I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive art so I do what every good mother would do, I force my kids to make it.
I’m only joking, they absolutely love to paint so they were willing participants in this project. We actually did this quite a while ago, but originally it was for the living room. When I took down their gallery wall I wanted some new art in their bedroom so I gave the frame a new coat of white paint and hung it on this blank wall by the bunk beds.
It started as a large collage frame (41’” x 34”), which I purchased about 7 or so years ago at Garden Ridge in Richmond. When I got tired of the collage look I needed to find something new for it so I decided to get some Duck Cloth and craft paint and let the kids make this large abstract masterpiece.
Duck Cloth is really inexpensive and can be purchased at any fabric or craft store, I think this took about $7 in cloth, the gesso I used was from Michaels at around $14 and the craft paint I already had lying around. I like the Martha Stewart paints, they are about $1.50-$3.50 per bottle and there is a huge selection.
I feel pretty silly writing out instructions for this, since it’s pretty simple but if you aren’t familiar with Gesso, just know it is to prepare the canvas for paint. Cut your cloth to size, paint on some Gesso, let it dry per instructions on the container and then give the kids some paint brushes and let them go to town. If your toddler is anything like my toddler, this painting will end up being a lovely shade of brown. I let him paint first and then when he lost interest I let Ayanna come in and paint around his work. She even threw some glitter in there for good measure.
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