Easy crafts to try this Chinese New Year!

This year, Chinese New Year falls on the 1st of February. Whether you celebrate or not, we thought you may like some inspiration for something super easy and crafty that ANYONE can try at home. Chinese New Year actually lasts 15 days so if it goes wrong first time, you still have time to redeem it!

Above you can see our attempt at ‘The Coin Tree’. This was super easy, simply using different shades of gold paint, brown paint, 2 different sized coins and red paper. Find our step by step below. 

The Coin Tree

  1. Gather various-sized coins to use for printing the coins on the tree.
  2. Paint one side of the coin with your first shade of gold, we the lightest shade and created a base layer for the tree.

  3. Use your next shade of gold, create more prints. Fewer than the base layer.

  4. Use your darkest and last shade of gold on your smallest coin and scatter around your tree making it look fuller and more textured.
  5. Lastly, use your brown paint to create a trunk and branches.
  6. Once the paint dries, hang up the picture for lots of good luck and prosperity.

To achieve our coin tree we used metallic paints from 35 Design Space found on The Craft Store. http://www.thecraftstore.com/brand/842/35-design-space 

Cherry Blossom Tree

This cherry blossom tree was very satisfying to try, we probably could have had another few go’s at this one just to make it perfect! You could make this one look so pretty the more time and effort you put into it… you may never want to take it down! 

  1.  Using your darkest pink paint, start lightly tapping your paintbrush against the wooden stick so that specks of paint fall onto your painting.
  2. For the second layer, use a lighter pink and start creating lighter and darker areas in your painting.
  3. Lastly you can add a third layer by adding a little white into your pinks for even lighter areas.

*TIP*

If you’re having trouble keeping the rest of the paper clean, or with getting the right shape for your tree, one option is to use paper masks. This is basically made from a sheet of paper that’s the same size as your paper, but with the shape of the tree cut out in the middle. You can lay this mask on top of your paper while you splatter, which helps constrain the area where paint flecks will appear, but if you do use this method, make sure you keep shifting the paper mask around to prevent getting a rigid edge around your tree. Also, don’t place the mask on wet paint, or else it will smudge your work.

4. When you’re done, wait for the paint to dry, then prep some brown paint on your palette. Dilute it a bit so it’s not too dark, and start painting in the tree trunk, branches, and a little bit of the dirt ground.

Cherry blossoms symbolize the start of spring in The Chinese New Year,  a time of renewal. They can also represent the fleeting nature of life, since their time in bloom is so short-lived.

You can also try this technique for painting other trees, only instead of pink cherry blossoms, you can use varying shades of green for the leaves of any type of tree. Most importantly, have fun with creating “organized chaos”, and keep experimenting for the best results!

To achieve our paint splattered Cherry Blossom Tree we used a variety of paints from Pink Ink Designs that are also available through The Craft Store. https://thecraftstore.com/brand/44/pink-ink-designs

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