1. Lay the fabric down flat and iron. Confession: I didn't do this and immediately regretted it. It's trickier to paint the fabric when there are creases and wrinkles all over the place, trust me!
2. Paint the pattern onto the fabric. Tip: I did two layers of paint for a messier look. The first layer I did was imperfect and messy, and the second had bolder, more pigmented brushstrokes. Let dry.
3. Lay the fabric onto the front of the board, flip over, and use flat thumbtacks to secure the excess to the back.
4. Remove the acrylic or glass from the frame ,and pop the board into the frame!
5. Hang and voila!
BRUSHES: I recommend starting with a small /8--1/2 in. angeled brush. Buy a nice one and slowly add to your collection! If you're unsure, get a pack and experiment with a bunch of different brushes!
CANVAS: Any stretched canvas will do! I used an 11 x 14. You can easily pick one up for under $10 at a nearby craft store.
Note/Disclaimer: paintings sold in the shop are completed with higher quality paints. Craft acrylics are used in tutorials to keep them budget friendly. However, if you're looking to paint more seriously, I am a big fan of the brands Golden and Liquitex (around $8.00-$12.00ish per paint tube depending on the size).
HOW TO: PART ONE
HOW TO: PART 2
1. Add a few lines in your vase to represent stems. I never stress about details here and love making the vases really abstract! I usually paint in colors as I go along.
2. Add in a foreground color as a table. Be sure to add some of the color to the bottom part of your vase.
3. Paint purple shapes to start your anemones. Paint circles if you want them to be fully blossomed and facing the viewer, and paint triangles for any that you want to be facing another direction.
4. Fill in the background with light blue, making sure to add color in the vase as well.
5. Add a shadow in a slightly deeper emerald (mix emerald + black) than the foreground.
6. Add thick, assymmetrical white borders to the anemone shapes as petals, leaving a purple center.
HOW TO: PART 3
1. Take a blue/purple hue and blend the white petals with the purple center. Think messy ombre! Add some of this hue to the vase as well.
2. Loosely paint imperfect green foilage arround the anemones.
3. Add in turquoise foilage as well.
4. Add pink details to the bouquet and vase. I dotted on berry-like dots in a few places.
5. Leaving hints of purple showing through, brush on navy circles to the center of your anemones. Rather than painting perfect circles, make them assymmetrical with spikey, rough edges.
6. Add navy spots around your circles to complete your anemone bouquet.
7. Finish with whatever details you see fit. Add in extra foilage if it looks unbalanced, or switch in new colors----have fun with it!
Now hang and share it with @evelyn_henson #brightlydecoratedlife on instagram! I'd LOVE to see your results and hear what you think we should paint next!
For anyone who's ever asked me about framing recs., this post is for you!
If you follow on instagram, you may have noticed I have a new obsession: painted frame mat boards (evidence above). This is certainly no new idea, but I thought I'd share the details for all in need of a little framing inspiration. They're beyond easy to create and (more importantly) add a pop of color to gallery walls everywhere.
What to buy:
1. Just decide on your colors and/or patterns, and paint away. Drying time is about 10-15 minutes. I went with solid colors for mine, but I also did a leopard print (just spot black circles onto a tan color).
Other patterns on my "to paint" list include:
A watermelon pattern (because, who cares if summer is almost over?!)
2. Frame your art and share on instagram with the #brightlydecoratedlife hashtag
Let's rewind. It started with a friend's birthday last month. I was just going to mail her something surrounded in tissue paper and gold tinsel confetti (my former go-to for gifting via snail mail), when I noticed my bin filled with tons of 18 x 24 patterned sheets. When I realized I had a MACARON pattern in the mix (see here), I could. not. resist.
What you need:
And guess what? All you need is a bit of craft acrylic paint and an 18 x 24 sheet of paper. I used 18 x 24, but, for this, the bigger, the better. Just don't go any smaller! The color pairings are really up to you, but as a general rule, pick out two different shades (one darker, one lighter) for each color you want.
-18 x 24 Paper (I used this giant Canson paper but wished I had gone a little thinner to make folding easier )
-Craft Acrylics (see below for my color pairings)
With the same color, paint macarons in different columns to form imaginary rows. So, I put the first macaron in Column 1, Row 1, the second macaron in Column 3, Row 2, the third macaron in Column 2, Row 3, and the fourth in Column 4, Row 4.
See how you're forming imaginary rows as you move down?
Now you can happily send off gifts wrapped in paper made by Y-O-U! If your DIY gift-wrapping venture is a success, share with me on instagram by tagging @evelyn_henson and using the hashtag #brightlydecoratedlife. I can't wait to see how you make this DIY your own!
- 8 x 10 canvas
- Small paint brush (stock up & get a pack of brushes here)
- Baby pink craft acrylic
- Peony pink craft acrylic
- Coral Blush craft acrylic
- Citrus craft acrylic
- Sea Glass craft acrylic
- Dark green craft acrylic
- Emerald craft acrylic (similar)
(Note: I do these tutorials with craft acrylics to keep them cheap and easy for the everyday girl. However, if you're a serious/aspiring painter who is looking to start a large paint collection, grab Liquitex or Goldens paints instead (those are my current favorites, anyway). The color saturation/intensity is worth every penny.)
You're done! Feel free to add in other colors to put your own spin on it. I usually add more pinks to my in-shop florals, but, for DIY's, I try to keep them simple. If you want to share your work with me, snap on instagram and use the #brightlydecoratedlife hashtag.
1. Paint a pink semi-circle/oval in coral.
2. Outline the rounded portion of the semi-oval in lime green.
3. Paint the white space around the watermelon-to-be pink. I like to lather the pink on in a messy, uneven way where you can see the brushstrokes and there's a little bit of white bordering the watermelon.
4. Add spots of black to the semi-oval. Don't think too much about it---just dip your brush in black and dab it onto the canvas. Perfect circles are not necessary.
5. Paint the sides lime green. I painted them a solid green and left pops of white around the corners. You could also do a striped or spotted pattern. Definitely be creative with it if you'd like!
Share on instagram with the #brightlydecoratedlife hashtag!
WHAT YOU NEED
TIME: 30 minutes to 1 hr (possibly more if you're a perfectionist)
MATERIALS: a 5 x 7 canvas, a small angeled brush, and craft acrylics. Be as creative as you wish with colors, but I used Dragon Fruit (pink), Melon (light pink), Yellow Citron (lime) Wasabi Green, Ocean Breeze (turquoise), Midnight (navy), Purple Lilac, and White. All materials can be found at local craft stores.
Note: I used cheap craft acrylics to keep this budget friendly (they're each about a dollar a pop!), but if you want to use nicer acrylics, I recommed the Liquitex, Grumbacher, or Golden brand paints.
LET"S GET STARTED...
I mapped out the whole process step by step so it would be easy to follow. I typically add much more color and detail to my paintings, but I restrained myself for the sake of keeping it easy and quick for beginners. I hope you'll be creative with it! The most important thing to remember is not to stress about perfection. If you're not confident in your brushstrokes, I guarentee you that your lines will come out shaky!
There you have it friends! I hope you find this to be a happy way to bring extra color to your life! By the way, I'd LOVE to see what you painted. Tag @evelyn_henson and use the #brightlydecoratedlife on instagram to share!