Nap time is becoming very productive for me.
Not only is nap time when I write posts for this site, but it’s also become the time when I cook, bake and do craft projects for Cecilia’s room and the rest of the house; but, really mostly Cecilia’s room 🙂
I recently purchased a new shelving/storage unit for her room, so now I have a little shelf that needs to be decorated. Since she was born I wanted to paint a piggy bank with her name on it and now, not only did I have the time to do it, but also a perfect place to put it. Win, win!
I started off having a vague idea of a design that was modeled off of the piggy bank I had when I was little. I knew I wanted her name on it and I knew I wanted flowers on it, but how I was going to arrive at my final product was up in the air. I bought all of the tools above at my local Michael’s craft store. I didn’t end up using the sponge brushes or the acrylic paint pen, but I bought them just in case since I was going with the flow as I was painting this little piggy.
I have to say that I LOVED using the Martha Stewart Crafts Fine-Tip Tops. They screw right onto the top of her acrylic paint bottles and were nice to use for the writing of Cecilia’s name, the center of the flowers and the aqua dot details (see photos of the flowers and dots below).
When I first got the idea of painting a piggy bank for Cecilia, I wanted to go to one of those paint-your-own pottery places, but I’m kind of glad I didn’t because the acrylic paint on this type of piggy bank were very forgiving. If I made a mistake, all I had to do was get a damp paper towel and, voila! Mistake be gone!
I painted Cecilia’s name on the bank first, then started on the flowers. I practiced them a few different ways on a blank sheet of paper and found a way that worked best for me. I first took a thin, flat paint brush (I used the medium size flat brush from this set) and made six simple brush strokes in the shape of a flower (see below).
I let that dry a bit, then rounded out the strokes with the same brush. I after that dried for a bit, I added a second coat. I kept some of the texture the extra coat of paint added, but you can smooth it out with the brush if you prefer that.
Then, I took my white acrylic paint with another fine-tip top and added the center of the flower.
After that, I added as many flowers as I wanted, some squiggly vine detail with brown paint and some aqua dots (both with the fine-tip top) around the money slot at the top of the bank and the piggy’s ears.
After that, it was time to make the first official deposit! Her great-grandma Barbara sent her a generous gift and I thought it’d be the perfect thing to pop in her new piggy bank!
TOOLS USED (all purchased at Michael’s):
Piggy Bank (not found online, but available in store in two sizes – I used the smaller size)
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint in Meadowlark (yellow), Arrowhead (brown), Summer Linen (white) and Aquarium (aqua)
Martha Stewart Crafts Detailing 5pc Brush Set
Martha Stewart Crafts Fine-Tip Tops
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