Gettin’ Artsy With Professional Artists Elida Field
“Put a word on it!” mini desk art
~5”x5” canvas or wood box with 1.5”profile
~Wooden blocks, candle holders, or wooden balls to use as legs on the canvas
~Scissors & Sharpies
~Scrapbook paper, dictionary pages or definitions, other embellishments and specialty papers.
~Aquavar, Golden medium, or Modge Podge and a glue stick
~Paint brushes (1/2” to 1”size), and one old throw away brush
~Throw away paper palette or styrofoam plate
~Acrylic paints...Optional (varies depending on the color scheme)
Cadmium Red, , Cadmium Yellow, Pthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Titanium
White, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, Mars Black, Metallic (Gold,Bronze,Silver)
How to create your “Mini Word Art”
1. On a standard ink jet printer, print off any quotes & definitions that go with your word for the
year. Play with the fonts, changing up the sizes and styles of your words. You can use other
decorative papers, cards, stickers, and embellishments.
2. Rip along the edges of the paper and around words, or quotes giving them “a less then
perfect” look. For a simple, clean line, you can cut scrapbook paper the size of your canvas
and glue that directly down and then just paint the edges with a contrasting color.
3. Pour your aquavar or other glue medium onto a throw away plate or bowl. Using an old
brush, brush the aquavar onto the canvas in large enough amounts to cover the area for the
first piece of paper. Lay your paper over the aquavared area and then brush over the top of
the image. Using your finger or the brush, push out any air bubbles. When in doubt, add another
layer. The aquavar will dry clear, so don’t panic if it’s a little milky.
4. If you haven’t layered your word somewhere prominently in the peice, then add it now. Let
the piece dry. If you like the look....stop. If you’d like to add some color continue on.
5. Squirt out your paints onto your throw away palette. Using your 1/2” angled brush begin
mixing colors to your liking (see Elida’s Fab Five Mixing Chart). To antique the piece, just
stay with the browns and use a LOT of water. Slowly brush the watered down brown color
onto the canvas, using a dry paper towel wipe off the excess over the words or areas you want
to keep clean. Parts of the paper and the cracks between them will absorb the color giving it
the appearance of old, weathered paper. Spray it once it’s dried with gloss or matte varnish or
finishing spray. You can also just paint over the entire piece with aquavar.
6. If you have legs to add, you can paint them and glue them on at the end either with aquavar
or super glue.
Add ribbons, stickers, other embellishments to spice up the interactive qualities of your piece.
Flip your piece over and paint something special on the backside. Put a hidden message or just
something fun and have two pieces in one!