Friday, April 4, 2014

Easter - Spring Mantel


Hi friends!
Are you already enjoying warmer temperatures? Because around this parts, we've had a wonderful week! There is going to be rain on the following days but I'm not complaining, I'm enjoying the warmer days.
With Spring here and Easter quickly approaching, I set to work on my Easter mantel and tablescape. Lots of rabbits, eggs, chicks, and flowers have invaded my home ;)

For my mantel, I wanted a rabbit to take center stage, but I didn't want Peter Rabbit, no, he is everywhere! Instead, Gloria (as my son named her), hop out with her looong ears and rosie cheeks.

The bunny art was done on the old love wall plaque, you can check how to build it right HERE. Now, for the painting, I chose something pretty easy, a bunny, even a child can do this project, and that's what I was going for, something that looked like it was done by a kid. Well, that's the look I wanted not only because I love it but I guess that's also my painting level.  ;)
Make your sketch and begin painting the background, two blue colors for the sky, the trick is to add lots of WATER.  Same thing for the grass, two colors and blend, blend, blend... small amounts of paint with lots of water on your brush to dilute that paint.  For the white on the bunny no water, white paint at full strength.

The last touch was writing a bunny story all around the bunny using a white paint marker. They don't last long, I used two of them.

Even with my not so neat handwriting, it looks good, from far away the lettering on the sky looks like clouds.

The bunny art was the centerpiece, I kept the rest simple.

Some eggs inside green glass cups, little green bottles...


A very simple garland made out of wooden figures, an after season sale at Target last year. You can see how to hang this kind of garland. The nails and thumbtacks are always there, if the garland is a heavy one the nails are the only ones I use, if the garland is this light like this one, tucking the thread on the tacks keeps it aligned.


Daffodils on each side frame the display.


The pretty envelope pillows shared in my last post and my new fabric painted chairs 
also bring lots of Spring cheer to my family room.



Hugs,



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30 comments:

Suzan Sweatman said...

I LOVE this idea Christina - how perfect !
And the writing in the background just makes it - I'm amazed by what you do - really - soooo inspiring!
XOXO

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Absolutely amazing! That bunny is just perfect, and I love the background just like Suzan!

Jennifer@ClassicStyleHome said...

It all looks so pretty! The pillows look great and I can't believe you painted that yourself. My coworkers were laughing at my attempt to draw a patient's legs yesterday. They were asking what the knees and feet were, lol.

Maria Elena said...

Your Spring mantle is amazing! You always do such a beautiful job. Love every detail. Enjoy your weekend. Maria

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I love your bunny artwork!! It is my favorite Easter decor I've seen this season!

Vel Criste said...

Awwww, you are just too talented for words Cristina - in love with your bunny art!!! She is beautiful, again like I said before, you should open up a shop and sell your stuff you know!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh Cristina, wish I had you living close by me! Everythinmg looks amazing. I adore your artwork with the rabbit for Easter...you are even an artista, you are way too talented my friend!
Cariños y que tengas un bello y calientito fin de semana!
FABBY

Kalinka said...

great idea! I love this bunny and this garland

Debra Oliver said...

Cristina, this is THE most adorable piece I've seen, wow, such talent and creativity!!

NanaDiana said...

That is the cutest thing ever. I LOVE the graphic edge to it all. Colors are great!!!! xo Diana

Krista thehappyhousie said...

It looks amazing Cristina! I LOVE Gloria:) Pinning!

Angélica D said...

Hola Cristina prometo que nada brillante amiga ,,, ese conejo gigante que pintaste me encanto como se ve con el efecto de la escritura blanca !,, todo combina perfecto en tu living para recibir la Pascua

TheKimSix Fix said...

That came out so great! You know how much I love pretty mantles! The bunny is fabulous! In fact, the whole room is so bright and cheerful! Beautiful.. like always!

Just Spiff It said...

Love your mantle and your bunny art is exceptional!! You are over the top creative. Love it!

Sandra Lee said...

Everything is light, airy and comfortable. Very inspiring!

Mindi Carwin said...

Wow! I am super impressed with your bunny art! Seriously! The colors are awesome , and I am LOVING the writing....you are amazing! You inspire me girl!

Feral Turtle said...

Cheers to one talented lady!! I love the writing. It added the perfect finishing touch to your painting!! You really do have the best mantels!

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

LOVE the bunny art! Great job!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love this, gorgeous. The bunny is fabulous and what a fun project. Your mantel is stunning. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

reFresh reStyle said...

I love your sign! It's awesome :)
Debbie

Lori L Lehman said...

Love the bunny and those fabulous pillows!!

Mindie Hilton said...

You are very creative and talented. I really love the bunny art, it looks like something I would purchase.

srpprcrftr said...

For somebody that said she draws like a child you are pretty talented gal. I draw like a one year old then. No talent at drawing whatsoever. I've just had to reconcile myself to that fact.
I absolutely love your bunny art on the boards put together. It looks like it would come out of one of those fancy stores only yours is better. Your mantel looks so soft and pretty, like Easter and Spring should. Great job, I'll have to use a template to paint a bunny on anything. Hubs made me a sign last year (looks kinda like yours) so I'll sand it, repaint it, give it a try.
Your sky and grass look awesome. Now that I think of it think I'll do some chickens and a wire fence over them. Will do the sky and grass hopefully little like yours. By time I get it done it'll be a ways after Easter so no bunnies. Great project and mantel. Happy Spring.

Alison Agnew said...

So fresh and pretty for spring, and I love the bunny art!

Alison
Nancherrow

Theresa said...

I love your bunny project it came out beautiful. Your mantel is so pretty and I love all the bright and light you get in your home. Mine is so dark. Happy Spring & Easter! Visiting from @DearCreatives Theresa

Ann Krucek said...

Fabulous project!! The outcome is so cute. I love the handwriting, it just makes your art work that much more special.

Vicky said...

Me encanta tu decoración de pascua, es muy dulce y primaveral, me gusta el resultado de la escritura en el fondo, simplemente precioso!!

Mindie Hilton said...

Featuring this week at Bacon Time party!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

This is my favorite spring mantel!! I absolutely love your bunny painting. It's so sweet and you did a great job. Love the chairs and pillows too! All of it is so cheerful!!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Gosh you are so talented, love the bunny above the mantle, it should be above my mantle,....love it

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