While the boys were at the climbing lessons, I mingled around the nearby Walmart store, looking for inspiration and pieces to use in an upcoming post about a summer table setting. I found beautiful jade dishes by Pioneer Woman as a great launching point, but I wanted to add a whimsical element to the table beyond fruit, flowers, and a pretty cake for the pedestal.
This particular Walmart has a pretty robust art supply section and, of course, I meandered through there to see if any new art supplies caught my eye. I found some mini stretched canvases and cute wooden stands and the wheels started turning.
What about painting mini landscapes for each place as a nameless “place card” and a little takeaway for guests?
I put them in the cart and couldn’t wait to get started on them the next day.
THESE are the mini canvases I purchased for the project. They are about 2 x 2″.
I wanted the paintings to compliment the mix of new and vintage dishes I was using, so I mixed up some colors to match…
I used oil paints for this project, but you could certainly use acrylics.
I started sculpting puffy summer clouds with a pale blue sky…
Then I filled in the clouds with pure white mixed with a little bit of the blue. I finished with a strip of pale blue sky under the clouds. One of the keys to this soft look is to keep the sky & cloud colors low contrast.
I then painted the land, starting with a pale green towards the horizon, dotting in some blobby trees, and moving towards a darker green in the foreground. I also added some loose diagonal lines to reference our Minnesota farm fields that are in their full green glory about this time.
I didn’t overthink each one or get fussy with the details but tried to get them done in five minutes or less.
And I really love how they turned out! Aren’t they so sweet?
I think this would be such a fun project to do with kids, especially. And, if you’re new to painting, this is a great place to start! You can always test out your colors and composition on paper before you put them on the canvas or buy a couple of extra to take the pressure off of yourself if you make mistakes.
THESE are the little wooden easels I used.
They ended up being the perfect little personal touch to this green and white summer table.
And, just for fun, I’m going to give away these four original mini-paintings to one of my readers. If you’d like to win, simply subscribe to my blog and leave a comment on this post letting me know you have (or you already do!)
The giveaway is open to readers worldwide. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced Monday, August 19, 2019. Good luck!
I’ll share the full reveal of this green & white summer tablescape later this week.