Alright ladies, after LOT’S of requests and questions, I decided to share with you how I make my Birch Tree painting. Now, this painting is available on my Etsy boutique but I love you all and I just had to share with you this quick how-to.
This abstract Birch Tree painting has been a *hit* for Christmas gifts this season. I recently attended a craft fair and this painting, by far, was the most ordered. So, if you just have no idea about gifts… consider making something! You would be surprised how many people love receiving a heartfelt, handmade item.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Canvas Panel — size of your choice
Plastic Card (that you don’t need)
2. Apply your painters tape where ever you want your acrylic trees. Make sure the tape is completely sealed to the canvas so that there is no leaks!
3. With your sponge brush, paint a blue color over the entire canvas. (Don’t worry, the painters tape will protect your trees!)
4. Once dry, pull off the painters tape.
5. Time to make the trees! Lightly dab your plastic card in black paint. The one I am using is Walgreens; I never shop there anyways. So, after dabbing, scrape off the excess paint. Take the painted end and touch it to the vertical edge of your tree. Lightly drag the card out into the middle — this will create that tapering paint effect.
The cool thing about using the card is that it takes that whole painters “guessing game” out. Meaning, you don’t have to sit there and agonize over where the smears should be.
6. Do this paint/card effect on both sides of the trees. I usually do the left side of every tree first, let it dry, and flip it around to do the other side.
7. So, once you have dragged paint over your trees, the next step is to do a quick touch up. In the picture above I am pointing at a spot I wanted to fix. To do this, simply grab a small paint brush and blend some more black paint into the blemish.
8. Finish your painting off by drawing on a heart and letters with your gold marker!
9. Last step: Spray your project with a matte finishing spray. This is SUPER important if you’re giving the canvas to someone as a gift because, no matter what you try, canvas always smudges when rubbed next to something. It’s super annoying but if you spray it then you can easily wipe the smudges away with a damp cloth!
I had to add a picture with our Christmas tree in the background. 😉
Trust me when I say that this is a VERY popular Christmas gift and it’s so, so easy. All it requires is a little time on your part. It’s not perfect but I like to justify it by saying, “Hey, it’s abstract. It doesn’t have to be perfect!” Abstract and handmade. I don’t know why but there is just something neat about seeing a handmade item with small blemishes — it almost… humanizes it?
Anyways, thanks for stopping by and I can’t wait to get to know YOU!
P.S. Love the bracelets I’m wearing? They are from my Chloe + Isabel boutique!
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