I'm currently working on project demos for the Ashtead Club, one of which is to create a mini canvas. I have to bear in mind that our evening sessions are only a couple of hours, and I also wanted to try and keep away from brushes, and show that you don't have to be an artist to create a fun little canvas.
And it is also perfect for the current Paper Artsy challenge which is miniature art!
In the end I did use a tiny brush (briefly!), but I mainly used a credit card, plastic palette knife (or coffee stirrer), and the eraser end of a pencil.
Using Fresco paints, I first did the background, using three colours, and made some marks for the basic layout.
I then used the pencil eraser and credit card to create some stalks and flowers, doing alternate layers of stalks then flowers, more stalks, more flowers, and so on, using a heat gun to speed up drying time between layers.
The tiny brush made all the small dots, and the Van Gogh sky created with more paint, a baby wipe and my finger. Lastly, added a little glitter glue.
This little canvas came with its own cute easel, and the set was really cheap at £1.50.
So no excuse - happy painting!