I was searching online for church nursery and toddler room art inspiration and wasn't finding much so I thought I would post this in case it helped anyone else doing the same. I got the inspiration for these on this blog.
I used standard 16" x 20" canvasses from Hobby Lobby that were about $8 for a pack of two. My other materials were: brown acrylic paint, white acrylic paint, crackle medium (I ran out halfway through and had to get a different kind), scrapbook paper, and Mod Podge matt finish. I used a larger (2.5") paint brush to apply everything except the Mod Podge and used a 1" brush for that.
- Step 1: Paint the canvasses brown and let them dry. You don't have to be too careful or thorough since not much of this layer will show.
- Step 2: Paint on a layer of crackle medium and let it dry.
- Step 3: Paint on a layer of white and let it dry (After this step the brown cracks made the pieces too busy so I added step 4).
- Step 4: Lightly paint a thin white layer using very little paint on the brush over the brown cracks to make them contrast less with the white. Let dry.
- Step 5: Cut out the shapes you want for the fruit and letters and apply them with Mod Podge (Google this process for helpful videos if you have never done this before). Some types of paper will bubble more than others but most of that will go away after several days of drying.
I may do another post later with patterns for the individual fruits if I get the time. Some of mine look better than others and you may choose to substitute some different fruits for yours. Finding nine different fruits that can hold their own visually can be a little challenging and I'd love to see if anyone ever does this project differently!