April 18, 2013

Original Paintings by Us and for Us

We just redecorated Ava and Landon's bedroom, and part of the plan was for them to have their own original artwork on the walls. So, yay for 50% off canvas' at the craft store, 67 cent bottles of paint, 1 inch sponge brushes, and a pencil. These 20x20 pieces of artwork ended up costing us about $10 each and roughly 2 hours each. We are so happy with the results!
The kids each chose their own subject matter and we selected paint colors that would match their bedding. When it was all said and done, I did want it to look good with their room.
Landon is 3, so I drew the train and did most of the painting, but he did do the selections of color and did some painting in the larger areas.

Ava is 5, and she did the painting. I just drew the butterfly for her.

I decided to add an additional piece to Ava and Landon' room. The tree. It has a simplistic version of their family tree (going back to their great-great-grandparents) on it. My husband's side of the tree isn't complete yet, because I'm in the process of confirming some names with my mother-in-law, but soon it will be complete!

If you want to create your own original artwork, but you and/or your children aren't very artistic, remembering to only use colors that are in the room, will help you out - a lot! Also, if you are wanting to do something more than stripes or color blocks, you can search Google Images for "_______ drawing" and you'll probably find some inspiration that you can recreate with pencil onto the canvas before painting.

Happy painting!

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