Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mini Canvas Minarets Tutorial

We are traveling! 

We are lucky enough to go visit Minnesota for my husband's nieces wedding.  We took the Amtrak from Seattle and I am unable to log in for long periods of time.  For now, I'd like to post the photos of the crafts we did at home before we left and as soon as I can get to a place where I can type for longer then a few minutes, I'll post the directions!

Update: We are home! My apologies this took so long to post.  Here are the instructions to this super duper easy craft.

Today we decided to celebrate the Minaret, a vital structure in an Islamic mosque.  One of the best things about living in an Islamic country is being able to hear the call to prayer from a minaret. It brings the entire community together to pray as one.

From Wikipedia: A minaret (from Arabic, manāra (منارة), meaning "lighthouse") is a distinctive architectural feature of mosques, generally a tall spire with an onion-shaped or conical crown, usually either free standing or taller than associated support structure. The basic form of a minaret includes a base, shaft, and gallery. Styles vary regionally and by period. Minarets provide a visual focal point and are used for the call to prayer (adhan).

Miniature canvas
Glue gun

To start, it's a good idea to sketch out the minaret design you want.  We drew out a rectangle, added two parentheses with a point on top of it and three more rectangles inside the large one to suggest windows.  Keep your design simple because every line will be drawn with a glue gun, which tends to be thick.

Draw your design out very, very, very, very lightly on your canvas.  You will not be able to erase later, so make sure your marks are simply suggestions.

Once you are happy with your drawing, go over all the lines again with a glue gun.  Let dry overnight.

Once you make sure your glue is completely dry the next day, go over the entire canvas with one solid color of acrylic pain.

Do the same with the other canvases and paint and you'll have three beautiful mini paintings that will make a lovely gift or keep them for yourself!

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