DIY: Spray Paint-ings!

Michael’s craft store often has some great deals on packs of canvases, and a while back I couldn’t pass on such an offer. I got 7, 12″X12″ canvases for around $10. I didn’t have a use for them, but I knew eventually I would. Sure enough, when planning how to fill my blank canvas, I knew these would come into play.

First I like to start with playing with colors and designs in photoshop, until I figure out a combination that tickles-my-fancy.

After making a plan and laying down a base coat of gold (to match the newly painted side-table top), it was time to tape up the design, and buy the colored spray paints.

Since I had the design (to scale) in my computer, all I had to do was print out the pattern and use it as a template for taping up the canvases. I also changed the color on the template so as not to waste ink.

In one case I needed a strip of tape half the width of the store bought painters tape. So I got out my e-xacto and cut 1 piece into 2. The other half I ended up using on the next canvas.

After the first canvas is taped up, it’s best to use that instead of the template. Since these are all being hung in a row, it’s ideal if they all look cohesive and the most accurate way to do that is to use the completed canvases as a guide.

Once they are taped, it’s time to layout the drop cloth and do some spraying!


Then let them dry. I was impatient and excited to see my new artwork, so I took them off soon after, but it’s best to let them sit a couple hours if possible.

I love it! Now for the others!

Color fun!

Even the discarded tape looked beautifully colorful. I’m sure if it wasn’t for the high heat that day, I would have come with a diy project that would put that tape to good use.

It adds the perfect pop of color for over the tv (and awkward space to fill). You’ll notice I added a turquoise color in the middle. Since this was so easy to do, I thought why not add in another color.

Now take these as inspiration and come up with your own fun design to spray over. Maybe a hip chevron pattern? Niiiice.

Holiday Cards!

I had every intension of going to the gym last night but I got wrapped up in a more creative project: Holiday Cards! This year I want to make my own cards and I know that as it gets closer to December Im getting busier and busier, so if I want to do it, I have to start now. I can’t reveal the cards Im making until after they’ve been sent (I want them to be a surprise for my friends) but I thought it would be a great day to compile some clever ideas that can be adapted into your own personalized cards.

The Christmas Postcard is a great way to send a greeting while being environmentally friendly. It’s also easier to tack to a fridge with a magnet. And if you create one that doesn’t need and envelope, then you save SO much paper.

Stencils are a fun cheap way to make unique holiday cards. With just a can of spray paint and some paper, you can create custom designs. Here’s a great example I found online:

KSD Creations: Kraft Christmas Card Using a Stencil

This card is made using some snowflake stencils (easy to find online, print yourself, and cut out yourself aka FREE), put them on the card and sponge a little white paint on top (or you can use spray paint) and write “Happy Holidays” on it and you have an awesome card. The fun thing about stenciled snow flakes is you can make many versions and play around with the placement on the card, so each card is as unique as a snowflake (cheesy but true).

Design Sponge is a great blog with crafty ideas and DYI projects. I’m sure I will talk about their ideas a lot in future posts, and you should check out there website for inspiration.

I hate to cut it short, but work’s a madhouse today. In the next few weeks Ill develop more card ideas and keep you posted. But for now, you should start thinking about it, because who doesn’t love receiving an awesome homemade holiday card?