I thought it was a steal because the frame alone is worth more than that.
The art that came with it, eh, yuch. Not to mention it was just a paper print that had been glued onto the canvas. And it looks like someone already started painting over it.
I could have Luke paint over the canvas that came with frame! And it would be an original piece of art, and it would mean more to me than any other painting ever could, AND he would have so much fun doing it. (he LOVES to paint!)
After putting it off for a few weeks, I finally decided it was time.
I prepped the canvas by rolling 3 coats of white acrylic paint over the print.
Then it was time for Luke to go!
Here are some important tips:
1. Begin by recruiting a well-rested, well-fed, paint-loving, non-paint-eating, happy and excited 2-year-old (if any of those qualities are missing, ABORT!)
2. Cover a corner of your kitchen with cardboard and plastic.
3. Strip your toddler down to his skivvies or put them in an old shirt (acrylic paint does not come off once it dries).
4. Choose the colors for your toddler since they prob haven’t had a chance to take a class on color theory yet.
5. Have at least 4-5 clean brushes on hand. El-cheapo kids’ brushes from Wal-mart is what I used.
6. Squirt the paint onto a plastic plate or cheap plastic artist’s palette, also from Wal-mart.
7. Recruit a spouse/helper (willing or unwilling) to be nearby – just in case your toddler decides to jet from the designated painting area and decide to go hug a white wall (we were fortunate not to have this happen).
8. Put on your painting clothes and your most patient self.
9. Have a large roll of paper towels/old towels and baby wipes on hand. You will need them!
2. After he uses 4-5 colors, switch his brush out for a clean one. This will keep the colors from becoming muddied. (and the switching of the brushes didn’t appear to stifle his creativity any ;)
5. Once the masterpiece is completed (mama makes this call), remove from the area and let dry.
7. Paint a purple “Mickey Mouse bear” for your toddler per his request.
8. Throw in a little bit of learning by painting his name on the poster board.
10. Then suggest he paint his feet, sit back and watch the real fun unfold!
Amazing abstract art or just a pre-school painting?? You Decide :)