I love art. I love going to art museums and learning about paintings and techniques and whatnot.In no way, shape or form feel like the things I make are art, like in the fine art sense of the word. I craft. I make things that are pretty to decorate my home, but will never hang in an art gallery somewhere!
And it’s pretty awesome to be a crafty art lover. I’ve made a Mondrian latch-hook rug and created a Picasso cross stitch chart using online software. The rug has since been given away to charity as I have a little house and the things I make are starting to greatly exceed the room I have! And sadly, I cannot find my freaking Picasso stitchery, but I will and I will finish it one of these days (in a long, long time because that is a freaking ton of stitches to complete!)
Sometimes I’ll want to hang up a print from an artist I love or, more often than not, find a painting from a thrift store to decorate my walls. And I tend to use a lot of mirrors. Not because I totally check myself out every time I walk by them, because as my mail lady can attest due to my appearance, I hardly ever actually look in them. But they make lots of lovely light and I adore the sunshine!
So when I need something cute and simple I tend to make what I need myself. Now this “art” isn’t going to rival a masterpiece but dang if it isn’t super cute!
For this you will need:
- Kraft paper cardstock
- Silhouette Cameo
- Silhouette FREE bunny cut file
- Watercolor paper
- Watercolor paints and brush
These are my supplies. My watercolors are in tubes that you add water to in a small vessel. (doesn’t that sound fancy, woo!) These are actually square shot glasses (losing the class here, maybe?)
My paper and my watercolors are the cheapest I could find. You don’t need an expensive pad of watercolor paper or fancy paints. Just grab what you find for a decent price and let’s get at it.
To work with water colors you lightly wet the paper and brush the watered down paint onto it. Here you can see where I was just painting blobs that started to run when I picked the paper up. The paint will spread giving it a pretty, soft look (don’t use the one above as reference, though!)
If you’re no artist (and I’m not, remember?) just keep adding your colors until you’re happy with the paper as a background for your bunny we’ll be cutting out…
If you want something a bit more controlled, You can draw a shape to fit within your frame lightly with a pencil. Splash your colors on the paper but within the boundaries of the shape you made after wetting the paper down lightly. The paint will naturally spread a bit giving the shape those lovely, fuzzy, bleeding edges. Once dry, use a good eraser to remove your line!
Next you’ll need to cut out your shape. Now the glass in my frame broke ages ago because I’m clumsy and can’t be expected to mess with a sheet of glass on the regular and keep it in one piece… That is really neither here nor there but I guess I just felt like telling you that!
Cut your shape out of your kraft card stock. Click the bunny above or visit this link to get your Silhouette cut file. No fancy cutting machine? No problem, print out the shape to use as a template with scissors or an X-acto knife!
Glue into the center of the watercolor and then trim down to size and frame.
Boom! Look at that! So cute and so easy. Not quite a Picasso but pretty awesome all the same! Paired with the pretty floral topiary I made a while back, this is quite a bit of spring/Easter decor that totally celebrates my favorite season!