I’m big on DIY wall art, but that doesn’t mean I’m always up for attempting a serious painting – you know, like one with serious paints and brushes and composition – that all can be pretty intimidating. Something that looks great and is hard to mess up? That, on the other hand, is something I’m pretty much always up for. Which brings us to this super simple, super fun birch tree DIY wall art painting. This is really just an Elementary School art class project given a slightly grown-up makeover, but, like I said, it looks great and is hard to mess up. Have I sold you? Ready to get painting?
- Darice Stretched Canvas (I used a 18″ x 24″)
- Masking Tape in Different Widths
- Acrylic Paint (I used a light blue and black)
- Darice Sponge Brush
- Old Credit Card or Store Card
- Metal Leaf Adhesive
- Metal Leaf (Or, you could use a liquid leaf instead of the adhesive and metal foil)
- Small Round Brush
Step One. Tape Off Canvas
Start off my marking off your trees on your canvas using different widths of masking tape. I made my largest tree by overlapping pieces of 2″ tape. If two of your trees overlap, tape down the tree you want to be in the front first.
Paint the background using a sponge brush and acrylic paint. I just used a solid background, but you could try out an ombre effect or some other design if you like.
It’s time to paint those trees! And here’s the secret to easy, awesome-looking birch trees: an old credit card (or store card).
Start off by practicing your technique on a scrap piece of paper before working on your DIY wall art canvas. Squirt out a bit of black paint on your palette (or paper plate). Dip the edge of your card into the paint. Place the edge of the card onto the paper perpendicular to your working surface, and then pushing down on the card, scrape it along the paper.
Practice a few times to figure out how much paint and pressure you need to get the look you want. When you feel ready, move over to your canvas. Use the same technique to paint along the edges of the white spaces we left for the trees.
Pretty soon you will have a whole forest of birch trees.
Step Four. Gilded Heart and Initials
I finished off my DIY wall art painting by adding a heart with my and my husband’s initials to the largest tree trunk. To do this, I first sketched out my design in pencil on the tree.
Then I traced over my sketch with metal leaf adhesive and a small round brush. (If you would rather, you could simply use liquid leaf instead.)
After the metal leaf adhesive has gotten tacky (it takes about 30 minutes), apply a piece of leaf (I used copper) and gently press it down.
Finally, use a clean brush to wipe away the excess metal leaf.
Your DIY wall art painting is all finished and ready to hang!
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.