This is my fave DIY to date. When I saw these mini easels at the art store I fell in love!. Which lead me to the back of the store to find 4x5 canvas boards (cheaper than the mini stretched canvas). Also picked up some stencils, style I wanted wasn't something I'd normally paint. Overall took me a couple hours to paint them and to stick a little bling on I had left over from my centerpieces. Very happy with how they turned out. But also tempted to try some more as it was pretty fun.
For those intimidated by the art store or painting like I use to be, these are some tips I got that helped me along my way....
- You want acrylic it drys fast and will have great color. Get the tubes, it's thicker and better for covering the canvas. I like the little sample packs. That way I don't have ton of one color going to waste and can try lots of colors to mix up my own. But if you don't plan to paint again, just look for the small amounts of your colors.
- Use water to thin the paint out. Do a thinner coat a few times to get to the color you like. Also helps make the background nice and even.
- Buy the cheap brushes in a package, that way you get a bigger one for the back and a thinner one for the stencil.
- Don't buy a palette. Use tinfoil or a plastic plate. Plastic cups make great water cups for cleaning brushes. Even old dishes, don't clean them, you can later claim they are abstract art
- Protect your table with tin foil, wax paper, cardboard...etc Same with your clothes, the paint won't come off
- Let the bottom layer dry before you stencil (speed process up with a hairdryer). If the stencil smudges, use wet paper towel and the paint will wipe off if paint is still wet