Faux Watercolor Inspirational Art

Here we are again, Friday. I love that I can count on you to wrap up a long week. I am excited for the weekend, and all of the possibilities it holds!

Keith and I are debating on if we want to get out of town for the weekend, or just kick it  around Richmond. Monday is our wedding anniversary, and we had originally planned on spending the weekend relaxing at the beach, but the weather forecast looks like it may not be in our favor. So, we may just find some fun things to do around town, and maybe try to plan something special for next weekend.

Speaking of weekend, I have to tell you about our crazy possum round-up last weekend! For the last few months we've had a little possum cruising around our neighborhood and getting into our garden. He seems to have a taste for tomatoes. We've been trying to figure out how to get rid of him. The neighbor was talking about buying a trap, but never did. We considered calling animal control, but didn't want him harmed. We had to do something, but what? The answer to that question presented itself in a most unusual way.

Keith was outside working on the lawn and heard a hard thud outside of the fence. Peeking over the fence, he saw the furry pest lying on the sidewalk. Somehow the possum, who (by the way) is not so small anymore, had managed to fall thirty feet from a tree branch onto the sidewalk below. Keith ran inside to grab me, and we watched in dismay as the dazed rascal slowly came to. I can't believe he survived that fall! Quick! I told Keith we needed to find something to trap him in so we could get rid of him once and for all! He ran and grabbed a big plastic tote from the basement and proceeded to engage in the most hilarious dance down the street with this possum, as he tried to scoop it into the box and the possum politely refused to oblige. I'm watching from a safe distance, both hysterically amused and worried for Keith's appendages, when some guy comes sauntering up the street offering to help. The scene that followed was priceless. The possum is trying to crawl up a nearby tree, this guy is trying to herd it down with the box, Keith is wrangling about the neck with the end of a rake, all the while this threesome is circling the tree like a Maypole. I wish I had taken pictures. They finally managed to brig it down from the tree, drop the box over it, and slide the lid on underneath. Then, the man hops in a car and disappears as some onlooking stranger informs us that, Some people eat those, ya know. That is true. However, we are not those people. Not wanting to hurt the not-so-little guy, only wanting him out of our garden, we took him to a wooded area at the end of our street and set him free. Hopefully he is fine, and not being a nuisance to anyone else.

As hard as it is to follow up that story, I've got a little cute little art project for you. We're still working on getting things up on our walls around here, so it's the perfect opportunity to have some fun and share some art tutorials with you! You don't have to be an artist or spend a fortune to have lovely art on your walls. For this Faux Watercolor piece, you just need a few things.

What you need:

A small canvas (you can find at your local craft store)

Washi tape or masking tape

Acrylic craft paint

Paintbrushes

Mod Podge

A photo printed on paper (I used card stock) or copied

Paper plate

Cup of water

Paper towels

 

How to make it:

This couldn't be easier or cuter! Start by using your washi tape to tape off a patter on your choice. Pour a small amount of paint onto a paper plate and add a few drops of water to thin it out. This will give it the watercolor effect. The more water you add, the thinner the paint will apply. You can also use various types of paint brushes to achieve different looks as well. I used a stippling brush (round flat) and a small flat brush for two different effects. To get a more faded look, dip your brush in water after first applying the paint, dab off the excess water on a paper towel while keeping the brush slightly damp, and use it to drag or dab out the paint. You can practice on a piece of paper first to get the hand of it. You can also go back and layer the paint as it dries, to make it darker.

Once you have filled in each of your blocks, allow the paint to dry, then peel off your washi tape or masking tape. Pick your quote. I chose the quote, Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. I thought it was sweet, and went well with this cute picture I have of Keith with my niece. Use a pencil to write out your inspirational quote, or use a stencil if you like. It will make it easier to paint.  Then use a thin paint brush and your paint color of choice to carefully trace over your letters. You don't have to have perfect penmanship for this. I rather like the look of free form handwriting. It will make it look more personal. Allow your paint to dry.

Cut out your photo. You can use a regular photo for this, but it will not stick to the canvas as well as paper. Apply and even coat of Mod Podge to the back of the picture. Make sure you cover all the way to the edges. Carefully place your photo on the canvas and smooth it down. Use a paper towel to gently wipe away any Mod Podge that pushes out around the edges. To help it adhere, you can flip your canvas over, and place a book or heavy object behind the photo. If you do this, make sure there is no Mod Podge around the edges of your picture, or it will stick to your work surface. Allow the adhesive to dry for 2 hours, then you have yourself a brand new piece of art! This would even make a great gift for someone!

 

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I added a little washi tape, because I thought it added interest to the piece.

I added a little washi tape, because I thought it added interest to the piece.