Winter Berries on Canvas

December 8, 2010

I took a painting class years ago and it taught me one truth: I have very limited skills when it comes to recreating an image with paint on a canvas.   Grrrr, how I struggled with my first (and only) still life.  (Never never never again will I torture myself with a still life!!!)  Ugh.  One thing the art class did do for this left brain lawyer was kick the right side of my brain in gear and it forced me to get creative on canvas!   As a result, now and then I find it therapeutic to create little pieces of art for my home.  

Last year, I made this little winter berries canvas, and never posted any sort of ‘how to’, mostly because I didn’t think it was so great.  After bringing it out again this year, I realized I really do love it!  I was a fun and simple painting, and the little berries popping off the canvas are a fun backdrop to a holiday vignette. 

 cg berries on canvas

 

After some gentle prodding by several readers (and actually finding those darn pictures from last year) I’m offering up the quick play by play.   As with any non paint-by-numbers art project, you need to go with how you feel, what looks right to you because the beauty of art is its subjective nature.  That said, this is the technique that worked for me! 

 

The first thing I did was grab a faux berries swag from my local craft store plus a small white canvas, a few bottles of craft paint (sky blue, silver, burnt umber and black) and some brushes.

supplies

 

Next came two coats of simple sky blue paint.

sky blue paint

 

A mixture of burnt umber and black together formed the color of the branches.  I painted them free hand in an asymmetric design, then glazed some silver paint over the canvas for a subtle sheen.

silvery paint then branches

 

I added ‘snow’ by dabbing a few lines of tacky glue across the branches, then dusting them with white glitter. 

glue and glitter

 

Then I snipped a few red berries off that faux branch, and attached them with more tacky glue . . .

snipped glued berries

 

Finally,  I dusted the berries with a few more dabs of glue topped off with glitter . . . 

 

berries on canvas collage

 

It changes throughout the day, blue in daylight, gray in softer light, I like that. 

 

cg winter berries on canvas

 

You can see the ‘bluer’ side of it behind our manzanita advent tree from last year.

 truffle box

 

I’m getting excited for Sarah’s Christmas Tree link party tomorrow as we finish up the rounds of Holiday Home parties, also hosted by Rhoda and Layla last week. 

Also a very big holiday Ho Ho Ho thank you to all who participated in the (still ongoing!) Christmas Craft Link Party!!!  There are over 500 inspirational links there, be sure to check them out!  You peeps are just so creative, I love it!

See you tomorrow with (hopefully) decent shots of our tree . . . and just so you know, I did something kinda crazy this year, something I’ve never done before.  I actually bought a flocked tree.  Aaaaaaahhhh!!!!   If Elaine Benes were here, she’d push me down and holla “GET OUT!”  

Seriously, there’s a flocked tree in my house.  Who would have thought?   

See you tomorrow! 

 

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52 Responses to “Winter Berries on Canvas”

  1. Joy says:

    Super cute! You’re so creative, I love how you add the “snow”!

  2. Janell Beals says:

    Oh, I don’t dare show this to Isabella…we would be making our own this weekend. Okay, maybe I’ll show her…so festive!
    Janell

  3. Cass says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I’ve admired this piece (and also the leaves one) for sometime now. I’m not sure if I will attempt another painting or not, the first one was a disaster, but I am teetering on the edge after seeing your tutorial so maybe…

    Thanks for all the wealth of creativity and knowledge. I thoroughly enjoy popping on to Centsational Girl to see what you are doing next. :)

  4. Absolutely love this. I need to fill some walls, so I may make this in early January as my “winter” art!

  5. Denise says:

    That is a great project. Loving the 3D aspect of it!
    I HAVE to ask- how did you get it to snow on your site??! :) that is so awesome!

  6. Now you’re just being modest – this is super cute! :)

  7. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Denise! The snow is a WordPress plugin, you can find it here:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/snow-storm/

    Kate

  8. Cathy M~ says:

    What a great idea! I think it is very artistic! Can’t wait to see pics of your flocked tree. If you post about your holiday card, be sure to link up to my post! hugs, Cathy

  9. Get. Out! ;) I know it will look fabulous, b/c I think everything you do is fabulous!

  10. You are SO creative! Thank you for sharing all your fabulous ideas with those of us {me} who don’t have the creative mind to think up something like that on our {my}own:)

  11. Oh how wonderful. It turned out great!!! Your one creative gal, I always enjoy strollin around your blog. Thanks for sharing.
    Tootles,
    Heather H

  12. This is a really cute project!

  13. Sarah @lovelaughshop says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Beautiful.

  14. kara boyd says:

    Super Cute Craft!!! Cant wait for the tree party!!! I did 14 days of Christmas trees…WHEW! I LOOOOOOOOVE my flocked tree!!! WAIT…REWIND…Whats wrong with a flocked tree? LOL! Cuuuuuz, its MESSY?
    Beyond ADORE your blog!
    Wouls LOOOOVE for you to visit my 14 days of Christmas trees :0)
    xoxokara

  15. Katie Davis says:

    What a super cute little project!

  16. That’s just BEAUTIFUL!!!

  17. Sugar says:

    I’d say that you are really talented. Much more so than me. Years ago I did a craft project and my mom said that they should have paid for me to have lessons- sad part- I did have lessons. Urg.

  18. I think it’s fantastic. Art is meant to be an expression, not perfection. Hey, I think I’ll quote myself on that!! I think it’s beautiful and I’m inspired to do one myself (i’m not a painter, either).

  19. Amy says:

    I LOVE it! I love that the berries are 3-D! I think you are very talented indeed! Great job! Makes me wantt to make one. Love your blog!

  20. I love it! And even though my art skills are extremely limited, I think I might try that!!!

  21. Mystica says:

    This is really pretty and crafty!

  22. Michaela says:

    So cute! I love the color it adds to the space. This would be a fun one to try (:

  23. Judy says:

    I love your artwork and I’m glad you gave us the step by step. Looking forward to seeing your tree tomorrow.

  24. Debra says:

    Unique, amazing, stunning….words can’t describe it!

  25. kate blue says:

    say what you will…I love it..and I just found some pearl berries hanging around and I keep canvases in a closet so I think that will be an easy peasy weekend project…will link you back!

  26. Pam says:

    Love that painting. I am an artist in oils but this is so cute the way you used the berries and the made the snow…thanks for sharing. Great job

  27. Sue says:

    I really love it. I am dangerous with a paintbrush in my hand. I wouldn’t be able to do the branches. I know my limitations and I have quickly learned that arts and crafts that require fine motor skills are on the “no” list for me.

  28. Kathy T says:

    Your painting is so nice -I love the colors

  29. Freck says:

    Oh my goodness lady! This is just adorable! You’re so talented!

  30. marielle says:

    how come when you put a bunch of cute stuff together it looks cute…when i do it looks like a bunch of clutter?!!!!

  31. Kate, your art is beautiful. One thing I love about your design style is that you know when to say when, nothing is ever overdone. Just simply gorgeous!

  32. Leigh says:

    This is such a cool project! I love it.

  33. So cute! Can’t wait to see your tree too.

    Too busy to meet up next week?

    xo,
    cristin

  34. Allison says:

    Beautiful painting, Kate and so festive! You do have the magic touch! Along with being incredibly talented and creative!

  35. What a cool idea! Love the idea of using 3-d pieces on a flat canvas. I am definitely no artist, but I’ve pained a few canvases with various patterns and hung them around my apartment. Isn’t it so fun??

  36. That is SO COOL. And so creative! I may have to try making something like that over winter break…

  37. Ginette says:

    I haven’t been following you long, but if I was last year…totally would have copied this canvas. ;o) Thank you for sharing. Great idea and looks fab! This could work for anyone & I see it being done in a lot of ways. Paint or not, you have talent.

  38. tracy says:

    I would hang this in my home. I love the bright berries against the white background. Beautiful.

  39. Holly says:

    Wow I love this!!! I think I can do this! I can paint branches! =) Thank yoU!

  40. Monique says:

    Wonderful idea and pretty too! I think I, a nonartist, might be able to paint this.

  41. Maria Killam says:

    OMG your talents endlessly amaze me, I’m so glad you did post this for us, it’s fabulous!
    xoxo
    Maria

  42. Alathia says:

    Ooh! Oooh! I love it! Just returned from the craft store with the supplies for this project. I’m gonna get crafty this afternoon. Thank you for the tutorial.

  43. Jenni says:

    I love it. I think it is darling. Plus my girls would love to make one. Thanks for sharing

  44. I’m sharing a link and photo of your project in a blog post this afternoon in a post about my favorite Christmas projects from around the blogosphere. It will clearly state that the photo is yours, but if you’d like me to remove it just let me know! :)

  45. Kim says:

    You are so inspiring to this non-artist. I can’t wait to try this!

  46. Lisa says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous! The mix of 3-d and 2-d is so fun & interactive! I love it!

  47. Hi – I just copied your project. Thanks so much for the inspiration – it’s beautiful!
    http://theboatwrightfamily.blogspot.com/2011/01/centsational-girl-inspired-winter.html

  48. Anke says:

    Gorgeous! I just pinned it on Pinterest so I won’t forget to make one for our entry :D

  49. Eva says:

    I love it! Especially how the sky blue almost looks white from a different angle.

  50. helen says:

    Love it!! I did something similar with a sea coral and glued seashells on it..it gives me a break once in a while from the numbers world…which is my daily bread :-)

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