Tuesday, 7 July 2015

easy diy birch forest painting



diy birch tree forest painting
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This isn't an original idea or anything, but it turned out so well and took so little time and effort that I thought it was worth sharing!

I'm always on the lookout for cheap and easy ways to create great artwork. I change my mind about what I want to display so often that if I didn't create a lot of it myself I'd be broke! Or more broke to be accurate ;) So when I saw this idea on pinterest (I was actually looking for mural ideas for the wall in Max's "woodland" room) I knew I had to give it a try, and in a spare half hour while Max was napping last week Em and I broke out our art supplies and did just that.

You'll need all the usual stuff, plus an old membership card to make the "birch bark" effect. I used acrylic paint for the background and a sample pot of regular wall paint for the bark, cos it was the right color and I had it to hand. ~I've often used house paint in art projects, there's no reason not to unless you're looking for some sort of chunky effect that you'll only get with acrylics or oils.

I just used cheapo masking tape cos I wasn't too fussed about clean lines and I didn't want to waste my frog tape, that stuff isn't cheap!



diy birch tree forest painting



I taped off the "trees" with two pieces of tape each.



diy birch tree forest painting



Then I painted in between the trees to make a background.


diy birch tree forest painting



I wasn't feeling my first attempt to I went back over the pink with grey and white.


diy birch tree forest painting



Emilia tried to "help", hence the blue marks....they were on taped parts though so no harm done. I removed the tape before the paint dried, leaving me with clean, white "trees".



diy birch tree forest painting



Then came the fun bit! I dipped the card in the dark paint, tried it out a few times on a piece of paper to get a feel for it (and discovered less is more!) and then just went along the edges of the trees, dragging paint across.



diy birch tree forest painting




Just don't put too much paint on the card, you can always add more and go back over it if you need to.



diy birch tree forest painting




It was really quick and easy, I did the whole thing in about twenty minutes.




diy birch tree forest painting




diy birch tree forest painting



I added the little gold heart with our initials, cos I'm sentimental like that. (cue uncontrollable laughter from anyone who knows me). Really, I just thought it needed something extra. It would look better done in gold leaf but I didn't have any so I just used gold acrylic paint and it didn't turn out too badly.



diy birch tree forest painting




So there you have it. I really like it, it was so easy to do and I think it's really striking. It might even be better with a plain white background, I'll try that next! And I'm definitely going to try the technique on a bigger scale on the wall in Max's room, sooner rather than later. Watch this space!



diy birch tree forest painting



What do you think? Would you give something like this a try?

Linda xx

2 comments:

  1. This looks cool, it really looks like birch trees. For whatever reason I do lots of crafts for my home but never any art or paintings. Maybe it's time! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks! Painting tends to be something I do a lot of cos it's easy enough to make the toddler feel included, anything else needs to wait till she's asleep! I often catch myself wistfully eyeing the projects I want to get started on while she follows me around shouting "up mommy!" :)

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