Do you look forward to Fall as much as I do?
It will be here soon, as evidenced in the stores,
and while looking around one of my local craft stores, I found this beautiful Fall canvas art…
As much as I loved this pretty art, it was a little pricey ($40.00)
and because I love a challenge, creating something myself AND saving money,
I decided to paint my own version.
[what’s new, right?! LOL]
Full Disclaimer: I have “zero” training as an Artist, but I’m a good copier when I’m inspired. 😉
So this week, I headed to one of my local craft stores (Michael’s) and discovered that they were discontinuing their black (blank) canvases,
marking them down 70%, and wanted to get this idea to you quickly so you can get one before they are all gone.
I purchased a 2-pack of 24″ x 18″ for only $6.99
so a single black canvas was $3.50.
I also found fall leaf templates (in the form of a screen print kit) on the Clearance aisle for $3.49.
P.S. OMG, why did I not know about these?!!! They were SOOO easy to use!
After you cut-out the leaves (you have chosen), simply peel off the backing & place the leaf template.
Because each one is self-adhesive, you won’t have to “hold” it in place, keeping your hands free for painting.
And because the temporary adhesive keeps the template lying flat & in place, your paint job comes out perfect every time!
This feature also makes it the perfect “template” product for vertical or odd-shaped surfaces (like vases, etc.)
Afterward, they peel up easily and you rinse them off, pat dry & it’s ready for the next use.
Luckily, I already had the acrylic paint colors I wanted to use (2 shades of orange plus brown, red, white & green).
But even if you had to purchase all of these (around 50 cents ea. in discount stores) & a paint brush, you would only spend apx. $5.00.
And finally, the inspiration print is free to use as an example, if you take a photo (of it) in the store. 😉
Before I painted, I drew my own design (a pumpkin) on the canvas, using a light pencil,
and then wrote my “fall saying” by copying the font from my inspiration art.
Thankfully, Pumpkins are one of the easiest shapes to draw and after much erasing, I finally finished my “Fall Saying”.
But now, it was time to paint!
Painting the Pumpkin seemed daunting, at first, until I studied the pumpkin in my inspiration art.
I noticed there were lighter & darker stripes & I believe these are referred to as shading.
The lighter stripes should be painted where the sun would hit the surface of your subject matter (high spaces)
and the darker stripes in the recessed spaces.
Adding a little yellow to orange paint will work for painting lighter stripes and a light brown paint works great for the darker ones.
Then, once those stripes are dry, blend them by lightly painting over the entire pumpkin (with the orange paint).
I blended brown & green to paint the pumpkin’s stem and used the green only for the squiggles.
For the leaves, I used orange by itself or mixed it with red, brown, etc. (for variety)
As you probably noticed (by all of my mistakes & over-writing), I free-handed the saying I decided upon:
“Happy Pumpkin Season”
But as I made mistakes, I simply erased them before I started painting (them) with white paint.
First, I outlined the letters, but didn’t fill them in too well
because I wanted it to look as though they were drawn with chalk.
In places where I made things too wide or large, I used black paint to cover up those mistakes.
Although I plan to use the finished project in the Living Room this year
as a focal point for The Seasonal Home’s Annual “Welcome Fall Picnic”,
I think it also looks great propped up on the Family Room mantel too!
See what you think…
I hope you like my $7 Fall Art Project and are inspired to try it yourself!