I’m SO EXCITED for this DIY Canvas kit! I get asked ALL the time about painting something worth keeping with my littles. SO I created this DIY Canvas Kit to take the work out of DIY! To hear more about the kit, check it out in the shop! For now, let’s get to making it!
The canvas kit comes with one of THREE original, hand lettered designs. I love this one as a reminder that even if your little doesn’t seem creatively inclined, they’re still an artist somehow! To get started, just open up those watercolors, and add water!
PRO TIP # 1Choose two complimentary colors, and add water to ONLY those colors. That way you avoid the dreaded “All the colors brown/gray”.
For this one I used yellow, blue, and the resulting green. I also swapped out the brush for a larger one to help cover the canvas more quickly. The included brush works great also though! From there, just watercolor as much or as little as your little creative would like!
Once they’re done, this is a great stopping point to take a break and let the paint dry. You’ll notice the lettering still shows through nicely for tracing.
Next up is our mama or older creative job. Take the included paint pen, and shake it for about 15 seconds to get the paint flowing. Then on a scratch sheet of paper, remove the pen cap, and compress the tip back into the pen and release it. Pump the pen’s tip like this until you see ink start to fill the white tip, usually around 10 pumps. I like to pump a couple more times after that, replace the cap, and give the pen one more good shake. From there you’re ready to letter!
Simply trace the lettering that is on the canvas, and let the it dry. I used a monoline look here, but you could easily use faux-calligraphy too.
PRO TIP #2To create a faux-calligraphy look, simply add another stroke to the downstroke of each letter. (The downstroke is the part of the letter that your pen moves “down” to create.)
And voila! You’re done, and you’ve got a great canvas to display proudly, to give to someone special, OR as a built in party favor for an art party!
As always, I’d LOVE to hear what you think, so hit me up on Instagram! I’ll be sharing some of my favorite customer posts there all season!
P.S. If you love this idea for your next party, family gathering, or playdate, there’s a discount for buying more! Buy FIVE kits, and save 10% with the code ARTPARTY10. The DIY Canvas Kit Collection is the perfect gift for your little creative OR a great and easy gift to make for someone special!