You guys, if there was ever anything that screamed bright happy spring time and summer time, this is it.
It’s been a dreary winter and spring is currently following suit. When I can find some way to bring some cheer into our home, I run with it. The bright colors of this hot mess painting technique bring warmth into our home, and the fact that you can paint bright colors however and wherever you want on the canvas is pretty liberating too.
To do this project, you’ll need:
- Acrylic paint
- A canvas
- A cup of water (to rinse brushes between colors)
- Paper towel
- Wall decal
For this featured tutorial, you’ll see my kids’ artwork. This hot mess painting technique was very fun for them yet provided the challenge of sectioning off colors and planning their placement of colors. Sectioning colors was challenging for a couple of my kids since, when they paint, they love to mix it all up until it’s brown. 😁
First, choose your colors. Then, have at that canvas! You can plan your colors based on where the decal will go, or be completely random.
Once the bottom layer is dry, you can apply your decal to the canvas. You can get decals here or make them with your Silhouette or Cricut machine. You could even cut out your own design by hand in contact paper.
Now it’s time to paint over everything. You can use white like we did, or any other color that you didn’t choose for your background. Make sure it will provide a nice contrast to the background, though. Spread the paint nice and thin. Let it dry or use a blow dryer to dry the canvas.
Time to remove the decal! This is the exciting part.
How beautiful are these?! And these were done by a 2, 4 and 6 year old! I can’t wait to put these up in their room.
Next time, I’ll show you how to do this technique on a wood board, which I love because you can sand the edges of the top layer so the rainbow of colors comes through.
What do you think of this fun painting technique? Let me know in the comments!