I’ve had this empty space right by the fireplace where I removed the colorful abstract art I painted. I just needed a change especially for the holidays.
I had found these big pinecones at the beach and photographed one of them on white poster board background and immediately knew that I wanted a large one as artwork. After researching canvas printing prices, I knew that I’d have to come up with my own version.
So here is what I did.
In case you are wondering how I took the photo of the pinecone. All I did is place it on white poster board outside with natural light and snapped my photo:
DIY pinecone mix media canvas artwork
I had my pinecone file printed at FedEx printing location as an engineering print for $5.99 aka 6 bucks at 24″x36″ and also needed these supplies:
• 24″x36″ canvas
• mod podge (mat/matte not glossy)
• scissors (my favorite HERE)
• small roller
• black and white acrylic craft/artist’s paint
I cut the engineering print’s edges and placed it on the canvas to make sure it’s the right fit.
Then I tore the edges of the paper.
After that it was time to cover the entire canvas in mod-podge with the roller.
Then I placed the printed pinecone on top of the canvas and let it dry. After that I rolled on some more mod-podge.
Some areas were totally imperfect and wrinkled which is fine. Just press them down with your fingers a little here and there. Don’t worry about it because the mixed media part of it at the end will take care of it.
During this process the piece will actually look awful.
When the piece is almost dry I added white acrylic paint to the edges as you can see below. After that I used the large brush to sporadically spread it out. Especially over the uneven edges and wrinkles.
You can see in the following movie how I paint with acrylic and how sporadic it should be. I made the movie for my black and white artwork (click HERE if you are new to my blog).
At the end I added some black acrylic paint into the dark areas of the print and also at the bottom of the canvas. Just let the dark areas of the pinecone guide you on where you should put the black.And voila. I have a custom piece. You guys can do it too.I’m offering the photo as a downloadable file in my Etsy shop for $6 (click HERE). You can also take your own photo. And you don’t have to make a canvas like this you can just print it on photo paper and plop it into a nice frame and call it a day.
I think it’s perfect for seasonal decor.
Did you spy my calico kitty in the lower right corner? They all love the snuggly rug. She didn’t move and stayed there for the photos.
And here is my other pinecone artwork inspector. She supervised the entire process.
I hope you like this easy DIY artwork idea and if you are new around here you might like any of the other following ideas as well. I also always really appreciate any social shares you guys give me. There is nothing better for a blogger.
Also see how to paint this brushstroke art by clicking HERE.
Or if you are into abstract black and white art then check out this post HERE:
DIY easy abstract art (click HERE)
Peace out my friends until Friday!