Years ago, for our first anniversary, Mike asked me what I wanted, and I said that I didn’t want any gifts, but a little weekend get-away, to a nice bed and breakfast outside the city, and I wanted to go horse back-riding. Simple, right? Well, for those of you who do not know Mike, he is a big American History fan (… Did I say “big”? I meant HUGE!). More specifically, the Civil War. Well, we ended up in Gettysburg, and my horse back-riding was a guided tour of the Gettysburg battlefield…. I should’ve been a little more specific…In all fairness, it was a wonderful weekend and the B&B was awesome!
I told you that story to tell you this one:
There is a wall in my living room that was in dire need of some color. The problem was that the TV is also on that wall, and I couldn’t find anything that would go with my living room, not distract from the TV, and still bring some color. Thanks to my wonderful Mother-in-Law, I have a subscription to “Better Homes & Gardens”, and this month, they had this on the cover:
I thought this would be a good idea, with different stencils and probably different colors. Originally, I was just going to paint them on regular paper and frame them. However, Michael’s had a 2 for 1 sale on packs of canvases, so I bought a couple. I also needed brushes and paint. Since I’m not a professional artist (I repeat: NOT a professional), I got the best bang for my buck: a pack of 10 brushes, a box of 12 watercolors and a box of 12 oil paints. Total cost: $35! Pretty good considering that this stuff can get really expensive. I was so excited to make these, that while I was making them, it never even occur to me to take pictures for Hippie Points… oops!!
I found the pictures that I wanted online and made the stencils myself, very carefully (while my friend PJ was making me listen to french ska music). I used watercolors, because they are unbelievably forgiving, and I’m not a fan of spray paint. So, when Mike saw them, he really liked them and asked me to make him one of Abraham Lincoln (yes, you read that right: former president Abraham Lincoln… I know what you’re thinking, and yes I did marry him) for his office. At the very least, I could show you the process I used to make mine. I’m sure there are many different ways to do this, and a lot of them are probably easier, but this is what worked for me.
Paint (if you are good use whatever you want. If not, stick to water colors or color pencils)
Cutting materials (scissors, mat, etc)
black and white picture of what you want.
color pencil (that matches the color you’ll use)
1. You want to frame your canvas with the adhesive tape.
2. Decide if you want a reverse or regular stencil, which is going to determine if you cut the black parts or the white part of the paper.
3. Since I wanted a reverse, I ended up with a creepy, zombie looking Lincoln.
Tip: if you have any sections of the “stencil” that’s to flimsy, of that you know is about to rip, put some adhesive tape on it, and that should do the trick.
4. Tape the stencil to the canvas centered.
5. Outline the stencil, with the color pencil that matches the paint that you’re going to use. (if you look close enough you can see it)
6. Paint! First grade refresher: stay inside the lines. Let it dry, and remove the tape.
Personally, I don’t really think it looks like Mr. Lincoln, but it is not for me and Mike loves it!
Here are mine:
I decided on a Blue dolphin
and a Purple “namaste” fella’…
Obviously, I need more practice. But for now, they work beautifully!