Friday, July 22, 2016

A Whale of a Canvas!

A little boy's room with nautical theme -- what could be cuter?!  Well YOUR little boy's room could be with this whale motif canvas!

I didn't want to title this post "mixed media canvas" - I think that can sometimes sound a little intimidating and this mini canvas couldn't be easier!  Let's see how....


Clear Dew Drops (different sizes)
Smoky Chevron Cardstock (use polka dot side)
8x8 Canvas
DecoArt Paint - Robins Egg Blue
DecoArt Paint - Chalky White
Oversized RicRac Trim
Black Sharpie Pen
Special Tools:  Sponges, sponge stencil dauber


  • Prepare your area with a bowl of water and a paper plate or pallet paper to pour your paint on.
  • Using a damp sponge, "DAB" the Robin Egg Blue paint over entire canvas - and don't forget those edges!  Allow some of the white of the canvas to show through - - using the sponge will give your canvas added dimension - with some areas of the paint darker than others and the white canvas showing through in spots.
  • Allow to dry (or pull out your heat gun and help it along!)
  • Using a sponge dauber, dab the white paint creating "clouds" over the top 2/3rds of your canvas

After your canvas is dry ...

  • I downloaded a whale coloring page and printed it.  You might be artistic and able to freehand draw a whale on a piece of white paper.  Either way, loosely cut around your whale drawing and adhere it to the BACK SIDE of the patterned paper you want to use.
  • I am using the polka-dotted side of Smokey Chevron.  You will see this paper in a lot of my projects - - I think the silvery color and patterns are an amazing "go to" - - a snazzy new neutral!
  • Once your whale is cut out, carefully outline the shape with a black Sharpie pen.
  • Adhere your whale shape to the bottom 1/3 of your canvas (depending on the width of the trim you are using for the "sea")
  • Adhere a black Dew Drop to your whale cut out for an eye
  • Freehand cut a few "water drops" from the glittercardstock for your whale spout - - adhere to canvas
  • Attach ric rac trim just below your whale (note:  I am using a lime green oversized ric rac from the fabric store, but you can really use any kind of trim here!)
  • Using a CLEAR DRYING GLUE, attach different sized CLEAR DewDrops around your canvas

And that's it!  Custom art from the Robin's Nest!

Have a crafty weekend!


marie-christine denis said...

Very cute and nice tutorial.

Karen said...

Great idea! love those Dew Drop bubbles!

Colleen said...

So adorable.

The Robins Nest OCrowley said...

Cute!! I love it!

Michelle Wells said...


Angela Tombari said...

So sweet!

Charity said...

Clear dew drops as cool!

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