Day 2: Mini Canvas with Wood Easel | 10 Days of DIY Fluid Art Gift Giving (Ideas That You Can Create!)

Mini Canvas Art
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Hi everyone! Welcome to our first day of DIY Gift Giving ideas that you can create. Fluid Art is so much fun, and with the holidays upon us, I thought it would be fun to share with you 10 of my favorite DIY gift-giving ideas so you can create beautiful gifts for your family and friends.

Each day I will post a new idea for you to get inspired from. I will list the materials I used that include links for you to purchase them yourself. Each post will have a video that I have created so you can see how I completed the project, step-by-step. As always, contact me with any questions or comments on this post, or comment on the video post on our YouTube channel.

Are you ready to get started with this project? Let’s create Mini Canvas Art!

BONUS: I decided to add a little bit of extra fun into our 10-day event. I will be giving away the Resin Beach Tray that I created in Day 1 of our 10 Days of DIY Fluid Art Gift Giving event! The give-away instructions are detailed at the end of this post.

Today’s project idea is inspired by a mini canvas art and wood easel set I found on Amazon.com. I thought that creating a 4 piece art set would make a great gift for someone special. This set has 12 mini 8″ natural wood display easels with 5″ x 5″ stretched canvases.

For this project, I will use four different techniques to create the gift set: the Bloom technique, the Tree Ring technique, the Swipe technique, and the Flip Cup technique. I used the same colors in each technique. If you need help with selecting colors to use, I created a free downloadable eBook with color combinations and schemes to help you!

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Here are the supplies I used:

The Process

Open up the package and place four of the canvas on your paint table. You will want to raise the canvas above the table so it does not dry in the paint puddle. I use 3-ounce dixie cups as my canvas stands. By sure you have plastic or paper covering your table to catch the paint drips.

I mixed my colors 3 parts Floetrol to 1 part paint except for the white paint mixed 2 parts Floetrol to 1 part paint. I wanted my white paint to be heavier or thicker than my colored paints which is why I mixed it differently.

The Bloom Technique
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To start, I placed a thick puddle of white paint in the center of the canvas. Then, I start layering the colored paint into small puddles in the center of the white puddle. Since these are very small canvases, I use a stir stick to add the paint to the canvas.

Next, blow the paint in a circle from the center of the canvas to the outer edges. You will notice the center of the canvas will have less paint. Let the paint rest for a few moments and let the paint move on its own.

Pick up the canvas and gently start to tilt the paint to cover any edges or corners. This is a good time to alter the design by tilting if desired. If you are having a hard time covering the edges or corners, pick up some of the paint on the table to use.

Place the canvas back on the Dixie cups, and let it dry.

The Tree Ring Technique
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For this technique layer the colored paint into a 3-ounce dixie cup in any order you desire. You will want your cup about 3/4 full. Slightly pinch the edge of the cup to form a spout, and slowly pour the paint in the center of the canvas using very small, slow circular motions.

Pick up the canvas and slowly tilt the paint around to stretch the rings, and to cover the corners and the sides of the canvas. Place the canvas back on the dixie cups and let dry.

The Flip Cup Technique
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In this technique, I will add one drop of silicone to each of the colored paints, but not white or black. Gently fold in the silicone oil using slow motions to get the best effects.

Layer your colors, including white or black, into the dixie cup until the cup is about 3/4 full. Place the canvas on top of the dixie cup. Secure the canvas on top of the cup, and flip so the cup is now upside down on top of the canvas. Don’t pull the cup up yet! While it is resting a moment, I like to add a small amount of white paint around my canvas. This helps the paint in the cup flow easier.

When you are ready, pull the cup up and watch the paint spill out! (This part always brings a smile to my face.) If desired, add heat from a torch or heat gun. The heat can help create cells by popping any air bubbles in the paint and cause the paint to move. CAUTION: Less is more when adding heat. Do not get too close, or you will risk burning your paint or drying the top surface of the paint too fast which will create an ugly skin. Always use safety precautions when using a heat gun or torch.

Pick up the canvas and slowly tilt the paint around to cover the corner and edges of the canvas. Be mindful not to over tilt the paint. The goal is to keep as many of the circle cells as possible. Place the canvas back on the dixie cups and let dry.

The Swipe Technique
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Start by pouring your paint colors into rows on your canvas. The top of your canvas should be a row of your swipe color, usually white. Once your canvas is covered with rows of color, check the sides and edges of your canvas to make those are covered.

The tool you use to swipe can be several different things. Some people will use a damp paper towel, plastic palette knife, plastic putty knife, clear transparency paper, etc. I like to use a piece of chipboard or cereal box as my swipe tool. It is inexpensive, and I have a lot of it around the house, lol.

Gently place your swipe tool on top of your swipe color (white). Do not press down to touch the canvas. Slowly pull the swipe color down through the rows of color on your canvas. Clean your tools off with a paper towel, or scrape on the table paper. Then start the next column, and continue across the canvas until you have reached the other side.

The key is not to pull hard on the canvas because you do not want to scrape the paint off. You want to pull the swipe color over the other colors which will create cells.

If desired, add heat from a torch or heat gun. The heat can help create cells by popping any air bubbles in the paint and cause the paint to move. CAUTION: Less is more when adding heat. Do not get too close, or you will risk burning your paint or drying the top surface of the paint too fast, which will create an ugly skin on top of your paint. Always use safety precautions when using a heat gun or torch.

Do not overwork this technique. Sometimes it helps to move the paint by picking up the canvas and tilting, but use caution if you do so. With this technique, I have found that the paint will keep moving as it dries.

When you are finished, let your masterpiece dry on the dixie cups.

Sealing and Finishing Your Mini Canvas Art

It is time to seal and finish your art once it has dried. The small canvas art tends to dry faster than the larger canvas art. I know my canvas is ready to be sealed when I touch the back of my canvas, and it is light in weight without feeling damp. The drying time can be anywhere from 48 hours to 2 weeks, depending on several factors such as weather conditions and your indoor temperature environment.

When I seal my paintings, I usually use a crystal clear spray paint. This is a quick and easy process and will protect the art for years to come.

To begin, make sure that your art is free of silicone (as much as possible). Take a soft cloth and some mild dish soap, and gently clean your painting using small circular motions. Use a dry cloth to check the surface and repeat if needed. You will know your art is clean when the art looks like it has a dull finish.

CAUTION: Do not scrub or work too hard or you will risk damage to the painting.

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When ready, place your art on stands or dixie cups on a table suitable for spray painting. I have a table in my backyard that I use. Spray two layers of clear paint on each canvas and let dry between each layer. Don’t forget about the sides of the canvas! Those need to be seal also. Pick up the art and check to make sure the clear spray paint has covered the art.

Once dry and seal, you can now sign your art and place it on the easel for admiring before gifting it to your family or friends!

What do you think about our Mini Canvas with Wood Easel gift idea? Contact us or comment on this post. We would love to hear your thoughts!

Desert Hippie Arts Mini Art Canvas with Easel
Photograph courtesy of Sarah Tenney

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