I’ve always had to deal with the annoying dichotomy of being creative but not artistic. I love to create, to come up with ideas, to spend hours working on a project until it’s just right, but ask me to draw something, and you’re lucky if I can put together a stick figure.
So when I found myself in need of an extra little piece of holiday decor, I knew I would have to come up with something creative that didn’t require much artistic ability at all. Let’s see how I did!
- 11″ x 14″ canvas
- decoupage + brush (leftover from my DIY Christmas Centerpiece)
- silver paint
- stencil brush
- outline of words on scrapbook paper (I just used WordArt to make my words in Microsoft Word and printed directly onto the scrapbook paper.)
- white paint
- paint brush
- matte protective spray
I may not be able to draw, but I can stencil like a champ! That’s because you just secure your stencil to your canvas (I used painters tape.) and use your stencil brush with a teeny tiny little bit of paint to paint inside the lines. (If you use too much paint, it will bleed underneath.) I started in the middle of my canvas and worked my way out, leaving a few minutes of drying time between stencilings so that I didn’t smudge my wet paint.
And eventually it looked like this:
Woo hoo! While I was waiting for the paint to dry in between stencilings, I worked on cutting out my letters. It was a little time consuming to cut everything by hand, but just put on your favorite show and cut away, and you’ll be done before you know it. 😀
When I laid my letters on the canvas to figure out spacing, they didn’t stand out as much as I was hoping they would against the silver stars, so I did a few coats of whitewash over the stenciling to lighten it up a bit. To white wash, just create a mixture that is 1/2 white paint and 1/2 water (roughly– just eyeball it!) and brush it onto your canvas. It helps to give a little bit of an aged effect.
I also wanted the black outline from my printer to remain on the letters so that they would “pop” off the canvas even more, but as soon as I started decoupaging them, the ink wanted to smear. Yikes! To keep my whole project from becoming a mess, I sprayed the letters with Krylon’s Matte Finish protective spray (found at Michael’s), and I could decoupage them without worrying about the ink smudging.
I did two coats of decoupage over all of the letters, let it dry and…TADA!
I had a beautiful sign to add to my Christmas decor with little artistic ability needed; all I had to do was stencil and cut out some paper! Now that’s my kind of project!
If someone as artistically challenged as me can create this little piece of art, you can do it too! (My mom saw it sitting in my craft room and didn’t believe I had made it at first. If you can trick your mom, you can trick anyone, people! 😉 )
So give this simple Christmas art a try! You might surprise yourself. (I know I did!)
Will you be creating any Christmas art for your home this year?