Hello fellow Internet Travelers!
It’s hard to believe December is just a few days away. Thanksgiving has come and gone and our Christmas tree is already up and decorated. I went easy this year decorating our Christmas tree because, well…we have a wild toddler on our hands. Terrible Two’s are real y’all and I’ll just leave it at that. I ran ribbon through the tree, added a few tin Star Wars ornaments and our rubber ducky Lakers ornaments and thats it. I have way to many that mean to much to me that I’d hate to see get broken by the hands of our daughter. Anyways, today was a cold rainy morning so instead of heading to the park we did a art project at home.
I have my daughter paint paintings for just about every occasion. I love it, she loves it, its a win-win! She did a Fall painting for me this year so I thought it would be perfect for her to do a Christmas one.
Didn’t it turn out great? There were a few spots I had to tell her to paint over so the lettering would show up but other then that this is a beautifully done masterpiece by my *almost* two year old!
Here I will share how I set up the canvas to be ready for my toddler to paint. There are a few different ways to achieve a painting like this, Ill provide my tips and tricks along the way.
- * Canvas of any size.
- * Acrylic paint in the colors you want but you will want a white paint as one of the colors.
- * Paint Brush- I suggest a larger brush for younger kids.
- *Either letter stickers or I used my vinyl cutter to create the lettering.
- *Patience. If you’re painting with a toddler, patience is a must!
- Get your canvas and paint a thin layer of white acrylic paint on it. This will help the vinyl or the stickers stick to the canvas. I’ll be completely honest, if you are using vinyl to stick to the canvas, it is ridiculous how hard it is to get the vinyl to stick to the canvas. I’ll talk about that more later on but you will see what I mean.
- While your thin layer of paint is drying, head over to Pinterest and look for your quote or saying you want on your painting. I went with one of my favorite lines from the movie “Elf.”
- Using either your sticker letters OR if you have a vinyl cutter you can use that, place your lettering on the canvas once the canvas is completely dry. Like I said above, it is hard to get vinyl to stick to canvas, but it is possible. Take your time and don’t rush it. A few tips I learned, place a book under the canvas and use a credit card or a scraper to rub the vinyl onto your canvas. Go slow and take your time!
- After you get your quote or saying onto your canvas, paint another thin layer of paint over your letters. This will help seal the letters to your canvas and you will have less paint bleeding.
- Get your area set up for your little one and let them have fun! I use toxic free acrylic paints so I feel better if she gets it on her skin, which she always does.
- When they are done, look over it and make sure the letters get painted over. There were a few places I had to guide my daughter to paint over so the lettering would show up but other then that, I let her go to town.
- I prefer to peel off the letters before the paint dries. Just be really careful. I use tweezers to help peel up the letters. Let dry then enjoy your new artwork!
- Don’t forget to write their name and the date on the back!
Zae is always so proud of her paintings, as she should be! They will be pieces of artwork we will put up every year and treasure forever!
If you and your little one create a painting like this, be sure to tag me on instagram (@alwaysmiyuki) or comment below! I’d love to see what your come up with!
Thanks for reading!
Until next time Internet Travelers,