Saturday, February 5, 2011

Free Day to Create!

Yesterday we had a snow day--No school yay!   I was in the "Valentine mood" so... I came up with this fun, easy, AND cheap idea for a painting:

So here's what I did...

1. I primed an old canvas I found in my closet with Guesso. (you can find this at Wal-Mart in the craft secition)
2. To get the raised, textured look on the heart, I applied some sheetrock mud and spread it with a painter's palette knife. (You could use your fingers, a spoon, or a rubber spatula).

3. I painted the heart...I used a lot of warm colors like reds, pinks, magentas, oranges, and yellows.  Then I painted the background with dark blues, teals, and purples.

4. Holding my paint brush really loosely, I painted different color circles in the background to give it that "pop"!  And wa-lah!

5. Lastly, I glazed the entire painting with an antiquing medium (Valspar Antiquing Glaze) I found at Lowe's.  Just paint and wipe off with a soft rag.  And here's the final product:

Please come again Ice and Snow!  

Post your comments and let me know what you think!  Happy early Valentine's :-)

In the Creative Mood,


Today I am joining:

Debbiedoos for her newbie party,

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphasis Monday,

The Girl Creative for Just Something I Whipped Up, and

Dittle Dattle for Amaze Me Monday


  1. Very pretty!! So creative!!

  2. That's why you are an art teacher. So cute!! Johnnie

  3. This is beautiful! Love the colors and the texture!

  4. How pretty! Thanks for joining glad you did. Please add my link indicating you are joining in....XO

  5. This is just so cute! I am a good crafter, but painting's a little intimidating to me. Maybe I'll give it a try. This seems pretty easy and yours turned out awesome! I found you through Debbiedoo's.

    You can check me out at

  6. I'm not crafty at all so I'm always in awe of the projects crafty people make. The painting is beautiful and so appropriate for Valentine's Day. I love the colors.

  7. WOW this turned out just gorgeous! The texture and colors are amazing!

    Thanks for sharing in FFA!

    Hannah @

  8. Very cute! I love the colors you used!
    I saw this on Polish the Stars.

  9. Aren't you a creative one! Love the painting =D Thanks for you sweet comment and for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party.

  10. Love it! I need to send my friend's blog link to you...y'all have the same taste/style. Will email you shortly.

  11. Hi! I just featured your project! Check it out here:

  12. WOW! So great!! Thanks for some REAL art ideas!