For my friend's presents, I wanted to create a series of items that were fundamentally similar in structure but that showed the personalities of each of them. It was a fairly hard task, but I settled on unique framed canvases, each representing them and their interests. I won't explain exactly why I chose each theme as some are self explanatory, however I'll give a quick rundown of how I made them.
The materials and supplies I used were:
- 4 mini canvases with easels
- A length of wooden moulding
- A cutting mat
- A hack saw
- Saw guide
- 2 clamps
- Acrylic Paint
- Black ink pens
- A sponge
- Craft Foam
- PVA glue
- Paint brushes
- I started off with a rough idea as a couple of sketches (like the one above) to figure out what components I wanted in each and where I wanted to place them.
- After that I measured the width and length of the canvases and used that to cut out the separate pieces of my frame from the wooden moulding.
- I used clamps and a hack saw with a guide to cut the frame pieces at a 45degree angle so that they would slot together.
- Once all the frame pieces were done I stuck them down as complete frames on each canvas with PVA and once dried, covered them with several coats of white acrylic paint as a base.
- From there I painted, with either a sponge or brush, the individual colours of each canvas.
- I cut out craft foam pieces for things such as the signs, teapot, snowman etc. and painted them.
- I attached the foam pieces on with PVA and once dry added the pen ink designs over them and the rest of the canvas.
- The canvases are now done! :)
For Ben's parents I used my new watercolours for the first time to make a painting of their wonderful pets; Kali and Dolly :)
surprising amount of time for me to realise this and think of the idea. I got a pre-made book box from HobbyCraft and then painted a design of the fantasy characters that represent us, in the style of the Gravity Falls cartoon :)