B’s room and was having no luck at all. I laid my photo over the letter M I had traced and it covered it perfectly. So I just decided to get my craft on, grab my trusty dollar store water colors and get to work.
Water color paints
First, paint several oval/leaf eye shapes across your canvas. Vary them in size and allow a few to run off the edge of the canvas. Don’t worry about them being perfectly uniform.
Continue across the canvas, filling in the gaps with long, wavy lines. Add a few more small eyes as needed to fill in any larger gaps that may form.
After your paint has dried, attach your photo. Lightly coat the back of your photo with Mod Podge using a foam brush. Gently press the photo on the canvas from top to bottom, working out any bubbles in the glue.
To ensure a tight adhesion, flip the canvas over and press it from the back.