I love painting for kids' rooms!!! I have learned a bit about painting doing them, and had tons of fun. Here's one I did a few days ago for a lovely young lady at church who is expecting in March. Her darling little girl will be named Rachel, and I went with something very simple even though that is not what I had planned.
I started out with an 18"x24" canvas, already primed. I picked a font from MyFonts, a fairy tale font I thought made her name look pretty and adorable. The font is Blue Goblet Serif, and I love it. It is a little too spaced out, so I took tracing paper and traced the letters, bunching them up a bit. Then I doodled flowers and vines coming off the letters. Once I was done, I used my Artograph Tracer Projector (got it a Hobby Lobby 40% off) to project the words onto the canvas in pencil. I used the tracing paper under the projector, which was a big mistake. I started to notice my words were shifting around as I traced, and finally figured out it was because the tracing paper was wrinkling up from the heat off the bulb of the projector.
I usually start painting at this point, but the white has a tendency to show through the brush strokes and the pencil is hard to cover. I decided to try something different with this painting. I painted a base coat of khaki colored paint over my sketch thin enough so I could still see the lines of the drawing underneath.
Painting, painting, more painting..
Pretty pink letters.
Overworked it - drat!
Fixing my mistakes.