Hawaiian Quilt Inspired Wall Covering

4 Materials
$35
5 Weeks
Medium
Hawaii is my vacation happy place and on our trip to the Big Island this year, I fell in love, again, with Hawaiian Quilts. Justifiably, true Hawaiian quilts are quite expensive as making one requires all handwork.
While sightseeing, I happened upon a shop that sold handmade quilts and patterns. I jumped in (it's a habit, what can I say) and purchased a pattern book. After reading more about the skills and patience required, I decided to take a different approach and paint quilt squares.
I copied four of my favorite patterns out of the book and enlarged each of them to fit a 12" square canvas. I used my trusty tracing paper to trace the pattern unto the canvas.
I wanted the canvas to look more like fabric so I cut antique white acrylic paint with Gesso and painted right over the tracing. This covered quit a bit of the tracing paper marks and provided a warm background for the "quilt square colors".
I am lucky to have a close friend that is a trained artist to help me understand brush strokes and how to cover up "errors" in color. I will say that while white acrylic doesn't cover much - antique white rocks for covering OOOPs marks.
I wanted to keep the frames very simple and reminiscent of the islands. I noticed that another Hometalker wrote a post about using simple wood trim to make frames for canvas paintings and I copied her idea. Here is a link to her post.
https://www.hometalk.com/diy/decorate/rooms/simple-diy-frame-for-canvas-art-34754818?r=2
I just painted the wood flat brown chalk paint and highlighted them with light green and another shade of brown. We glued/nailed them onto the frames and ...
Voila, if you love the islands like I do it is a great, inexpensive reminder. While I was writing this post I realized that I could paint two more and maybe use them as a headboard if I wanted a new look in my bedroom.

Thanks so much.

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  • Marsharp Marsharp on Apr 28, 2018

    You say you painted over your tracing marks. How did you know where to paint?

    Thanks

  • Wyldecent Wyldecent on Apr 28, 2018

    These are lovely. You mentioned an artist friend who helped you with brush strokes and covering up color mistakes. Could you share some of these tips? This could even be another tutorial. Thanks.

  • M M on Apr 28, 2018

    Truly beautiful. I would love to try this. Not sure how you used the tracing paper to get the image on the canvas. I clicked on the link but it didnt work. Thanks.

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