Once we knew what gender we were expecting, I got right to researching, brainstorming and dreaming about the nursery. Our guest room, which would now be the nursery, was already painted a light grey so I decided to play off the typical girly palette and went with pinks, greys and white for her room.
I was determined to do my best in making it a modern space with basic patterns and shapes and not the typical butterflies, owls and jungle animals. I started hunting and buying all the pieces she needed for comfort and function, but made sure to also throw in some decorative pieces too. She will grow up knowing that mommy is creative and crafty the moment she wakes up her eyes in her new space!
The first project I made was a set of coordinating canvas art. I brought out my little notebook that’s been sitting by my bedroom side table and sketched in during the early weeks of the first trimester when I couldn’t get out of bed. I drew up a bunch of designs and decided to pick my favorites for this collection.
For the chevron design, I laid the painted canvas on my cutting mat. While paying close attention to the measurements on the mat, along with my other ruler, I was able to create a chevron stripe pattern with the double sided tape.
After peeling the adhesive backing, I sprinkled pink glitter down and voila, my first canvas was done!
For the ombre canvas, I created a stencil using a circle punch and a piece of cardstock. Again, using my cutting mat measurements and ruler, I was able to draw out the circle grid. I painted the first and last rows with my lightest and darkest pinks. The two rows in the middle were filled with the darkest pink color and a different increased amount of white.
After drying, I painted all the circles with white craft glue and sprinkled crystal fine glitter. I love crystal fine as it doesn’t turn the surface into a colored glitter. It just adds a layer of sparkle but retains most of the color underneath.
The striped one wasn’t too strong as first. I used painter’s tape to create some striped sections. But when I peeled the tape, there was some leakage underneath the tape. I easily covered that error up by using the double side tape to create additional glittered stripes. Now I love the mix of glitter on this canvas! (which you can see in the finished shot. Sorry I forgot to take more step out pictures of this one!)
To create the argyle design, I created a diamond template on the computer and cut out the shape with my craft knife and ruler. Dark pink paint filled the diamond shapes.
After it dried, I created the outlined shapes using the same double side tape and glitter technique as the chevron canvas.
Look how pretty!
After they all dried, I applied a coat of decoupage glue. I was scared about this step at first, as it does take off some of the glitter from the double sided tape and sprinkle little bits all over the canvas. But it was subtle enough that it looked like I meant to do that! Overall, I was happier knowing that it would seal in the glitter and not continuously fall on my baby girl’s floor.
After drying, the collection was ready to be hung! Now it waits for our baby girl’s arrival in the corner of the room. Look for a future blog post which will reveal the full room design and any additional craft projects made!
(Supplies: Canvas | Acrylic Paint | Circle Punch and Ruler: EK Tools | Glitter, Craft Glue, Decoupage Glue and Craft Knife: Martha Stewart Crafts | Double Sided Tape: Recollections)
Check out the full room reveal here!