by Jennifer Borrego April 19, 2017

What do your kids love? No matter what it is, you can make awesome themed artwork for their room with our non toxic Vibrant Splatter gel paints. It helps to have a vinyl cutter to create a stencil, but you could get creative and mask with tape or just go abstract color wild on a canvas. No matter which way, your kids will love this project & their DIY artwork.

My daughter is a Harry Potter freak! I swear every entering class of third graders probably starts the cycle all over. We recently redid her bedroom & added some of the magic from the series without trying to make it so Harry Potter centric. With each holiday she does seem to add a little more Hogwarts loot to her room though.

You can see some of the other projects in her DIY bedroom starting at this post about her bed and clicking to the others from there.

Her room has been done for a bit, but we were still needing to get her artwork in place. Becca is a girl after my own heart & loves to create. We found some ideas she liked on Pinterest and went to work on making them our own.

Dobby is her personal favorite & made a great place to start on her art wall work in progress.

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We started with our blank canvas...There is something so intimidating about a blank white canvas, once you splash color on it there is not taking it back! Just kidding, a little primer and you are back to blank:) Ah the beauty of painting.

This paint process is a little we & I wanted to cut the chance of paint bleed so we started with 2 coats of our Matte top coat. The beauty of the Pure Home Products is that on top of being non toxic & made in the USA, they all work very well together. Your top coat, can be used as a base coat to prime something, it can be used between coats, and it is the perfect finishing top coat protectant. While the primed canvas was drying. We found an image of Dobby from the internet and dropped it into our Vinyl Cutters design software. I used the trace feature to create the silhouette of Dobby & then enlarged it to fit the size we needed for our canvas. Once all set, it was cut, peeled, and transferred to our canvas.

 

Admittedly, I normally work on wood pieces and not on canvas, for some reason the vinyl that I had on had was not adhering well to the canvas, this is where the blow dryer originally came in. A quick hit with the hot air stream and the vinyl glue was activated. The vinyl seemed to cinch up and form to our canvas. Cold vinyl does not ever perform as well as warm vinyl. This would have been a huge hurdle. Are you still with me?

Next we brused an additional layer of top coat along all of the vinyl edges of the area where we were going to paint. This process helps to fill any gaps between the vinyl and the canvas with clear product. Better to seal with the clear product than to have the paint seap through the gap. It does require a little more product & a little more time, but if you want a clear image then it is a necessary evil. My girl was Soooooo bored during this time. I let her go grab a snack and find some music for us while this layer dried.

When I called her back in she was excited to be getting started! She knows how amazing our Vibrant Splatter is, since she wanted to lighten some of the colors, she was able to mix a little white into a couple of the colors and create a lighter version. I am telling you they are so customizable that there is no limit!!! Once her palette was chosen she got to work making drops (and occasional blobs) of vibrant splatter on out stencil void. It's kinda funny, she likes controlled art...this process did make her a little uncomfortable.

Becca making blobs Dobby silhouette vibrant splatter art

Once she had enough blobs, we grabbed our plastic wrap and she carefully laid it over the Dobby image and the paint blobs. (On this one I forgot to spritz a little water, but if you do that, it does help the paint spread a little easier) Dobby silhouette vibrant splatter art

Now for the fun. She took her hands over the plastic wrap and pushed the colors into any empty spots. This does mingle some of the colors and created some really cool blended effects. Then for good measure she raised her hands up and lowered them back down in a smack on the plastic wrap. This actually added a cool effect where the plastic wrap jammed into the paint & made her giggle uncontrollably. When she felt she had pushed, smeared, and slapped the colors enough, the plastic wrap was lifted. It was already a pretty abstract piece. 

Dobby silhouette vibrant splatter art

 

Next is the waiting for the paint to dry, I don't like waiting so we did a light blow dry again. We did hold the dryer quite high over the project. We did not want to the heat to have a bad effect on the paint. It didn't, it just sped up the drying.

now for the TaDa...Becca peeled away the vinyl...(I always peel to the point where the paint is and first peek before proceeding. We peek to make sure it is dry enough to move forward. It was!!! So she got to take it all off. (During this point, you do want to make sure you keep any wet paint from getting onto areas that you don't want color. A little wet paint on your stencil can get everywhere if you are not careful.)

Dobby silhouette vibrant splatter art

What do you think? comment below to let Becca know if you love her work, if you will be trying it out at home, and please post photos if you do! We love seeing what our community is up to. 

Thanks for visiting!

Jen & Becca

XOXO

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