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End of School Year Blues (Or Pinks)

Inspiration Canvas
Today is the last day of school for my big guy!  First grade is over.  He had a an awesome teacher this year. I really wish I could clone her and make a new second grade teacher for him.  He loves her and wanted to give her a gift.  So, we made her a canvas.  For inspiration,  we went to Pinterest and Google.

We found a lot of inspiration but ultimately agreed that we liked a canvas we found on Lines, Dots and Curls By Katie.  He told me blue wouldn't work because his teacher's favorite color is pink.  Lucky for him, I already had pink and black acrylic paint (Apple Barrel Gloss in Pure Pink 20346 and Black 20504 from Wal-mart) and an 8" x 10" canvas I purchased a while ago for 50% off at Hobby Lobby.

Our Canvas
So, to get started, we opened Microsoft PowerPoint and laid out our plan.  He wanted to help paint so we taped off the top section and the bottom lines.  He painted the pink base at the top and the pink lines at the bottom (2 coats).  By then, he was bored and wanted finish watching Wild Kratts. So, I finished up the black circles, trim, and free hand lettering.  Once dry, I hot glued some black ribbon I already had to the back of the canvas.  In all, it took about 2 hours and cost nothing!

It was a great project for the both of us.  I hope his teacher loves it as much as we love her.

Second grade here we come!
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