Friday, October 19, 2012

Tutorial: DIY Halloween Canvases

I got a fantastic box of paints, stencils, and tools from Martha Stewart Crafts.
It was seriously like Christmas morning! I kept pulling things out and oohing and ahhing.

I decided I wanted to do some Halloween art canvases to try out all my fantastic
paints and supplies from Martha.
First, I started with these canvases from the local dollar store.
I thought they'd make the perfect jumping point for the Halloween gallery art.

I painted them different colors with my rad Martha Stewart Craft paints.
Then, it was time to get spooky!

First up is the 3D Bat Canvas!!!!

To make the 3D bats I used the Holiday Icons Stencils, Clear Paintable Plastic,
Satin Craft Paint, and Multi-Surface Glitter Paint.

1. Position the stencil on your plastic and lightly paint - working in a dabbing motion.
2. Repeat painting the bats all over the 8x10 piece of paintable plastic.
3. Add a little glitter paint - because glitter makes everything better.
4. Cut out all your cute little bats and then fold the wings up for the 3D effect.

Next, you'll need the Transfer Paper to get that spooky little tree onto your purple canvas.

I found the perfect image, laid the transfer paper (carbon side down) onto my canvas,
placed the spooky tree on top of the transfer paper, and then traced with a pencil.

The spooky little tree outline was on my canvas.
Then, I filled in the outline with the craft paint and BAM!

A fantastic 3D bat canvas for my collection.
I glittered up the canvas with the Coarse Glitter Acrylic Paint for a night
sky effect and then glued on the cute little bats.

Next up is the spiderweb canvas.
You'll need the Martha Stewart Glass Patterning Tape, Chalkoard Paint,
a craft knife, cutting mat, and a straight edge.

1. Cut the Glass Patterning tape into think strips with the craft blade.
2. Create a spider web with the tape.
3. Cover the canvas in chalkboard paint, layer by layer, allowing
for sufficient drying in between each layer.
4. Slowly and carefully remove the tape to reveal the web.

Add a cute little spider with chalk and you've got a spiderweb canvas.

Finally, the 3D pumpkin canvas!

You'll need the Coarse Glitter Paint, Chalkboard Paint, a craft pumpkin, and washi tape.

1. Take your cute little pumpkin (I got mine at the local dollar store) and cut it in half.
2. Paint up a storm with your chalkboard paint.
3. Apply your washi tape and then paint over the tape with the Coarse Glitter Paint.
4. Let the paint dry and glue the little pumpkin into the center.
There you have it - three spooky Halloween canvases.
I don't have a lot of wall space, so I used a staple gun to attach them to a
wide piece of grosgrain ribbon and hung it from my front door.
I love how it adds a bit of festiveness to the entry.

If you want more fabulous ideas using supplies from Martha Stewart Crafts,
then check out these fabulous sites!

You can get even more ideas and discover more about Martha Stewart Crafts
from Plaid by connecting with them on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.


Being Inspired said...

These are so cute! Great job! I love the glitter paint. :)

Meeha Meeha said...

Cute, cute, cute, perfect for Halloween!

Unknown said...

I love these! I keep seeing Martha's paints, but I wasn't sure to make with them. I'd love to try all three of them.

Unknown said...

Very cute!

Unknown said...

Adorable! I have a bottle of the Martha Stewart Chalkboard paint and love it!!! Thanks for the Halloween art inspiration! -Sarah

Judy said...

Cute project! I agree that everything is better with glitter!

Unknown said...

How Wonderful! Perfect project for the weekend!

Crystelle Boutique said...

Your Halloween canvasses turned out super cute! You are so talented!


sadf said...

Anything with glitter wins me over :)

Christine - Tutorial Addict :) said...

LOVE the canvases! Those 3D bats are such a cute touch!!

Alexis Tanner Lane said...

I love how these turned out! I especially love the bats and tree.

Crystal said...

These are so cute! I love martha Stuart paints because they can paint on anything! :-)

Infarrantly Creative said...

These turned out great! Love the colors and the patterns you choose to use! Spider is my fav :) Popping it up on my Facebook later today!


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