Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Painted Art from a Coloring Sheet... a diy project

Think you can't paint?
Well.... I'm here to prove you wrong

I have a confession....
I'm really not that great at drawing...but I do love to paint {or try to paint}
I have days when I feel really good at it, but mostly.... I am not.

This entire project started as a little thought,
"hmmm.... I wonder if there would be a way to revamp color by numbers?"

And this is what happened...

To get started you will need a few things:

1 8x10 canvas panel {I got a three pack of these at Wal-Mart}
Acrylic craft paints
Paint brushes {various sizes}
A coloring sheet of your choice {google images "printable coloring sheets"}

Getting started is easy, you'll just need to do a little google image search for just the right print you want to paint.

The picture I chose, came from HERE

But... because this bright idea came so late at night, and taking pictures of the process wasn't really an option, I am also using this picture found HERE as well to walk you through the process.

Start by printing your coloring sheet.

Next, choose a background color for your panel. Lighter colors work better for this project

I chose a sunny, light yellow for this one

While the paint is drying, turn your coloring page over and color all over the back of the image with a pencil

After checking to make sure your canvas panel is dry {use a hair dyer if its not yet}
place the color sheet face up on your canvas, and tape it into place
{I trimmed the edges of my paper to fit}

Make sure to mark the corners so that you can find the exact placement again if needed

Now, take your pencil and trace away... press as hard as you can.

Once you have traced the entire picture, pull the paper away to reveal your transfer
{If some areas didn't show up that well, or you forgot to trace anything, use your corner marks to line it up again for more tracing!}

Now you have your drawing and you are ready to paint!

This is the part where you let your creative self take charge... there is no right or wrong, and no two paintings will look alike.

Choose a few of your acrylic paint colors to start... I started with the green stems and leaves

And then I moved on to the flowers, using my transfer as a guide...

My only tip would be to add in white paint to any color you have used to go back in and highlight, it adds some dimension, wouldn't you say??

Just keep working your way around, using your favorite colors... highlighting here and there as you go....
{I was channeling Bob Ross when I typed that...hehehe "happy little trees...."}

And.... a little more....

At this point, I wanted to transfer the "coffee" letters on the can again, so I made sure the picture was all dry and I taped the color sheet on again using my corner marks {see why those things are so important now??}

And it was finished!

So, tell me... do you think you will give this a try?
I would love to see your pictures if you do!
email them to me at:
I'll be so proud and excited I'm sure I'll want to share them on my Facebook page
 {with your permission of course}

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


  1. You really have an eye for color! These are very pretty. It's kind of like grown up paint by number :). Although, I'm certain mine wouldn't come out as nice as yours :).

  2. I love how these turned out - so lovely and a fun way to brighten a room!

  3. What a clever idea ... it came out so pretty!

  4. Carmella that is a really fun idea. I wanted to pick up some canvases at Hobby Lobby at Christmas time but of course they were not on sale when I was there. I think my kids would love to do this!

  5. What a clever idea. I might give this a try, but I'm sure mine won't look nearly as impressive as yours! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. I love this idea. I was a huge fan of the paint by numbers as a kid. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. This is pretty! It's a fun idea, too!

    I was thinkin' bout ya the other day. I hope your doing well! :D


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