I really like the size of the chevron canvas and thought I would do something similar. I went to Michael's to buy a canvas and luckily they had them on sale for 60% off. (I feel like if you ever buy anything for full price at Michael's, you are a silly person. Most things are on sale or you can download a 40% off coupon on your smartphone while you're perusing the store). The canvas ended up only being $15.00.. score!
I decided that my
masterpiece 4th grade art project would be a snowflake. I felt like it was less cheesy than a Christmas tree or snowman or a Santa. My original game plan was to paint a snowflake on top of a solid-colored canvas. Then, I thought, I am not a patient person nor does it take much for me to get frustrated so let's avoid WWIII in the Feldmeyer house and use painter's tape instead. I decided to use painter's tape to make the snowflake so that I wouldn't even have to paint the intricate design. Keep it simple, stupid.
I also grabbed some paint at Michael's. I was debating whether to do a subtle light grey or a deep cranberry. My
Now, for the tape - I've heard that the Frog Tape is the best. Ehren ran to the hardware store for me because obviously I had already changed into my most unflattering sweats and slippers. These are the pics I got:
We went with the first one because it was the thinnest - I figured if I wanted thicker lines, I could just overlap the tape. Other than the paint and the canvas, these were my only other supplies.
I hopped on Pinterest to look for snowflake inspiration. I found this pin and picked out the snowflake below to go off of. It didn't go exactly like the picture but that's okay, it was just a pinspiration.
And so it began. I decided to angle the tips of the snowflake. Even though I'm a perfectionist, I knew I couldn't make this a perfect snowflake. Every snowflake is unique, right?
I decided it was starting to look like an Aztec-y snowflake (is that even possible?) and I liked it! But before I started liking it, I hated it. I had a mini-meltdown (meltdown, get it?) in the middle of the taping process because I thought it looked stupid. But then when it was done, I was happy.
I pushed down around all the borders to prevent paint from seeping through.
Next, time to mix the paint. Red + black = cranberry. I was worried I wouldn't have enough paint so I made a lot and it actually turned out just right.
Our conversation went like this:
Jamie: Does this look right? Does it look cranberry?
Ehren: Yea, it looks just right.
Jamie: Why am I asking you? You're colorblind!
Now for the easy part - painting!
The instructions on the tape say to remove the tape immediately and so I did. Which is good, because I was way too impatient to wait until the next morning to remove it.
Please ignore my grossly hyperextended elbow.
Ta-da! I let it dry overnight to avoid getting cranberry paint on my white fireplace and put it up the next morning.
If you know me by now, you know that I love contrast, I love simple, clean, contemporary design without feeling cold - even if it's a picture of a snowflake. I'm excited to have a winter-themed canvas now and I'm starting to ponder what other canvas I could create for other times of the year. (Suggestions appreciated!) This project took about an hour and a half from start to finish. If you do this, don't get frustrated. You can easily remove the tape and change your design as you go, like I did.