There I was. Staring at 2 babies, thinking I should entertain them. Staring at the rain outside the window. Staring at the blank walls of my house, which have been that way for 3 years.

That was all it took. I had  an old art canvas I’d purchased at an art show. I had lots of paint and brushes on hand. I had a baby that loves, loves, loves to paint. I had an hour before bedtime. Time to repurpose that canvas! The excitement set in, and we got started.

jess painting canvas

Thank goodness she loves bathing as much as painting.

DIY canvas world map

Amazingly, we had all of the supplies on hand. Here is what we used:

  • Acrylic Paint – like these, or the little 99 cent bottles from the craft store. We used 3 blues, 3 burnt-ish colors, white, gold and silver.
  • Paint-brushes, or tore-up old sponges.
  • Blank Canvas (hit up the thrift store!)
  • Glitter! Usually available at the dollar store.
  • Polyurethane Spray (optional – holds the glitter on so it doesn’t end up everywhere.)
  • World Map Pattern, which happens to be available in my etsy shop.

Here is how we did it:

Close-ups of glitter and patterns and brush-strokes:

australias.am

It was serendipitous that the existing veins ended up looking like mountain ranges. Let’s pretend they line up with real ranges. Such a fun crafty project!

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