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Be Kind

In a world, where you can be anything, always choose to be kind. I love this sign, for many reasons, but most of all, because it applies to every human and is an appropriate statement in any situation. Small acts of kindness, are actually the catalysts to pay love forward. Let's make this sign together!


Follow the guide below for specific techniques on painting this laser cutout design. If you need a Three & Me DIY ART KIT, enquire here. For more extensive notes and clips on painting wood shapes and designs see this blog post:

Painting 3D squares



SUPPLIES:

  • Be kind DIY Art Kit

  • acrylic or chalk paints in various colors

  • sponge paint brush

  • paint wedges

  • glue, I prefer Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue

Optional extras:

  • nail or toothpick to pop out letters from mask

  • paper towels

  • paper plate

  • masking tape


Your colors may be different, depending on what you ordered.

For additional colors you can use crayons, markers, pencils, as well as acrylic or chalk paints.


BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

  • To make life easier for you, your individual letters will come in a wood mask.

  • The smooth back side is the sticker, which you can peel off once letters are dry.

  • The front is covered by a removable tissue layer.

  • Once you are ready to paint the letters, make sure you have this section on a FLAT surface. Carefully remove the tissue layer. This will ensure that your letters stay in position while you paint them, and you don't get paint all over your fingers.

  • Alternatively, you can place individual letters onto upturned masking tape, so that they don't move around while you paint.

For more details and techniques for painting wood shapes, please see here.




PAINT

  • Start with the larger layers: the base, frame, daisy combo layer and petals.

  • Separate them out and paint them each individually in whatever colors you choose.

  • For larger areas, use the sponge brush.

  • For smaller sections, such as the petals and letters, use a wedge.

  • Use as little paint as possible so that it doesn't run over the edges and to keep your design neat. Rather add various thin coats, than one that is too thick.

  • Blot paint onto your paper plate or paper towel to remove excess, before painting your shapes.

  • Attach smaller shapes onto an upturned piece of masking tape, so they stay in place without getting paint all over your fingers!

  • Don't be shy to layer different shades.

  • Run your semi-dry sponge wedge over edges in white for highlight or black for shadow.

  • Use the back of a nail, to make dots!

  • Use the side or a nail to make stripes.


Have fun!!!


NOTES ON COLORS:


Pick a limited color palette, to make your design coherent. Too many colors can be distracting. Rather blend different shades of a smaller color group by adding white or black.

You can also use crayons, makers or pencils to color this project instead of using paint!

Or you can cut out wrapping paper and glue it onto your project for a fun twist!

That said, there are really no rules in art, so do what pleases you!

Below is a graphic representation of what different color choices might look like.

Or see photos of completed projects at the end.




Which colors will you pick for your daisy?



ASSEMBLE:

Watch this clip to see how the shapes are assembled:

  • Only the letters have a self -adhesive backing. You will need glue for the bases, frame and petals.

  • Apply glue, by blotting it onto the pieces sparingly with a sponge wedge. Less is more!

  • I prefer Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue for this type of craft, but wood glue, superglue and craft glue also work.

  • Once the bases and petals are in place, remove your letters from the mask, if you have not already done so during painting.

  • Peel away the sticker backing. You may need a nail or weeding tool to help remove the backing.

  • Stick your letters into the engraved spaces allocated for each letter.

  • Press down firmly onto your letters, to make sure they stay in place. The self-adhesive is permanent, so make sure they're in the correct places!




Display with pride!

I hope you have had fun with this adorable kit.




Please share photos of your version when you're done with tag @threeandme on social media or directly at claire@threeand.me.


Thanks for joining me!


Warmly,

Claire

xxx



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Camas, WA

What an amazing experience! Claire is an incredible instructor and makes these projects so fun and truly easy for those like me who are not artsy! She is extremely organized and everything is so well thought out and ready in advance. I can hardly wait to take more classes in the future. I would highly recommend Three & Me!

Angela H.

Camas, WA

I just went to my first Three & Me workshop. It was a wonderful experience. Claire is a warm hostess and an excellent instructor. Making everyone feel engaged and successful. The materials are top notch and every detail is well thought out. It’s a great escape for a personal creative moment or a fun way to connect with friends and family while expressing your inner artist.

Camas, WA

Such a fun string art class tonight! Claire is a wonderful instructor and everything was so beautiful; the display, the art, the examples, the supplies, the snacks! So fun!

Camas, WA

This is truly a fun night out! Claire's instruction is helpful, humorous and fun! I love how she allowed us options to be creative and put our own twist on our projects. There is a lot of attention to detail with the set-up, supplies and refreshments which did not go unnoticed.  I can't wait for the next project!

What a fun evening! Claire has thought of every detail and guides you step by step through the whole process! She is such an encourager and makes you feel like you have just made a masterpiece! I highly recommend her classes! I can't wait to take another one!

Camas, WA

I had such a fun evening! Three & Me had everything presented beautifully and organized in a way that made it easy to follow along for those of us that aren't necessarily crafters by nature! Thank you for a fun night!

Courtney H.

Camas, WA

Thank you Claire Houlding for an incredible night! It was so much fun creating with Three & Me!

Hollen F.

Camas, WA

You all did such a great job! Claire Houlding what a fun thing you are starting in our community! Love it. So fun to be there tonight!

Jennifer B.

Camas, WA

I craft a lot at home, but doing crafts in a class with friends is so much better. THREE & ME makes it so easy to do the things I am interested in, without having to find the supplies and figure out how to do it on my own. I've just booked my next ladies night with Claire! I can't wait. 

Vancouver, WA

Tonight, a bunch of lucky ladies got to craft along side one of the very best. Claire's heart, is hands done one of the very best and those of us who were there got to create something amazing that we will proudly display in our homes. Many laughs and much fun was had by all. I highly recommend one of Three & Me classes to anyone in the area! Spread kindness around like confetti!!

Lana E.

Camas, WA

Art is not my strength. I don't have a creative bone in my body. So I came to a workshop because my friend made me... and I made something I now love. I was expecting to sit and watch, but landed up getting fully involved! My husband and kids don't believe that I made it myself. I'm coming again and I'm bringing my sister... she's even worse at crafts than me.

Alyson S.

Washougal, WA

We had such a fun girls night out making Christmas signs. Claire did a wonderful job explaining what to do and they turned out great! We are all looking forward to more events!! Thank you!

Kristine A.

Camas, WA

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