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Singing Birds Canvas Art with FolkArt Paints

By: Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
I have always found comfort and happiness when I was busy designing and creating. I have many interests and talents and often I am torn when deciding which art medium to work creatively in. Decorative painting is my first love; however, I also enjoy stenciling, jewelry making, sewing, crochet, needlework of all kinds, cooking, card making, faux finishes, decorating and gardening. Working in the craft and hobby industry for many years, I have enjoyed the pleasures of traveling, teaching, and sharing with others basic crafting how-tos! Currently, I am employed as the Marketing Education Director at Plaid. My career journey to this day, is still allowing me the gift of sharing with others the joys of crafting and finding their creative spirits! I hope that our creative paths may cross one day. Until then... happy creating!
Upcycle an old serving tray into a work of art with Mod Podge, FolkArt Acrylics and Folk Art Stencils.
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Skill Level: Intermediate
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Supplies

Mod Podge ® Podgeable Papers - Maps/Sheet Music/Book Print
Item #24880
Podgeable Papers are thin, lightweight and easy to apply with Mod Podge! Pretty and practical, papers work great on flat or curved surfaces and form to shape of surface with ease. Fold lines will smooth away once applied.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Deep Ocean Blue, 2 oz.
Item #2555
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


Stencil Decor ® Brushes - Stencil Brush, 3/8"
Item #34038
A Stencil Decor ® tradition, high quality, white China bristle brushes feature solid wood handles and seamless aluminum ferrules for maximum paint hold and professional results every time.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Light Blue, 2 oz.
Item #402
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Teddy Bear Brown, 2 oz.
Item #417
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Titanium White, 2 oz.
Item #480
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Buttercream, 2 oz.
Item #614
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Turner's Yellow, 2 oz.
Item #679
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Wicker White, 2 oz.
Item #901
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home decor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Calico Red, 2 oz.
Item #932
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Item #CS11301
Mod Podge ® is quick-drying for multiple coat build up and dries clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.


Other Supplies
237124 Ashland Tray
4 x 4 Canvas (2)
Brush basin or container for water
Paper towel
Scissors
3/4” Flat brush
Hot glue/gun

Instructions

  1. Measure and cut Sheet Music paper to size for inside bottom of tray.
  2. Adhere Sheet Music to bottom of tray using Matte Mod Podge and ¾” flat brush. Smooth in place and allow to dry 10- 15 minutes. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to entire bottom to seal papers.
  3. When dry, antique or darken corners of sheet music using ¾” flat brush loaded with Teddy Bear Brown. Antique or darken corners of metallic tray as well. Think Teddy Bear Brown with water to ink-like consistency; load stencil brush and speckle the entire surface by brushing your thumb over the stencil brush bristles.
  4. When dry, apply a final coat of Mod Podge over tray to seal antiquing.
  5. Load ¾” flat brush with Turners Yellow and Buttercup. Using slip slap technique, paint a background over canvases including sides. Be careful not to over blend as you want to achieve a mottled look of the two gold colors. Allow to dry.
  6. When dry, stencil birds, branches and leaves on prepared canvases. Branches are stenciled Teddy Bear Brown. Stencil leaves Hauser Green Medium and Teddy Bear Brown. The birds are stenciled, Light Blue, Deep Ocean Blue, Calico Red, Turners Yellow and Teddy Bear Brown. Refer to picture for color placement. Allow to dry.
  7. Using same speckling technique as above, speckle the edges of the canvases with thinned Teddy Bear Brown using your stencil brush.
  8. When completely dry, attach two canvases to the interior decorated tray using hot glue.

Tip: When stenciling, be sure to use a dry brush with little paint as this will help you blend colors as shown on the leaves and birds.

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Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

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