Community posts tagged with 'painting'

Spring Break Fun: Day 1

Let's kick off our week of Spring Break Fun with a customizable pop art piece that anyone can do ... just download the free printable, add some glitter and a name in bright puff-paint!


Project Steps:

1) Download and print this PDF for the "ears" template. Place the transfer paper in the center of the canvas, and the template on top. Tape it down and use the pencil to draw over the black lines.

2) Peel away the template and transfer paper. Fill in the ears with the black paint. For the highlight areas, you can water down the black paint so it becomes grey or add white paint to lighten up for add the highlights at the top.

3) Work section by section. While the paint is still wet, pour on the glitter. Do this for all of the hat. Use grey or charcoal glitter for the highlight areas. I used a bit more glitter in places for more of a 3D look.

 4) Fill in the rest of the canvas with the red paint.

5) Add a glittery sheen to the red by brushing on a layer of glittered varnish.

6) Use the Puffy Paint to write the name of your choice. TIP: Practice on a piece of paper first. Sketch the name with a pencil on paper so you can know the size you need.

Materials Needed:

12x12 Canvas

Transfer paper

Black paint

Red paint

Black glitter

Grey glitter

Yellow Puffy Paint



Art Retreat at the Lake Shows Its Attitude

We were happy to provide packets of Craft Attitude film to the three-day Art Retreat at the Lake in Mayville, NY, held in mid-September. The retreat was led by Lisa Calarie, as well as art instructors Shannon Crandall and Cathy C. Strate, who taught media/painting, Gelli plate printing, collage painting on canvas and hammered metal jewelry making. 

"No one had used the film before so it was a new experience for us all," Lisa tells us. "Personally, I think it could become addictive." 

Lisa says the retreat went so well that she's planning it again next year, and will even add an additional day. Here are some photos of the fun the attendees had during their time on the lake:


Making the Rounds: Perfecting the Polka Dot

There’s nothing quite as cheery as a polka dot pattern. Whether they’re small, large or a mixture of all different sizes, they add a certain sense of fun that’s hard to deny. Getting the perfectly circular dot can be a challenge, though, right? There are many ways to add dots and spots to you work. Here are several great tools:

Give your scrapbook projects a little extra sass with a polka dot Edge Punch from EK Success. The edge design is 2 inches wide by 1 inch deep for each punch. 

Get your polka party started with this 12-by-12-inch Prima Elementals stencil to create a variety of dot patterns. Use a small stencil brush to get into those tiny holes. 

Perfectly round spouncers come in lots of sizes and are a great tool for painting your dots. Just be sure to get an even amount of paint on the end of, then place it on the surface flat. Give it a very little wiggle to the right and left before lifting it straight up and off the canvas. 

A dauber, like this jumbo one from Tsukineko, is helpful to apply inks and dyes to your projects. You’ll want to experiment to get just the right look. 

Here’s a nifty way to create a polka dot texture without poking holes – a 5-inch-by-7-inch embossing folder by Provo Craft. It’s made to work with the Cuttlebug Die Cutting System, but works with most die-cutting machines.

Don’t forget the multitude of unlikely tools you already have that can make dot-making a cinch. Like this handy Martha Steward stylus for tiny dots. Other great options: a pencil eraser, a toothpick and the end of your paintbrush. You can make larger holes by outlining the top or bottom of a glass or roll of painters tape.

Do you have other polka dot short cuts? Share them with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page.