Art project for Nathan’s 1st birthday

My godson Nathan just turned 1 and his parents, two of the best people in the world (my best friend and her hubby), are throwing him a big party this afternoon.

B and I got him a cuddly present, but yesterday I realized I don’t have a gift box or bag to put it in.

So I decided to give Nathan another gift by jazzing up a canvas tote that I was saving up for a special project.

My inspiration’s from the talented author-illustrator¬†Polly Dunbar. (Someday when I grow up, I want to be just like her! :)

This particular illustration was part of a write-up on her from another favorite reference of mine.

So anyway, here are the materials I used: canvas tote, acrylic paints, masking tape (to help keep the bag stretched and in place), board (to prevent paint from bleeding to the other side of the bag).

First the rough sketch…

Then I started painting. I used the following colors: white, cobalt blue hue, cadmium yellow light, hooker’s green, cadmium orange, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson.

After outlining the painting with raw umber, it’s now dry and ready to put in our present!¬†What do you think? :)

Happy birthday Nathan! May your days always be filled with wonder!