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18 Techniques to Make Personalized Kids Art

Need some artwork for your kid’s room or maybe for a baby shower gift? Handmade gifts are extra special and you can add lots of hidden messages and special symbols within these paintings. I’ve made all of these pieces using step-by-step techniques that you can easily do yourself!

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I promise you can’t mess this up … all you need are the right supplies and a little patience. I try to use all different types of experimenting and layering when I’m making a new piece of art.  Here are a few ideas for making your own:


  • Spray Paint 1 of 18
    Spray Paint
    Make an interesting background using spray paint and a stencil.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Transfer Paper 2 of 18
    Transfer Paper
    You can use graphite transfer paper to transfer lettering to your painting if you don't feel comfortable drawing it freehand.....or if you like things JUST perfect like I do.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Puffy Paint 3 of 18
    Puffy Paint
    Create some texture and bling using metallic puffy paint.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Reverse Stenciling 4 of 18
    Reverse Stenciling
    You can use stickers to block paint for reverse stenciling techniques.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Drill Holes 5 of 18
    Drill Holes
    You can drill holes to add texture or prepare a piece of wood for sewing.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Buttons 6 of 18
    Buttons
    Pre-drilled holes can be useful for adding buttons. Buttons come in so many shapes now too that you can sew leaf-shaped buttons onto a tree, or maybe butterfly buttons into the sky.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Collage 7 of 18
    Collage
    I love adding interesting bits of paper to my paintings for texture.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Ribbons and Fabric 8 of 18
    Ribbons and Fabric
    Add bits of ribbon and fabric to a painting. If you pre-drill small holes you can actually sew them to the board.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Distressing 9 of 18
    Distressing
    I use a sanding block to distress some of my paintings and to sand down through different layers of paint to make a painting more interesting.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Color Blocking and Layering 10 of 18
    Color Blocking and Layering
    Use painters tape to block and layer different shapes and layers.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Stenciled Lettering 11 of 18
    Stenciled Lettering
    Use a drafting stencil for perfect lettering!
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Use Novelty Paint 12 of 18
    Use Novelty Paint
    Sparkle glazes and glow-in-the-dark craft paints are a great way to add a little something extra to a painting.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Sewing 13 of 18
    Sewing
    Once you've drilled holes, you can stitch into a wood background.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Brads 14 of 18
    Brads
    Scrapbooking brads come in a huge variety. You can find them in star, heart, and flower shapes as well as rhinestones. These are easily attached through a drilled hole.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Tracing 15 of 18
    Tracing
    I use random objects from all over the house to create unusual shapes by tracing.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Paint Pens 16 of 18
    Paint Pens
    Use paint pens to outline letters and pictures to make a painting cohesive. Paint pens are also great for detail work.
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Wall Stencil 17 of 18
    Wall Stencil
    Trace in background designs using a regular wall stencil!
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.
  • Frames 18 of 18
    Frames
    Mount your painting in the middle of a ready-to-go frame with a mat. Add scrapbooking spacers under the mat to give a "floating" effect!
    Click here to see examples of this technique and a tutorial.

 

Get more inspiration: view all of the nursery art I’ve made by clicking here!

 

 

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