Mar 12, 2012

Shamrock Art

The girls and I had a little art session yesterday.  Usually it starts with me pulling out something to work on and pretty soon they are right by me crafting away.  I had all three of them side by side yesterday and it was a lot of fun.  We were playing with a crayon wax resist paired with water color.

I made a St. Patty's theme piece and while I like it, I'm not in love.  Sometimes things just don't look like you think they will in your head.  It's life.  It's ok.  However, it was fun to make and I think with some tweaking I could make something that I would love.  I think the idea has potential.

If you want to tweak the idea and play around with a fun project, here's what I did.  It was pretty easy.

You will need:
1 - 8x10 canvas (Hobby Lobby sells a two pack for $3.99)
Water color paint and brushes
Green Floral wire
Wire cutters

Step 1: Take a piece of wire and shape it into a shamrock shape. Floral wire is pretty forgiving so you can shape, un-do, and reshape until you get it how you want it.

Step 2: Position your shamrock on the canvas how you want it, don't hook it down yet though.  Then using crayons I added some simple designs.  I was just playing around but added some straight lines here and there so I could tell were the shamrock would be on the canvas.  I also used more than one color of crayon.  Not sure why but I did and it worked.

Step 3:  Next, I just added some water color.  I kind of used a color blocking design that I thought kind of looked  rainbowish.

Step 4:  Once the paint is dry attach your wire shamrock.  To do this, I actually poked small holes in my canvas and used small pieces of wire to hold it in place.  I pushed the wire pieces up from the back of the canvas, over the wire design on the front, and then pushed it down to back again.  It's like a little stitch.

Step 5:  Finally, I added the words "So Lucky."  I think next time I'd use rub-ons for this but the hand written words kind of compliments the messy water color look.

So that's it.  I think I will tweak the idea a bit and make a better one but for now, it was just fun to create with my kiddos.

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