Sunday, April 15, 2012

Family Tree Art Project

We have been in our home for 7 years now, it seems longer to me than that.  I love our home.  When we first moved in and I started decorating I went with a tuscan/grape theme and colors for the kitchen and great room area.  The last few months I have started to change things over.  Red.  I really don't know why I decided on red but I'm perfectly happy with it.
I kind of take a while to do things so it is still a work in progress.  I have taken down much of the decorations that were above the cabinets.  I kept a few things and added a few red things.  I have a couple of spots bare but I haven't found something that speaks to me, or the time to go looking without kids in tow.
Several months I came across a post at Creative Carmella that I just loved.  It was a family art project that was fun, colorful, and would capture the family at that time in our lives.

Here is the link to the original post by Carmella family-art-project.  I bought a canvas at Hobby Lobby and used a coupon and also just bought a color of acrylic paints in the colors I didn't have.  The canvas sat in my craft room for two or three months.  I know, I know, just get it done right?!  The middle of March I finally broke down and got it done. 
I masked the canvas so I could paint the red boarder, let it dry.  Then helped my family do their hand prints and let it dry.  I painted the trunks and grass on then after that dried I let them put finger prints of the different colors on their tree.  You can see that my middle boy started to do leaves down the trunk, oops!  No problem, no family is perfect so their art shouldn't be either. 
I really love how it turned out and it makes me smile every time I walk into the room and see it!
So here it hangs above our fire place.  (Yep, my mantel needs help, it is in transition) 
Oh, one more thing.  For the letters, I cut out letters on my cricut in red card stock, but the shade of red card stock did not match the red boarder.  So I used the letters to stencil the word then hand painted the letters with the same red paint as the boarder.

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