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:
The first step for personalizing a painting is the lettering. I print out different size letters and fonts and place them on the board or canvas until it’s just right:
I place transfer paper (in the drawing section of your craft or hobby shop) under each letter and trace it so it leaves the image onto the board:
The letters ready to paint:
My niece’s decor is animal print themed so I made a stencil on my Silhouette machine:
I uploaded my Silhouette Studio file that you can download if you have a need for leopard print!
I used black and brown spray paint to add the animal print to the background and used a little sandpaper to distress it:
To start painting the letters I used mostly Chalk Ink. You can also use acrylic paint and paint pens. The Chalk Ink dries quickly and is very opaque. Just spray your final piece with a clear coat to make it permanent:
I always outline my letters in black:
And then slowly add other accents like little stars, flowers and stitching:
I used some puffy paint to start adding some glittery accents:
I used puffy paint on this one too:
I applied tiny hotfix studs one by one to the letters and in a “burst” pattern at the center until the piece was totally “bling” covered. It helps to have a Hotfix Tool for this!
The finished painting with rhinestones:
I always use a standard store bought frame and just make the painting float in the middle:
Finished! A great present for almost any age kid and even for a baby shower:
I kind of glossed over a lot of the details but you can see all my nursery art and personalized name art tutorial all in one place by clicking the image below!
Wow! These are great. You are so talented! Love your blog. -Sidney
Mine never turn out as good as yours! You are so talented at EVERYTHING, it makes me mad 🙂 I always make these for baby showers and everyone loves them. Thank you for your great ideas! When I use acrylic paint I feel like I have to paint over the color 3 times or so (depending on the color). Do you have this same problem?
YES! The acrylic paints offer a wide variety of colors but they definitely need multiple coats. Try paint pens or chalk ink to see if you like those better 🙂
Adriana M. says
We will be welcoming a new baby to our family in May! My little niece will definitely be getting one of these. 🙂
I just un-earthed two boxes of actual carbon paper while cleaning my shed. I rescued these from the trash after a big office move. Now I have a new use for them! I would love to think I could do more than trace or transfer, but sadly… not the case. Thank goodness for patterns, too!
Angie Gordon says
So cute Ashley!!