After creating an acrylic canvas for our kitchen my daughter was mightily impressed and asked if she could make one too, so I thought I’d give it a go with her and apply similar techniques in the hope that it didn’t end up as one big blob of the same colour!

I’m pleased to reveal that it didn’t, which led to an incredibly chuffed face on our little girl who was so proud with her masterpiece and couldn’t wait to put it in her bedroom. Heartwarming and priceless moment for mummy.

If you’d like to give it a go with your own little one, here’s how we did it:

You will need


Brushes. It’s good to buy a pack of varying sizes

Impasto Paste. Optional but adds great texture to your piece

Acrylic paint. A selection of smaller tubes in a range of colours plus a larger amount of white

Colour palette mixer or something like an old tile

– Gold and silver leaf or gold and silver leaf flakes. I personally like the texture of flakes

PVA glue

– A large oilcloth or similar to protect your surface

– Cardboard or something similar with straight edges to drag the paint

– Baby wipes. Always handy!

How To:

Create a space to work in with reasonable light and where you can leave it to dry.

So we had a purpose I showed my daughter pictures of abstract art online and she liked one with zig zags running through the middle. We knew it was for her bedroom which helped with colour choices.

I had already created texture in advance using the Impasto Paste so we could get going on the painting straight away but you can mix the paste and paint together if you like. To get the pinky shades right I mixed them for her, then using a brush she blobbed it onto the canvas along with some white and smeared it around using a piece of card.

Once the background was covered we then blobbed lilac across the middle which she then zig-zagged using a small piece of card and then left to dry. A few days later we came back and sprinkled the gold and silver gilt flakes onto PVA glue.

And that’s it folks! My daughter absolutely loved doing this and as I didn’t have to step in much she was really empowered by it…so much so that she made one for a boy-friend at school. I created the H using PVA glue to get the shape right but everything else was her own work and she was proud as punch!

Please tag @ohsokel and use #OSKinspired on if you create something after reading this post. I’d love to see the results!

Until next time.


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