When long, hot days are spent inside the house, one tends to turn one’s thoughts inward… mostly toward changing the way the inside of the house looks. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that so many of my friends are talking about updating their living rooms or redoing their bedrooms.
A few years ago I saw this art project on Pinterest, and tucked it away for a rainy — or in this case, a hot, hiding in the air conditioning — day. The artist had taken various leaves and foliage and, using them as a stencil, created an interesting painting. The pictures of the process made the project look ridiculously simple. Ever the skeptic, I wondered if the creator was an actual artist or — as purported — just your average crafter.
My skepticism for this project didn’t leave until I lifted off the palm frond stencil. I liked the way it turned out, and the whole project really was as simple as it seemed. Give it a try: create your own earthy art.
What you’ll need:
▪ Artist’s canvas
▪ Watercolor paint
▪ Foliage (large leaves, fronds or small branches with leaves)
▪ Cup of water
▪ Paint brush
▪ Spray paint
Prep your canvas
The key to this craft is in the way the colors are layered. I wanted the base layer to be lighter and softer than the top layer. To achieve this, first I wet the entire surface of the canvas using plain water and a paint brush. Once completely wet, I repainted the entire surface with lemon yellow watercolor paint. When working with watercolors, you’ll notice that the more water you add, the more diffuse the color.
Find your foliage
As I was waiting for the canvas to dry completely before the next step, I took some time to find some foliage that I would use as a stencil. While I chose for a palm frond, other choices could have included a series of leaves from other houseplants or a ficus branch.
Add the top coat
Next, I headed outside to well-ventilated spray painting area and laid the canvas on some newspaper. Using the palm frond like a stencil, I positioned it atop the canvas; with light, even strokes, I spray painted over the entire surface of the canvas.
Once completely dried, I removed the palm frond and voila! Instant art.