So since I've planned more camping trips and hopefully (weather-permitting) trips to the beach I’ve been on the lookout for a picnic blanket. I wanted it to be bright and colourful but most importantly cheap so that if when the puppy chews on it I won’t mind too much. I saw this awesome tutorial here and thought I’d give it a go. I got a canvas drop-cloth from Lowes and some fabric paint from Micheals
I’ve seen recommendations online to use plastic sheeting to protect other surfaces when using fabric paint – I didn’t have plastic sheeting so I did the best thing I could think of, I painted it outside on the grass!
I couldn’t really decide on a design, I just knew I wanted it to be colourful and to make me think of holidays when I looked at it. So I started off by painting a big sun in the centre of the canvas. To make sure that I got a perfect decent circle and not a wobbly oval which would have happened if I’d free handed it I used a pencil tied to a piece of string and secured at the centre of the drop cloth.
[I actually couldn't find either string or a pencil so I used what I could find some wool and a piece of chalk]
Then I blocked in the circle with yellow fabric paint and moved on the painting the rays of sunshine. Again using the chalk and wool, I marked out the lenght of each line and then blocked them in with the same yellow. I alternated the lenght of the rays as I moved around the canvas. I had orinally thought about doing shades of orange but I wanted to keep the price of supplies low on this project.
I decided to do a wave like pattern on the two longer edges of the canvas using blue and purple paint, mostly because I just love blue and purple. This wasn’t too hard as the tube of paint had a nozzle attached so I just free-handed some wazy lines in alternating colours, and then blurred the edges with a dry paint brush.
So here it is, the finished picnic blanket – easy peasy!
The hardest part of this project was trying to keep the puppy off it when I was painting - the naughty puppy wanted to paint it, eat it and did his best to get paint all over himself and the blanket.
But sometimes the real beauty is in the imperfections; he left an adorable little pawprint when I wasn't watching. It may not be beautiful or expensive but it definitely a unique blanket and I love it.