Summer begins in less than 2 weeks and nothing screams summer as much as sunshiny colors and bright yellow lemons! My easy mixed media lemon craft is the perfect arts and crafts summer project for kids or adults. Hello, adult here, and I enjoyed creating it!
This is a very simple mixed media project to start out with since this form of art can get quite elaborate.
There are a multitude of supplies that can be incorporated into this type of artwork, such as, design stencils, ink stamps, distress ink, embossing powder, cloth, and the list goes on. I didn’t have any of those items on hand so I just experimented with what was in my craft stash.
EASY MIXED MEDIA LEMON CRAFT
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- square canvas
- scrapbook paper ~ lemon, brown, green
- craft paint ~ yellow, blue, brown
- eclipse stencil
- mod podge
- dotter ~ I used end of artist brush
- sponge paint brush
- blue seed beads
- green floss thread
- yellow buttons
4 STEPS TO MAKE MIXED MEDIA LEMON CRAFT
TRACE & CUT PAPER PIECES OUT
Use your eclipse stencil to trace a variety of areas on the scrapbook paper for your lemon tree and cut out.
MAKE THE GRASS:
- measure your canvas between the yellow inside edges lengthwise
- using a pencil, mark your green paper using those measurements plus desired height
- on one edge, draw a wavy line
- cut the entire piece out
Draw a tree trunk shape on brown paper and cut out.
PREPARE & PAINT THE CANVAS
Measure and lightly mark a square on your canvas leaving enough room for the yellow paint to be seen on the front side.
Use your sponge brush to paint yellow on the sides up to your marked off square on the canvas front, as indicated in the picture below.
Use a sponge brush to paint blue on the rest of the canvas. Start at the yellow edge and paint inward.
TIP: Use a Q-tip to clean up any paint mistakes.
GLUE PAPER PIECES ONTO CANVAS
Use Mod Podge to glue the paper grass and tree trunk onto the canvas.
Play with the eclipse lemon paper pieces for the desirable placement of the tree shape.
Use the Mod Podge to glue the eclipse pieces onto the canvas.
TIP: I took a picture of the test placement so I could refer back as I was gluing the pieces on.
Use Mod Podge to glue all embellishments onto the canvas.
- yellow buttons ~ lemons
- green floss ~ grass
- blue seed beads ~ sky
- brown paint ~ tree trunk
- yellow paint ~ dots
SEED BEADS: Dip the end of the artist brush in the mod podge bottle and “draw” the glue where the beads will be placed. I dropped the beads in the areas with glue. Push the beads to the bare areas using the end of the artist brush.
GRASS: Snip some short pieces of floss, mix the colors, and glue the bottom ends on the canvas. Once glued, snip the top ends at varying lengths.
TRUNK AND LEMON DOTS: Use the end of the artist brush to make dots on the lemons. Use the end again to dot paint the trunk.
BUTTONS: Glue on with mod podge.
I hope you have lots of fun trying your hand at mixed media! Have you tried this type of artwork before?
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