About two months ago I was inspired by this picture I found on Pinterest. I had a canvas that I had done and re-done several times and decided to use it to create a canvas for J Baby’s room. A helped me put it all together and it took quite a bit of work, so when we were done A didn’t really want to part with it. Now I am in the process of creating a similar design for J’s room so they can both have one.

Here is the version in A’s room:

Materials you will need:

Canvas

White Art paper (I used folded easel paper from A’s easel)

Mod Podge (or you can create your own)

Staple gun (watch yourself!)

tissue paper

Lots of blue, white, and black acrylic paint

Star stamp (I cut mine out of a sponge)

Silver glitter

What we did:

First, I let A color the easel paper with a variety of crayons (his only instructions were to not use only black and to cover all the paper)

Second, I wrapped the canvas in the easel paper like wrapping a present and then stapled it using a staple gun (keep away from children! Use at your own crafting risk!).

Third, we tore tissue paper and then decopouged it on to the top easel paper now stapled to the canvas. I did not tissue paper the sides and let the crayon show. This is not easy as you want the tissue paper to remain fairly smooth. You layer and layer until you get the look that you want. Then let it dry for a full 6 hours or more (I let it dry overnight).

Fourth, I painted the black lines on the canvas. Let dry.

Fifth, I let A paint the blue in between the black lines. Basically I would let him paint some, then I would add white paint and he would paint some more. It’s okay if it overlaps through the black lines, you won’t be able to see it. Then you let that dry.

Sixth, I mixed silver glitter with white paint and then let A use the star sponge stamp to stamp the stars. Then I went back and painted the black lines around the stars.

Finally I poured glue in the middle of the circle moon and let A dump silver glitter all over it. Let dry and then shake outside.

And that’s it! It sounds like a lot of steps but I extended it out over a long period of time. It gave us a craft to pull out every once in a while and of course A loved it when it was finished and said “please, please can I keep it in my room and you make J another one?” So I am…

I couldn’t figure out how to photograph so the colors would show up correctly, but here’s the idea (they are especially wrong since J’s room is painted green and this makes it look peach. Doh. Anyway, I am doing it a bit differently than A’s canvas and it is taking me a bit longer, but I’ll have it done eventually!

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