Good Morning and Happy Monday! I love Summer, have I mentioned that? The beautiful weather always lifts my spirits and I love the smell of Summer air. With the Summer season comes barbeques, weekend hikes and whole lot of other outdoor activities. A few weeks ago, I pinned a really awesome project from Design Love Fest - a Picnic Basket. The blanket was my pinspiration for my Ombre Beach Bag, but I decided that I wanted to also make my own version using a different color.
I started off this project without reading any of the Design Love Fest tutorial and so I had to stop halfway through to switch to a paint roller, instead of paint brush, and I also had to stop again later and pick up more paint because a sample wasn't enough.
To begin, I gathered my supplies - a drop canvas, paint mixing tray, paint sample (later to be subsidized by a quart sized can), paint brush (later to be switched out with a mini roller), painter's tape and a ruler.
After opening the drop cloth, I realized that it was a little stiff, so I ran it through the washer and dryer before laying it out on the floor.
Then, using the painter's tape, I freehanded lines across one way and then diagonally the other. I did use a ruler to help me keep the lines straight and each line is about 6 to 7 inches from the next.
After I had my painter's tape down, I set to work painting. First, I painted the furthest outside diamonds the dark green.
I found that by placing a hard board underneath them, it made it much easier to paint. I also started out with a paintbrush and realized quickly that using a paintbrush might take forever. So, I ran out to Lowe's (trip #2 for this project) and picked up a few small rollers - these made the job a lot easier.