This weekend Ryan and I escaped up to the cottage. We needed a little away time but that doesn't mean we didn't do any house projects!!! I have been looking and looking and looking for some art for our bedroom walls. I wanted 2 pictures, one for either side of our window in our bedroom. Just a reminder our bedroom is painted a grayish blue and we have our beautiful diyed wallpaper headboard (see here) which is silver and white. And eventually (whenever I finish it) we will have a silvery purple chair in the room. Anyway, I have been looking for something for the walls in the bedroom. I wanted something fun that would tie in the purple chair and silver headboard but as much as I looked I couldn't find anything I wanted.
Then while browsing Pinterest I came across this lovely tutorial from Its Doable blog. I LOVED IT!! Isn't the canvas beautiful!!!!
I knew I wanted to test it out and see how it looked but I didn't want to spend a lot of money because I've tested stuff like this out before and its looked AWFUL!!! I put it to the back of my mind because I knew the canvas alone would be about $15 each.... THEN while at Dollarama picking up some party supplies I discovered that they sell canvases for $2 for a 16 by 20 canvas!!! WHAT!!!! I grabbed 2 (wish I had grabbed more!) I also picked up some silver and purple paint from Dollarama... seriously I love that store!!!
I told Ryan he would get to create one and I would get to create one. I also told him he could do whatever he wanted with his as long as it went with the bedroom. I wanted to create a streaky silver and purple look for the background of my canvas. So I poured a bunch of silver paint into a bowl and a smaller amount of purple and only slightly mixed them together, this way I had swirls of purple throughout my silver paint. For Ryan's we added spots of blue to the silvery/purple paint for a slightly different look. Here is my swirled paint bowl below.
And my silvery purple canvas... sorry bad picture, apparantly the lighting was bad on all the ones I took at this stage...
Here is Ryan's canvas with the background. See the streaks of blue!
Now I forgot to take pictures of the next few steps.... Anyway, I cut out a bunch of leaf shaped pieces of paper in various colours that I had on hand. Then I placed them in a pattern on my canvas, I did end up switching up the colours a bit as originally I had put a bright pink it but it looked bad so I switched it up for a nice lime green. Then once I had the placement correct I used Mod Podge to glue each piece down and then covered the whole canvas in a layer of Mod Podge.
Now back to Ryan's canvas... I had said he could do whatever he wanted... well I should have said whatever he wanted within reason... his FIRST layout was of an inappropriate hand gesture.... He just smiled when I looked at him and said "Well you said I could do ANYTHING!" argh! Then he came up with a great idea! He wanted to have a path to nowhere. I loved the idea and he placed it out and with a little help from me (Ie.
After the Mod Podge dried this is what we were left with!
And Ryan showing off his art!