Personalized Name Art (and Animal Print Download)

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I haven’t made one of these in a while!  I just finished this “Courtney” painting for my niece for Christmas:

 

Here is Boo’s original one I made with a Peter Rabbit inspired theme:

 

They aren’t very hard to make with a little patience because they are done in steps!  Here’s a gallery of ones that I’ve made for some ideas and links to other tutorials:

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Choose Joy and One of Me in All Time (Free Downloads)

I promised some free downloads when the Lil Blue Boo Facebook page hit 20,000 fans….and guess what!? Today it did! So here’s some of the most popular artwork from the LBB clothing line. Print it off and frame it for some wall art, use it on transfer paper for some clothing, or even use it for some stationary! Just remember it’s not for any commercial use.  You can download it at the bottom of the post! My friend Stephanie Corfee spruced them up with some color! Enjoy!

 

Choose Joy and One of Me in All Time Free Download Printable Art DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Choose Joy and One of Me in All Time Free Download Printable Art DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 


 

Choose Joy and One of Me in All Time Free Download Printable Art DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Add Bling to Nursery Art using Puffy Paint! (A Tutorial)

I just finished this piece of nursery art for a baby girl named Chloe to match a butterfly/shabby chic nursery theme. I made it really girly but used puffy paint to add a bunch of bling so it will still be “cool” when she gets a little older!

 

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Accidental Painting (A Tutorial)

Each and every time I finish one of these little hardboard nursery paintings I laugh a little at how “accidental” they are. I don’t plan them ahead of time…..and I never quite know how they will turn out until I’m about 80% done with them.

 

I took photos as I painted this recent painting to show my design process. I always start with just a basic light color. It’s easy to paint over and allows me to use the broadest range of colors.

 

 

I usually print out a few different mixed fonts and sizes of each name letter and cut them out so I can visualize the layout.

 

 

I start with the first and last letter and then fill the center letters in.

 

 

I kind of have a theme in my head….like flowers, or animals, or geometric shapes. For this particular painting I was trying to match some floral bedding so I started by sketching what I thought would be the largest objects in the painting: flowers.

 

 

Before I even have the rest of the painting planned I’ll start blocking in large areas of color:

 

 

I even start outlining letters and detail:

 

 

The first thing I noticed about this painting was the large empty space at the top. It needed something large and sweeping…..so I added a bee  spelling out “sweet girl.”

 


 

To unify the painting, and add some cohesion between the flowers and letters, I added some large circles. I grabbed a few random objects in different sizes to trace:

I then blocked in the circles with colors that would balance the painting. If an orange flower is on one side of the painting, I try to pull some orange to the other side of the painting by painting one of the circles. Light blue circles balance the blue “S” and pink and yellow pull the other colors around the painting:

 

 

I then started to add some more detail in the painting using my black paint pen….like the dotted line pattern in the large circles:

 

 

Tiny white dot flowers were a good way to subtly fill in some of the background area:

 

 

More detail:

 

 

The letter “a” looked bare and a little too mustardy so I added some white polka dots. I added a few white polka dots throughout the background as well as some dark pink dot flowers. The last thing I added was a dotted line throughout the painting as if the bee had flown through almost every letter….an easy way to help unify the painting:

 

 

Once the painting portion is finished, I placed little butterfly buttons throughout and marked them once I was happy with their location:

 

 

The last thing I do is drill and sew the buttons and embellishments on:

 

 

This “accidental” painting is for my new niece Sloan!

 


I float frame every painting myself…..see my other tutorials to see how to easily frame your own with a professional look!

 

 

Don’t even know where to start? Take a look at these:

 

Layering Paint for Depth (A Tutorial)

 

I recently finished this custom painting for a client and thought it would be a great chance to share how easy it is to use layering to create an interesting background for a painting.

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Here is the finished painting framed:

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This tutorial is just an example of what you can do…..the more layers you add the more interesting your painting will become. I use acrylic craft paints and spray paints for my layers and I always love to experiment with different gels and mediums as well!

First I start out with a small piece of hardboard or Gessoboard (gesso means it is pre-primed). It won’t warp and it doesn’t have sap or woodgrain. It is also thin enough to frame under glass. You can buy it in several sizes.

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Step 1:
Paint a base coat.

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Step 2: Block off several areas with painters tape and paint each block a different color. I started with a yellow block….

 

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….and then added a brown block. You’ll have to paint in stages using the painters tape.

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Once the yellow and brown block dried, I removed the tape…..

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….and added another color block. It is okay for the blocks to overlap too. It will just add more texture.

 

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Step 3: Once all my color blocking was dry, I took the piece outside and used a wall stencil and some spray paint to cover it with a design:

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Step 4: Next I took a lighter shade of brown acrylic paint and painted over the stencil design in some thick uneven coats to add texture. It doesn’t have to be perfect….you are going to add more layers after this!

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Step 5: Once all my layers were dry, I took a watered down version of my original base coat and covered the entire painting:

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Step 6: Once the top layer was dry I took a sanding block and sanded down different layers of the painting until the previous layers began to show through.

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Step 7: After I have a base of a painting finished…..

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…I use a simple stencil to draw out letters with a pencil and then I paint over them carefully with a tiny brush.

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The finished lettering:

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I’ll use a paint pen to add some other small details.

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Step 8: To complete the painting I use a sanding block to distress the edges and then I coat with thin coat of water based varnish!

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Here is a similar one I did in pink. Just change up your paint palette!


A gift they’ll treasure forever!

See some of my other painting tutorials for more ideas and information on materials and supplies:

Personalized Nursery Art

Nursery Art – Layering with Collage

Resolutions “Subway” Art

Transferring an Image with Gel Medium

How to Fake a Landscape Painting

Distressed Folk Art Painting

 

 

 

Nursery Art – Layering with Collage

A nursery painting I recently finished for a little guy named Charlie:

 
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Trees filled with ribbons, buttons, and paper leaves:

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Plants with buttons and stitching layered over grass:

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A turtle with buttons adorning his shell:

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The entire painting with collage, ribbons, buttons etc:

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Most of the techniques for making a similar piece of art can be found in my nursery art tutorial below:

 

The only thing I did differently for this painting was add some extra collage layers and ribbons for texture. I cut strips of some green plaid scrapbook paper and applied them using matte medium for grass:

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I cut leaf shapes out of the paper as well.

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I used matte medium to glue them to the painting just like the grass strips:

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Let the leaves dry:

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I finished the rest of the painting and applied gloss varnish. Once it was dry, to add texture, I drilled tiny holes and used DMC thread to attach ribbon pieces along side the leaf shaped buttons:

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First I placed the ribbon on top of the string:

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Then I tied the ribbon tightly with a knot to cinch it in the center:

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And finally cut off the excess ribbon on each side:

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Finished and framed!

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Personalized Hardboard Nursery Art (A Tutorial)


While I don’t have a tiny baby of my own anymore, I still have the opportunity to make things for my baby nieces, nephews and my friend’s babies.

 


I love making elaborately layered personalized nursery art pieces…..unique to each child.


The secret is the layering of paint, buttons, brads……


…stitching, tiny bows, decoupage, stamping….


….resulting in a truly unique piece of art for a special little one!


I always start out with a ready made (and matted) frame. Custom framing can be ridiculously expensive…I once asked a store to custom cut a mat for me (JUST the mat)…and they quoted me $90! So I decided to start making my little paintings to fit frames that I could buy right off the shelf!


You’ll want to use a hardboard or Gessoboard (gesso means it is pre-primed) for your painting. It won’t warp and it doesn’t have sap or woodgrain. It is also thin enough to frame under glass. You can buy it in several sizes. For the 6×8″ frame shown above I would typically use a 5×7″ piece of Gessoboard. You want there to be a small gap between your mat and painting because the painting will be “float” float framed in the middle.


For the frame I use in this example (5×7″), I had to custom cut my board to 4×6″ so it would fit.

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Cutting a custom hardboard piece:

I use larger hardboard pieces so that I can cut several pieces out and reduce waste. First, I measure the 4×6″ shape out:


Then I attach a metal ruler using small C clamps:


I use a hand skill saw……


……to carefully cut against the ruler:


Then I use a sandpaper block to fix any edges:


Starting the design:

I started with my piece of Gessoboard. This is pre-primed…..if you are just using plain hardboard then you’ll need to prime it with Gesso first. You can even add some paint to your Gesso for your background color.


I painted my background with acrylic craft paint (mixing a little Gesso in with my paint to make it more opaque for less coats):

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The easiest way to draw a design is to print out the name and use graphite transfer paper to transfer it onto the board:

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I use a piece of tracing paper to draw in my other designs……

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…..and then transfer them with graphite transfer paper too.

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Painting and decorating the piece:

First I block in the colors…

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…..these don’t have to be perfect because I’ll be outlining and adding to them:

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I outline all my letters and designs using a black paint pen.

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This is the best paint pen I’ve found: the Zig Painty Twin…it writes very smoothly….as if I was hand painting each detailed letter:

A little trick: Once your paint pen tip starts to become rough and at its end, pull it out and stick it in the other way….you’ll get paint all over your fingers, but you’ll have a new pen!

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To make the entire design more cohesive I take a decorative stencil…….

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…….and draw it into the background in several places. Then I outline it with black paint pen too.

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I add in “faux painted” stitching around many of the designs and letters:

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I begin to decorate each of the letters slightly different….here I added some white dots to mimic stars and constellations:

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I love adding sparkle paint to some of the letters and images:


Here is what the painting looks like at this stage:

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Before adding my three dimensional details, I apply a glossy acrylic varnish coat to the painting:

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Adding three dimensional details:

To add buttons, stitching and brads I use a tiny drill bit with a regular household drill. (I use either a 3/64″ or a 1/16″…..just make sure your needle will fit through the hole.) You might want to take your drill to the hardware store with you when buying the bits….some cheaper household drills can’t grip the small bit tightly.

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I set the painting on top of a box top (from a pack of sodas or a file box) so that I don’t drill into my table…..and drill each tiny hole that I need:

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I use metallic or regular DMC thread to sew around letters or to attach buttons…..

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….and tie them off tightly in the back.

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Adding these tiny details completes the painting!

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Float framing your final piece:

I take apart my frame and add a decorative piece of paper to the cardboard backing using double sided tape:

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I add adhesive spacers to the back of the mat so that it will be raised slightly from the backing (you can find these in your scrapbooking section of your craft store):

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I use a heavy duty double stick tape on the back of the hard board…..

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…..and place it directly in the center of the mat.

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The reassembled frame and finished piece!

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Perfect for a nursery wall or a shelf!

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Variations:

You can decorate a plain white backing behind the painting with stripes:


….or checks:


Decorate a plain outer frame with hand painted polka dots……


…..or use tiny cork stamps to stamp a design….


…..or a stencil to paint flourishes:


A gift they’ll treasure forever!

Visit this tutorial for more layering techniques:

Painted Wood Plaques – A Tutorial

 

How to stencil using stickers via lilblueboo.com

 

My sister-in-law’s baby sprinkle was this weekend and I made her two painted plaques for her nursery, a LBB dress, and put everything in this great little bucket as my gift:

One wood plaque I made to hang on a wall or door:

…..and the other to hold hair clippies:

These are great little gifts to make on a budget! For each plaque I started out with an pre-cut wood piece from the craft store:

I sprayed the wood piece pink (the color that I wanted the lettering to be) and let it dry:

Next I used letter stickers (from the scrapbook section of the craft store) to spell my niece’s name “Cari”:

For perfect polka dots I used a hole punch to punch tiny vinyl circles from contact paper (adhesive shelf paper)…….

……..and placed the around the edge of the wood plaque. You could use any scrapbook punch shape as well…I wanted to keep it simple:

The stickers and vinyl dots become “reverse stencils”….

…..and I applied my top coat of white spray paint over them:

Once the top coat of spray paint was dry, I carefully peeled off the stickers and dots:

For the “clippie” plaque I took leftover fabric from the nursery rocker reupholstering (so it would match my niece’s nursery perfectly) and folded it in half tucking the ends under:

Then I top stitched around the edges of the fabric:

I attached some hanging hardware……

…..and used two tiny screws to attach the fabric piece to the back (I ran out of staples or I would have used my staple gun):

A finished personalized clippie holder….much better than the generic ribbon hanger I got free with all of my clippies!

For the second plaque I just drilled two holes at the top…….

…..and added wire ribbon to hang:

I signed the back of the plaques with “Aunt” Ashley:

Finally, I made an itty bitty Lil Blue Boo dress….

…..and added everything to a pink metal bucket:

Reupholstering a Nursery Rocker

How to recover / reupholster a nursery rocker via lilblueboo.com

 

I recently recovered these outdated cushions for my sister-in-law to surprise her while she was in the hospital recovering from a c-section:

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My brother-in-law had repainted her black and adding these new cushions completed the whole pink, black and white nursery look for my new niece!

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The easiest way to recover foam cushions is to use a seam ripper to remove the old covers and use them as your pattern….then you’ll get a perfect fit!

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I carefully removed each cushion cover and pinned each piece to the new fabric to cut out an identical piece:

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I marked any pleats with my disappearing ink pen….

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….and then pinned them into place.

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Matching the pleats, I place the two pieces for this particular cushion together and then sewed all the way around the edges leaving the back open to re-insert the cushion.

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Here is the finished bottom cushion turned right side out:

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To close the backside of the cushion…

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……I turned the edges inward on the backside of the cushion, pinned the together and used a blind stitch to close.

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Some cushions are made of multiple pieces and are slightly more difficult….but if you break the cushions down into pieces you can easy recover them as well. Just approach each cushion as its own project!

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You can see how this one had two pieces:

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I left the cover on the top piece (the piece with all the fancy stitching):

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I simply stitched any indentations into the cover…..

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……by just adding a stitch through the new fabric and straight through the foam, knotting the thread in the back of the cushion.

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Here you can see the stitched indentations. Then I basted the edges of the zebra fabric to the edges of the original cushion cover using a needle and thread.

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I laid the 2nd piece of the cushion cover on top of the one just finished…….

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……..and pinned the edges together.

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Then I carefully sewed the edges together (a little awkward with the thinner cushion attached….but go slowly and it works fine).

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Turned the pieces right side out and then inserted the other foam piece.

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I didn’t want to have to buy new hardware for the straps that attach the cushion to the chair….so I made tiny sleeves for them….

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….and opened up a small area on the back of the cushion with a seam ripper to slide each strap into place and then resewed the cushion shut.

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For these side pieces, I didn’t want to mess with the hardware either, so I made slipcovers for them. I just traced the pieces, added seam allowance…..

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….and then stitched the sides together. I just serged the ends to finish since they were hidden once attached to the chair.

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Finished cushions! Better than new because they were custom!

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Perfectly coordinated nursery:

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Even the name painting I made my sweet niece Cari before she was born matches!

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A Handmade Christmas…..

…..a sample of items I made for friends and family:

A nursery painting for my little niece Cari due at the end of January…..

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…..whose bedroom is decorated in two shades of pink and zebra print.

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My sister-in-law Carolyn loves zebra print….so this fabric was perfect for a little outfit too: [Read more...]

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