DIY Hand Painted Paper Placemats

Planning an Easter brunch, wedding shower, rehearsal dinner, birthday party, anniversary or a dinner party with friends?  Why not make the table extra special with hand painted placemats for each guest.  No way you say, I could not do that!!!  Well, let us show you how simple they are to do. IMG_7333Start by picking out your paper, Canvas Corp has a wide range of papers with beautiful artwork that are perfect for hand painting with amazing results.  Let us walk you through the process and then you can explore the wide range of papers available to coordinate with your theme, color palette or special event.  Many of the papers are part of a collection, so you can mix it up a bit or choose one design and paint them the same or make each one unique.  Here is one of the newest Canvas Corp papers, Spring Flowers.  It is part of their new Spring line – Spring Showers.  


The art has great texture in the designs which make it especially fun to paint helping you with the dimension and detail that make a hand painted item look simply spectacular.


Next choose your paint colors.  This is the fun part, you can choose a wide range of colors across all the Tattered Angels Mists and Glimmer Glaze.  They all work perfect for hand painting paper.


When applying Glimmer Mist with a brush we suggest shaking the bottle side to side and pouring a small amount into a small cup or paint tray.  You can mix colors easily in the tray and add a touch here and there of colors for shading and detail.


Now play….paint the images traditionally, paint them with fun colors, anything goes on this step.  You can add a little water to the paint colors if you want or need to tone them down.  You can layer colors adding deeper colors over lighter to create depth of color.  This part is truly relaxing and fun.  Adult coloring at its best.  


The photo straight on does not do the paper justus, here are a few close ups.


Touches of darker colors add so much texture.


Paint a set, paint 4 or paint one for everyone at the event.  The paint goes along way when watercoloring, so one bottle of each color is plenty.

IMG_7334Not it is time to set the table.  Clear plates are really fun to use when you have painted the placemat, but not required.  The finished size is 12″x12″ so most standard plates will fit perfectly.  

IMG_7337Choose a coordinating napkin or pick white, they always look crisp and clean and make your own napkin rings or add to a simple one with a little lace and burlap, which is so on trend right now.

IMG_7333If floral is not your thing, but you love the idea, there are so many papers to choose from that are designed very much the same, from baby girl and baby boy (perfect for your next baby shower – if you don’t know the if it will be a boy or a girl, use both and paint them neutral colors, farmhouse kitchen (this link is for one paper, but there are a number of options to choose from, Spring Showers, this one is really cool and brand new too, so we had to show it.  To view the entire collection of papers jump over to the paper shop.  There are some great coordinating papers too that you can mix in with the painted ones for larger events.  


So next time you are planning a sit down dinner, brunch or are hosting supper club, you will aw your guests with these pretty little painted placemats and we promise not to tell anyone how easy the are to do!!!!!  If you are hosting a family event, why not have the kids color them in, the finished projects will be cherished.

To view the entire Spring Showers release.  

Happy Creating!! 


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'DIY Hand Painted Paper Placemats' have 2 comments

  1. February 17, 2016 @ 1:30 pm Kyriakos

    Very beautiful result. Clever use of the paper.


  2. February 20, 2016 @ 6:51 pm Barb Housner

    what a great idea – I think I would laminate them so I could use them again because I would be the first to spill gravy on the beautiful piece of artwork.


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