DIY LDR Painting

So tomorrow morning (at 5:30 am!?!) is the big day.  The day I have to leave the UK to go back to America to apply for my visa so I can turn around and come back to the UK. (As I’ve mentioned 100 times before.) To say that I am bummed out about it wouldn’t really properly qualify how badly I’ve feel. It’s more like my face turned into Niagara Falls and it won’t stop.  I even have a stress pimple.
The hardest bit isn’t having a set in stone date for my return.  Just a willy-nilly, “at the discretion of border control”.  Anyways, I’d been working on this project for Sam after having seem something very similar here on pinterest.  I nixed the shadow box, the writing and did it one canvas. I’m quite happy with how it turned out although I have to say, England, you’re a lumpy biznatch to paint.
I did two countries but most examples I’ve seen have been different States.
(Finished product, chillin’ on the wall.)
You’ll need:
Canvas (size of your choosing)
Paper card
1. To start with I made homemade stencils of England and America.  I drew them onto thick card and then I carefully cut them out.  I taped them on the canvas and adjusted them to where I thought they looked best.
(I made a heart stencil too because I always mess up free-handing hearts.)
2. I painted the yellow layer over the “stencil.”.  Be extra careful around the edges so that paint doesn’t drip in behind the stencil.  Wait for the paint to dry, and repeat until the majority of the canvas is at your desired shade.

3. CAREFULLY!!!! peel off the stencil.  The area behind it should have remained white.  Take your contrasting color (in this case I used white) and paint over where the stencils where to make your state or country really pop out.  When that’s dry add your hearts.

4. Draw the line connecting the hearts in pencil faintly before going over it in a 3rd paint color.

(The finished product)

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  • Another Clean Slate

    I love this idea! I have seen it on Etsy but this is much less expensive. Thanks for sharing!!

    • The hyperlink inside the post takes you to another store that sells them as well. But it’s a nice project to do one your own! (For much much cheaper) xx

  • Karen

    Gah! What a great blog! I love this stenciled project and think I’m going to have to mimic it to save money!! I’m very glad I found your blog on the hop, am your newest follower, and can’t wait to read more!

    • Thank you so much Karen!! xx

  • Ashley Swindell

    This is super super cute!!!

  • Oh I love this! I would love to do a storybook type one where I have different ones from wax place I have lived telling my nomadic journey. You did a great job with the stencils!

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

    • When I was drawing them, I think I stared at maps all afternoon and developed map-blindness.

      Thats a great idea. Yours would have so much in it and it’s cool for the kids to look through later and appreciate their mom’s journey xx

  • Kalyn Randolph

    This is awesome! I LOVE IT! So creative and fun! In a few years it would be fun to record where we travel πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Kalyn! It’s much less complicated to make than it sounds too! xx

  • Bev

    hi, i following the “weekend social mix” blog hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

    new follower bev

  • I had a gallery wall in the last apartment I lived in. There’s no really enough space in our current one and I miss it! xx

  • This is super cute!! I hope border control acts quickly and sends you right back to england! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Becky! I’m taking all well-wishes to heart right now! xx

  • Maggie

    How fun! You did a great job.
    Good luck with border control! I hope you have safe travels πŸ™‚

  • Maxine Whitney
  • Technicolor Moments

    Just dropping by from the Aloha hop- I’m following you πŸ™‚ These are lovely- I wish I would have done something like this when my relationship was still LDR!

  • Thank you Mark.

  • Belle Vierge

    This is so cute!!! I would like to do something similar, but just for me. Like a painting with the outlines of all the states/countries where I’ve lived.