504 Main by Holly Lefevre: Spray Painted Botanical Prints
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spray Painted Botanical Prints

I have so many projects that I want to try...
using so many different mediums and supplies.
Oh to find the time!

Well, I finally did find the time to try this project
that was on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens.
(that is a link to their tutorial)
source, better homes and gardens

I had just received some Valspar Spray Paint in Island Orange,
had a canvas, and plenty of foliage in the garden...
so I gave it a shot...
and perhaps a certain 4 year old (again)
also really wanted one or two of these canvases for her room.
(we will be making more in other colors)

I was really impressed with the Valspar and the gloss finish was gorgeous (you cannot see the gloss as much on the canvas but you can on the "nest" project I am previewing at the bottom of this post)
Can I tell you how much I LOVE the Easy Spray Technology - a larger finger pad making it easier to spray...and the caps just twists to use - seriously...heaven!!
It also helped that the weather finally cooperated
with me so I could head out side to paint away!

  • 1 Can of Valspar, Gloss Finish, Island Orange
  • 16 x 20 canvas, Aaron Brothers
  • Rubber Cement, CraftBond from Elmers
  • Leaf/Foliage

1 - Use rubber cement to create a frame around the canvas. Just brush it on around the edge of the entire canvas. It won't be perfect and that is OK. I suppose if you want perfect you could tape it off instead. Let dry.

NOTE 1: BHG also used cold press board...canvas worked just fine...I like the look a lot better! And no need to frame it - it is done and finished looking.

NOTE 2: BHG says to use Frisket (and never used it). I did not have any but I always have rubber cement. For me - it worked just fine!

2 - Find a good leaf (BHG suggests silk flowers). I selected some (real) ferns from the garden (FREE!). Plants with texture and open areas works best. I tried a couple of call lily leaves...guess what...they look like big blotches.

3 - Protect work area (drop cloth, cardboard, plastic) and surrounding areas (we are talking about spray paint) and wear proper protective gear (gloves, eye protection).

4 - Place foliage on canvas in desired position.

5 - Prep paint by shaking...twist Valspar's AWESOME cap (yep twist!) and paint. BE CAREFUL - the first "blast of paint" can cause your foliage to move -  I sometimes had to gently hold my fern in place (with one finger).

6 - Spray all over canvas.

7 -  Remove fern/foliage. Let dry.

8 - After dry, rub the edges of the canvas (where you applied the rubber cement) to "remove" paint and create the natural/uneven border. I just used my finger...you can use an eraser. The rubber cement just balls up (with the paint) and rubs off. It will make a bit of a mess in the form of rubber "balls."
close up of the canvas corner and finish

I adore this look - so happy with my rubber cement and paint and canvas!

you can make the border as fat of thin as you want

9 - Hang and enjoy!
Bright vibrant orange and "tropical" foliage - I am ready for warm weather!

Some areas are more defined and some less defined, but that is part of the charm.

I was lucky enough to also receive a can of Roasted Coffee in gloss too.

I used one of my beloved bundt pans and sprayed it in the beautiful Glossy Roasted Coffee, filled it with some moss and little eggs - instant Easter decor!
I will have a full tutorial on this piece in a day or so...but here's a sneak peek!

NOW...here's the
Win 2 cans of Valspar spray paint

Be sure to Like Valspar on Facebook to get all the news and goodies!

Open to US residents
Runs from 3/6/2012 through 3/13/2012 at midnight PST

1 - Leave me a comment telling me what you want to spray paint

2 - Spread the word: blog or facebook about it! Tag 504Main and Valspar
3 - Tweet the giveaway. Tag @504Main
4 -  Follow 504 Main via GFC, RSS or email
Pink, purple, and green art pieces are in the works!

Want to see some more fun projects and have even MORE chances to win spray paint...head over to these other blogs!

The DIY Showoff
(IF Roeshel's site is having technical difficulties, be sure to check back!
You don't want to miss her project!)

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disclosure: Valspar spray paint was provided for me to use. Valspar is also providing 2 cans for the winner
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  1. Awesome! I didn't even know Valspar made paint spray even though I have used their paint on several projects.

  2. They turned out great Holly It looks great with a set of four canvases with different colour sprays thanks a lot for sharing,I am going to pin it on my board ...
    Enjoy some good ceramic mugs and other crockery at....
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/2012/03/kitchens-love.htmlWith love

  3. Anonymous6:06 AM

    i love love this project.. and the bunny one sounds cool... too...... I would make some fern.... prints with the spary paint.. HOPE i win... love it.
    lisarenee ciancio-fogarty

  4. Anonymous6:07 AM

    i liked vaspar!!! on facebook.
    LisaRenee ciancio-Fogarty

  5. I would spray paint the old picture frame that I just bought at a thrift store.

  6. This is so pretty! I absolutely love the look of this with the bright colors and the crisp white!

    I'm working on a new project for the hallway and wanted to spray paint some frames. :)

  7. Love the fern prints! And the orange is a cool choice! I have some frames in need of paint! They would be cool in orange too!

  8. Great project! I would love to win some spray paint. I have a box of knick knack ready to be given new life with some spray paint!

  9. I follow you!
    Thanks! xxoo

  10. I would love to win some spray paint and try my hand at the botanicals project. So pretty! z

  11. I'm also a GFC follower.

  12. These canvases are so cute Holly!! I love how your version turned out - it's so perfect for spring!
    I've been wanting to add a few more little knick knacks around - some thrift store transformations I think. I'd love to paint them some bright fun colors!

  13. It's a great one, Holly. Love the color too. I'm fresh out of botanical ferns though....although it is supposed to be an unprecedented 52 degrees today.

    I'm getting ready to move, and I have discovered 4 large boxes of spray paint. I'm going to start with an old crib spring and paint it turquoise.

  14. Anonymous7:34 PM

    I have several projects one being an old floor lamp.

  15. Anonymous7:35 PM

    I am a happy follower of yours via GFC

  16. wow so cool and so easy!!!! not to mention readily available supplies.

  17. I need to spray paint a stack of neglected picture frames that I have sitting in my garage :)


  18. That looks very good and very fun to do! I haven't used the new cans....looks much easier! Thank you!

  19. I need to spray paint some ugly bookcases that have been on my to-do list for just about ever.

  20. I have an army green file cabinet I bought from Craigslist that really needs a splash of color for my office.

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  21. Following you with GFC (shel)

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  23. Shared on Facebook (Michelle Hudak)

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  24. I would love a chance to win. I would love to make these but I also want to spray paint everything. I have a few figurines I want to spray paint, a rocking chair and a frame.

  25. I have some wooden shelves I built that could use some bright spray paint!

  26. Following 504 via email :)


  27. Love Love this technique! Makes me wish I had any type of foliage in my yard...

    Nothing is green yet here in Wyoming:(

    Maybe I should spray paint me some grass!

  28. Hi, I found your site thru the DIY Show Off site, and I have entered the give away thru them, but boy I do LOVE your spray painted BUNDT PAN! Such a unique idea! I've overlooked so many of them at thirft stores, but now I'll be on the look out! thanks for sharing the idea! And, although it's a bit of copy-catting, this is what I'd like to paint - a bundt pan - if I can find one :D

  29. I have a lamp that I want to paint
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  32. Looks awesome..! I saw it on my magazine too, and thought how easy and fun it would be to do that in my girls room.


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