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Creative Gift Idea #1: Mixed Media Painting

Looking for gift ideas for family or friends? I am a fan of making gifts myself when appropriate and possible, as I actually dislike the commercial aspect of Christmas. Here’s one of many ideas I will share with you for this holiday season, though these gifts can be given any time you want to bless someone.

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What You Will Need

  • Acyrilic paint – as many colors as you need to create the design you have in mind
  • A stretched canvas of your choice
  • A smaller, flat canvas
  • Three pictures of the person you’re giving gift to
  • Mod Podge to hold items on canvases and seal the work when complete
  • Any objects that go with the theme of your pictures and will fit on a canvas without weighing it down. You can also use items from the Mixed Media aisle at your local craft store.

What You Will Do

  • Paint both canvases as desired and let them dry.
  • Use Mod Podge to secure the objects onto the canvases and let it dry.
  • Using a brush, gloss over entire work with Mod Podge to seal your creation.

My daughter has a couple of these and enjoys looking at them, especially since printed pictures are harder to come by now. She likes to look at how she has grown when she walks by our picture wall.

Another variation is to do pictures on the thin canvas without putting it on the stretched canvas. Or to make one that accompanies the larger painting, like this one we did to match the above painting.

Author:

I am a writer and Voice Discovery Coach who desires to help others reach new levels of creative expression in faith, family, business, and community. To do this, I maintain two blogs and have a website to share my professional services. The Essential Creative (TheEssentialCreative.com) is my main blog. I share recipes, tips for inspiring creative thinking with various oils, parenting thoughts, healthy lifestyles thoughts, Bible Studies and all that goes into excelling creatively with the use of essential oils and faith. I also have a creative writing site (ShellVeraPoetry.wordpress.com) where I share poetry and creative writing pieces. My website (www.ShellVera.com) is available for those who would like to connect with my coaching services and learn more about voice discovery coaching. I look forward to connecting with you and hope one of these sites will inspire you in the area that caused you to find me today! ~Shell

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