Here’s a craft idea that is perfect to do with the kids. Make a flower and butterfly canvas piece of art by using your finger prints. You’ll love getting your hands dirty to bring out your inner child. A fun craft that’s perfect to make for Valentine’s Day, Easter or Mother’s Day.
Supplies for Finger Print Flowers and Butterflies
Another reason why I like this craft is that you don’t need many supplies. This example was made using canvas, but you could certainly use paper stock too.
1. Squeeze paint into tray and mix colors around until you get a mix that you like.
2. Dip fingers in paint and then press finger prints onto canvas to make the flowers and butterflies.
3. Use pens to add the stems and detailing to the print
4. Use your fingers to smudge the lines and blend the paints as needed.
Make your own note cards with watercolored butterflies that are really easy to paint. There’s nothing like a butterfly to brighten-up someone’s day and that’s why I think they are the perfect choice for note cards. That way you can use them for a Thank You note, or an “Anytime” card to let someone know you’re thinking of her. Whatever the occasion, these notes cards are the perfect fit. And these are an inexpensive gift idea too. All you need are watercolor paints, blank note cards and an angular paint brush.
Have you added alcohol inks to your craft drawer yet? One day I saw a video showing a craft made with these liquid inks and I knew that I had to give them a try. And of course I was instantly hooked. I love the versatility of alcohol inks. You can use them to create paintings, mosaics, jewelry and so much more. Here is one of my favorite ways ways to use these inks.
Alcohol Ink Floating Background
With this technique, all you have to do is mix cold water with alcohol ink. You can then dip any type of item into the water. It’s great for making colorful gift tags, colored wooden pieces and beads for jewelry.
Here are a few examples of gift tags made with this technique. When dry, the tags can be used for stamping and inking.
You can create any color combinations you want. Have fun playing around with the amount of ink that you place in the water. Decide what background color you’d like and then add a drop or two of a bold accent color. It’s also fun to play around with the type of paper that you use.
These beautiful designs show you the depth and variety you can achieve with alcohol ink. By varying the colors and amount of ink added to the water, you can really play around with the designs that you can achieve with this method.
You aren’t limited to simply using paper and cardstock with this method.
These beautiful ceramic beads were created with this technique. The beads were varnished with Decoart Triple Thick Glaze to give them the protective, high-gloss finish.
I hope that you have fun making your own designs using this fluid background technique. I can’t wait to make some new cards to use for the upcoming holiday season.
I love the idea of sitting down with brush in hand to paint a fabulous piece of artwork, but the reality is painting is not my strength. I love arts and crafts, but drawing and painting are not my area of expertise. That is, until I learned about painting with fluid acrylics. This is a fun way to create colorful designs and the best part about it is that anyone can do it- even kids!
You’ll love the abstract designs that you can create. All you need are some acrylic paints, water and a canvas. Here’s a look at a few of the techniques. I hope you enjoy them!
Here’s an alternate technique that is done with the canvas in a vertical position so that the paint drips down to form an abstract design. Use a water bottle to spray the canvas to get the drips and blending. You can also use a sponge to help create depth and detail.
This technique shows you how to use a liquid medium to create a painting that can be peeled off and used in a collage. So you’re using the same dripping technique, but the medium is used rather than water to thin out the paint. The result is a cool skin that simply peels off the canvas when dry.
One of the great things about crafts is that they are great for kids and adults. This DIY canvas craft is so easy that it’s perfect for kids, but an adult could use the same techniques to create something to match your decor, personality and creative style.
Here’s an idea of what you can do with canvas. Check out this article at She Knows for more ideas and techniques.
This craft is inexpensive too and many of the supplies you probably already have on hand. You don’t need all of these, but here are a few ideas for craft supplies that you could use to make a cute canvas art project.
I love this stenciling project. I was just at Bed, Bath & Beyond the other day trying to find a shower curtain I liked and I came up empty handed. There was nothing that I liked and I didn’t like the $40 price tag either.
This article shows you how to transform a drop cloth into a spectacular shower curtain.