Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pottery Barn Kids Swallow Art Knock Off

  Hi, everyone!  This week's challenge at The CSI Project is to create a knock off.  I looked at several different online stores to find something to create for the challenge.  I stumbled upon the Sentiment Canvas Collection from Pottery Barn Kids.

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 I love all the canvases, but I chose to "knock off" the swallow canvas.  So here's what I did to create my knock off.  It was super easy and super inexpensive-- a great combination!
First, I pulled a canvas out of my canvas stash.  Unfortunately, I didn't have a square canvas, and the closest craft store to my house is a 45 minute drive, so I just worked with what I had.  I used my Silhouette to cut a swallow from white card stock.

I painted my canvas with the tan paint.  I only used one coat because, to me, the PB canvas almost looks like burlap.  The texture of my canvas shows through the thin coat of paint, creating a burlap texture.  I then taped off my canvas with painters tape to create the lines around the edge of the canvas.

I used my stencil brush to paint between the tape.  The photo of the stencil in progress shows me using white paint.  This was before I realized the PB art has pink I repainted the lines pink.

Here is where I had to use my noggin!  To create the flowers in the corners of the canvas, I first traced a flower I had cut with my Silhouette.  I filled in the traced flower with pink paint.

I used the end of an unsharpened pencil to create the circles for the smaller flowers.

I used the small end of a small paintbrush to create the centers of the flowers.  I used the end of a straight pin to create the dots around the center of the large flower.  And, finally, I painted the white edge around the large flower with a small paint brush.  It's not perfect, but I will have to accept that and move on with my life.

The finishing touch was applying my paper swallow to the canvas with Mod Podge.  I also used two coats of Mod Podge to seal the canvas.

Then I had a PB Kids knock off!

Besides the fact that it's not square, I think it looks pretty darn close to the original!  :)


  1. Beautiful knock off! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my driftwood mirror. Anytime you're in the Seattle area, look me up. I've got plenty of driftwood!!!
    --Michelle @

  2. Wow, what an awesome job!! It looks fantastic! :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by Brown Paper Packages today the title of your blog...too cute!

  3. Thanks so much, Evie! I have to say that I smiled when I saw the name of your blog! :)

  4. This is beautiful! I am seriously loving your blog!

  5. I love these! You did such a great job. I am looking for something similar in my daughters room!

  6. You did a great job on this project! Thank you for showing me what to do with all my blank canvases!

  7. I like the burlap look too and the swallow. I'll have to change this project for a little boys room. Any ideas to replace the swallow?

  8. When I did one for my friends little boys we did different shapes of trucks. You could also do dinosaurs, sports, bugs,construction, airplanes, anything that he is into you can make a theme about it! You just have to pick ones with interesting silhouettes.


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