Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Kids' Canvas Art Reveal - A Favorite Thing

My kids took art classes for a few years. The teacher came to the house and often I would be involved in deciding what they would work on. I wanted them to create items they could use in their personal spaces while learning new techniques.

The girls shared a room at the time. I was looking to add artwork to the walls, painted in those days in Benjamin Moore's Cotton Candy (shown below). The colors in their room were pink and green primarily, with a touch of blue and yellow (accents).

Cotton Candy by Benjamin Moore

One of the artworks I came across at that time and loved was this one shown below or something quite similar by the artist, Maria Carluccio. I had seen it online at Pottery Barn Kids (if I remember correctly) but it is no longer available. I had kept a photocopy of it but cannot seem to locate it. To give you an idea of the design here is one very similar done by the artist herself. The colors are a little different from the one I saw.

I loved the mix of colors and that there is a different pattern to each butterfly and that they appear ethereal and almost translucent. I wanted my kids to recreate something similar for their shared room and I thought this would look amazing. 

Supplies used :
-blank 19x15 canvas boards,
-tissue in white and other colors, 
-craft paints
-Mod Podge.

This is what they created:

With watered-down paint they brushed paint onto the tissue and let the colors run into each other. Once the paint was dry, butterfly shapes were cut out. The stripe effect came about by accident when Emily put Mod Podge on a strip of colored tissue paper, intending to stick it on the canvas. She placed it on the canvas but it didn't quite stick, and the dye from the tissue left its mark in a stripe. Thus followed this new-found method of adding color to artwork (for them, at least). The antennae were added on with a fine tipped black Sharpie. Lastly, Mod Podge was applied over the entire canvases.

Each of the girls did one. I love how these turned out. They were four and seven years old at the time. (Next picture taken while in the midst of hanging curtains therefore none on the right).

These are one (two) of my favorite pieces in the house. These are now hanging in Emily's room which was painted Benjamin Moore's Blue Bayou before it became her room. They work against a blue wall, too. They would work against any color depicted in the artwork.

I love that the girls still enjoy their butterflies as much as I do. I think the pieces are a good imitation of the original, the same aesthetic was achieved and yet they are different. And I also love that they are two different pieces instead of one. Some day when the girls are in their own homes they will get one each although it would be a shame to break up the pair. I guess they could always create another two!. 

Is this something you could see yourself creating or have your kids do? The technique could be applied to any subject, really.

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  1. Cool Craft and a Very nice Idea Lisa. Thanks for Sharing.

  2. LOVE this!! Gotta try to make these for my daughter's room.


  3. Gorgeous! It looks so expensive but is still personal and meaningful. Just perfect!

  4. Adorable! Such a wonderful way to display your child's creativity! Thanks for sharing. Smiles~Beth

  5. Very Pretty! I love the water color effect...your girls are very talented...just like you:)

  6. These looks beautiful. What a talented and creative family!

    P/S: I also purchased a pair of colorful butterfly canvases a few months ago. Great minds think alike? :)


  7. What a great idea ... and the results are soooo cute!

  8. That is so pretty! It turned out great. :D

  9. How adorable!! Kid art that looks just as good as adult art. Love it!

  10. Beautiful. Truly darling and wonderful!

  11. These are absolutely beautiful and I can't believe they were done by a 4 and 7 year old. I'm definitely putting these on the "to do" list for my girls. How fun that you were able to have an art teacher come to the house...I would love to do that!

  12. How adorable...they look amazing!!

  13. It is always my pleasure to visit your creative space:) Love the work..they look fantastic!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  14. Oh my!! lovely.. Lovely art work.. They seem as creative as you are!! wonderful :-)

    Thanks for linking in!! Hoping to see you again next week.. :-)

  15. Their artwork is absolutely stunning! Really amazing...I love to see the creative process! It would look fantastic in any room. They will want to take it to college with them...and beyond. So happy to have found your blog!

  16. I really love that your girls did these paintings. What a wonderful keepsake and they look beautiful! What a good craft idea to do with little ones. My daughter would love it.

  17. Love these! I'm putting it on my FB page! :)

  18. Your girls did a fabulous job!! I don't think it was a very easy technique to follow but the girls are very talented. The end result is amazing. If you ask me, I am not sure if I'd be able to do that.

    We have a link-up party going on - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you'd link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.


  19. I just saw you on Knock Off Decor! Way to go Lisa.

  20. those are lovely! I've been getting into papercutting lately - I should have Beauty "design" some specialty papers for me to use.

  21. I'm trying to design a backsplash behind my stove. I wish I was this good! http://decoratingwcents.blogspot.com/

  22. You have been crowned a La-Dee-Da Diva!!!
    I love this project!!

  23. These are so beautiful, Lisa!! I am featuring them on Salvage Savvy's "My Followers Rock" Post today, and I'm your newest follower :)

  24. Those are beautiful! And so sentimental!

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  26. Absolutely beautiful! Can hardly wait to give it a try!

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