I decided that rather than continuing the stare at my blank canvases I'd purchased a while back, I'd finally work up the nerve to throw some paint on it. I wanted to make something bright and fun, and after making the background a bright pink in different tones, I decided to go with a love theme and make a painting for my daughter's room. She complains that she doesn't have anything fun on her wall (Seriously, she's crazy ... her room's walls are full of fun projects and paintings!), so I thought this might placate her for a while.
After I had the background the way I liked it, I used some painted bubble wrap to give the bottom of the canvas some texture and visual weight, then set about stenciling in the word "love."
I used a bright blue and a sponge to stencil the letters on the painting, with a background whitewashed in some gesso. I then went back and added the lettering to the bottom of the painting, the additional detail at the top of the painting and free hand drew some hearts in a light blue. I then covered the entire canvas with a sealer, and called it done. I'm very pleased with my first attempt at a painting and feel better about giving the other canvases I have a go. I have a very large canvas I'd like to paint for above our bed in the master bedroom, as well as a bunch of smaller canvases.
In fact, I had so much fun, I got Hannah a little canvas and let her have a turn at throwing some paint on the white background - but that's for another post!