Friday, May 17, 2013

LOVE canvas with Hand and Foot prints

I literally cannot tell you how much I love this canvas project! All I did was order a canvas through Hobby Lobby and covered it in acrylic paint (I used Artist's Loft in Crimson). The hardest part was actually painting the canvas because achieving a real, true red takes A LOT of coats. I seriously used almost an entire 4 oz. tube of paint! After I was finally satisfied with the color, I used my 21 month old's feet to make the V and my 4 1/2 year old's hand for the O. Then I printed out the L and E using a typewriter font (which I enlarged to 500 pt font to get a 5 inch tall letter) and traced them, then filled in with paint. It should be noted that I used semi-gloss white house paint instead of acrylic because of the base color. When I first tested the acrylic, the first coat of white looked light pink after it dried and I obviously couldn't do multiple "coats" of hand or feet prints, so this was my solution. I love the result and it's such a personal, but clean and simple touch to add to the home. Plus this would make a great gift and you could do it on a smaller scale, but that would probably work best with infants. 

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