Ruff Draft: Easter Paintings with Free Easter Silhouette Templates {& Sale!}

March 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Crafts, DIY, Easter, Free Printables, Freebies, Ruff Draft

My daughter Grayce has been begging me to paint with her over the last couple of weeks… so I decided to create some FREE EASTER TEMPLATES that I could share with you, and also use for the Easter Painting project I did with my girls this past weekend.

We are also promoting our fresh new Printable Classic Pastel Easter Collection ON SALE NOW through Easter!!!
For our loyal blog followers you can get our new Printable Classic Pastel Easter Collection for only $9.50 in the shop using exclusive code BUNNYHOP, now through Easter!
Download the digital printable files instantly upon purchase!

There are cute Easter tags from the Easter Bunny, included!  Be sure to check out the Easter styled shoot we featured using these printables here.

Anders Ruff Printable Easter Silhouette Template

– Free Easter Template (download above, printed and cut)
– Paint of your choice (we used acrylic paints)
– Paint brushes and trays for paint
– Canvases
– Yarn
– Hot glue & Glue Gun


1. First paint the background of the canvas in a light color – when using acrylics, you can add water to a little dab of paint and it brushes on like watercolors… very light – just what we want! 


2. Let canvases dry.  (We used a hair dryer to speed up the process)
3. Using the templates, trace them onto each canvas with a pencil – I let the girls place the silhouettes, and I traced for them.


4. Next, let the fun begin!!!  The great thing about acrylic paint is that you can paint over top of mistakes, or paint layers to get the color or look you want!  I let the girls paint the silhouettes, and then I helped them with some touch-ups in the mistake areas….   if they went outside of the silhouette line, I tweaked it for them (they asked me for help)!


I love that Brynne wanted to paint just the templates with an added detail of grass, and Grayce added an entire Easter scene….
Keep in mind that you can also add some color to the background if it is too light.  It is easier to touch-up the background at the end, then try to paint it entirely around the silhouettes.

5. Last, for the final touch – use hot glue to glue on yarn around the edges!  (Want to know how we made the yarn wrapped vases… click here!)




These free silhouettes can be used not only for painting, but creating coloring pages for markers or crayons… you could trace them onto a paper runner for your Easter Kids Table as well! Create some Easter art this weekend – your kids will love it!!! What will you do with these FREE EASTER SILHOUETTES?  We can’t wait to hear!!!

Don’t forget to check out our Full Collection of Printable Easter Designs in our new Classic Pastel Easter Collection.  See the full party that our contributor, Ellen Bessette, recently styled and shows how to use the printables.  Check it out here.

SALE!  For our loyal blog followers you can get our new Printable Classic Pastel Easter Collection for only $9.50 in the shop using exclusive code BUNNYHOP, now through Easter!  The Easter Peeps S’mores bag toppers are also available for $5.50 in the shop here.

A Precious Arts & Crafts Party

Even Picasso couldn’t have painted a more picture-perfect party for one art-loving little girl.  My daughter, Kaylee, has been begging for an arts & crafts birthday celebration for an entire year!  Some children are born with silver spoons in their mouths.  Kaylee was born with a paintbrush and crayons in her hands!

I turned to my go-to design girls of Anders Ruff, knowing they would design the perfect invitation and coordinating printable package for my pint-sized Picasso, and I was thrilled with the end product.  (I always am!)

Pictured here, wearing her made by morgan custom monogrammed birthday shirt is the resident artist–Kaylee!

Ten little friends were invited to come paint the town at Kaylee’s Art Studio in celebration of her 7th birthday!  What little girl doesn’t love crafting the day away?  After all, Picasso himself said,  “Every child is an artist.”  Maureen designed darling invitations & matching address labels.  We hand made envelopes from coordinating cardstock when we couldn’t find any in the right color for purchase.

{DIY Tip}:  Need to make a coordinating envelope?  Carefully take apart an old envelope in the size needed.  Use it as a template and trace around it onto the paper color of your choice.  (I stapled several sheets of cardstock together and only traced the pattern on the top sheet and cut them all out at once.)  Then use the template to help you create and score fold lines.  Use your favorite adhesive to finish assembling.

Darling ruffled art aprons were uniquely crafted by the talented Monica, of Sook Ee Designs.  Upon arrival, the girls each got to go find their aprons hanging from a cute clothespin display on the wall.  Each little apron had a coordinating personalized Anders Ruff hang tag attached for easy distribution.  The girls were giddy with delight, upon realizing they got to keep the aprons as a party favor!

Don’t they look so cute wearing their aprons?

Below each apron sat personalized art supply kits for every aspiring artist.  Each art kit included an unbelievably cute personalized sketch book, water colors, paint palette, darling printable wrapped crayon packs, art canvas and a fun little crayon shaped container of jelly beans.  Anders Ruff designed the crayon wraps and personalized sketch book covers at my request, as well as the cute little ‘thank you’ hang tag that hung from the handles of each basket.  The art supply kits served 2 purposes, acting as the supplies needed to complete some of the party activities and as a favor the girls got to take home with them.  {Money saving tip}:  We picked up the art kit supplies for Kaylee’s party last summer during back-to-school sales and just stored them until it was party time!


What’s an arts and crafts party without arts and crafts?  Thankfully, Kaylee’s guests will never know!  The party was full of fun activities that allowed each party-goer plenty of opportunities to be creative.

Four main arts & craft stations were set up for party guests to rotate through.  I had Anders Ruff design personalized station signs that marked each crafting area.   They were so helpful in dividing the group and keeping the proper supplies in each area.

Painting & Drawing:  The painting & drawing table was covered in a disposable pink table cloth and covered with a ‘runner’ comprised of a roll of coloring scenes. (You can find these in a variety of themes at Michaels!  They come in a long butcher-paper like roll that can be cut to any length.)  I set out supply buckets containing Crayola washable paints, tiny paintbrushes, water cups for cleaning paintbrushes  & colored pencils.  (Notice the cute coordinating Anders Ruff party flags, party logos & designer papers used to dress up the supplies?  Those are all part of the ‘Polka Dot Arts & Crafts Printable Package found here.)  Our little guests used their crayons to color the runner & draw in their sketch books. Those who weren’t drawing & coloring were painting! Paint was squeezed onto their round paint palettes and each girl created a masterpiece of her own on her art canvas.  We hung the finished artwork up to dry for all to admire from the same clothespin display that we had used earlier to hang the aprons.  The personalized hang tags that had previously been used to designate each girl’s apron, now served to mark each girl’s masterpiece.  (This helped so much at the end of the party when fellow moms were helping to distribute everyone’s masterpieces to go home!)  I loved how cute the clothespins looked with a coat of paint and a party logo attached.  Details make parties so much fun!

At the end of the party, the girls voted on their top 5 masterpieces and the winners went home with a chocolate art palette.  These were created from a candy mold, using white melting chocolates.  I then used candy dots from the famous Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC to create the paint splotches.  My clever husband figured out that by dabbing a tiny drop of water on the back of the candy dots helped them to adhere to the chocolate without coming loose!  These art ‘awards’ were packaged up in cellophane bags and ‘Edible Art’ treat toppers from Anders Ruff.

We also played the drawing game, “Pictionary” .  The girls had so much fun drawing and guessing pictures created with wipe off markers on little hand held white boards.

Paper Crafts & Jewelry Making:  As a child, I remember loving to play with and decorate paper dolls.  Jumbo cardboard paper dolls (purchased from Michaels) were set out for each of Kaylee’s guests to decorate.  Cute sticker eyes & eyelashes were available for the girls and made their dolls extra cute.  While one half of the table was busy designing & coloring their doll clothes, the other half was enjoying making necklaces and bracelets.  I bought a darling little American Doll jewelry making kit that contained all the supplies needed to put together jewelry kits for each of the girls.  I repackaged the kits for the girls & dressed them up with Anders Ruffart party logos.  The girls got to use the colorful beads and wood accents, along with some fun rub-ons to create a unique piece of jewelry to take home.

Starving Artist’s Dessert & Dining Tables:  All starving little artists need lots of sweet treats to keep the creativity flowing.  Both the dining and dessert table were created with a little girl’s art studio in mind and were overloaded with bright, colorful art-inspired treats.

I just loved the bright colors of the printable graphics package  and tried to capture the fun of the polka dots and stripes through my tabletop & background fabric choices & tablerunner (made by Vivian of Kerr Kreations).

The dining table centerpiece banner was made from the striped & polka dotted coordinating patterned papers from Anders Ruff’s printable package.  I simply fastened them to wood dowels using some green ribbon and anchored them in dolled-up paint cans, filled with paper shred.

Wooden art mannequins held paintbrushes and adorable fondant artist palettes made by the ever-so-talented Lynlee, of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes.

The place settings at each table were so fun and colorful.  By layering an aqua charger, hot pink plate & a white artist palette, several fun colors were mixed to draw in the eye.  Each place setting was topped off with a mini paint pail favor, adorned with a party logo & mini thank you hang tag.  A pop of color was added to each art palette with coordinating Sixlets candies and a decorative paintbrush.  Spray painted art easels held place-card holders for each guest.  Napkin rings were fashioned from strips of paint swatches in coordinating shades of blue & green.  Water bottles were dressed up with ‘creative juice’ wraps, ribbon and striped straws from one of my favorite party supply vendors, Hey Yo Yo.

The colorful dessert table was full of delicious eye & palate pleasing treats, masterfully created by some of the most talented dessert artists.

From the beautiful fondant work of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes seen on both the cupcakes and cake,  to the jaw dropping paintbrush and paint ball cake pops by Lil Cutie Pops to the stunning paint palette, party logo and paint tube cookies by JP Creatibles, our little artists had plenty to be excited about!

I wanted the dessert table to be filled with edible art tools for our little artists!  I achieved the look by using spray-painted wood art palettes, art supply buckets and paint pails at various levels to house and serve our treats.  In addition to the gourmet treats provided by the wonderful businesses above, I also served Rice Krispy paintbrushes & color coordinating gumballs and licorice in a variety of flavors.  Of course, the cake and cupcakes were a crowd pleaser as well!

My talented friend, Rebecca of Mi Vida Photography, captured the fun perfectly!


Event Styling: Jen Carver, Banner Events

Printable Graphic Designs:  Anders Ruff Custom Designs

Invitation here:

Party printables here:

Photography:  Mi Vida Photography by Rebecca Pierce

Custom Aprons:   SookEe Designs

Custom Sewing:  (table runners) Kerr Kreations

Custom Appliqué Shirt:  Made by Morgan

Cake Pops:  Lil Cutie Pops

Fondant Cake Toppers & Cupcake Toppers:  Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

Custom Cookies:  JP Creatibles

Striped Straws:  Hey Yo Yo

Supply Resources:

Michaels:  paint pails, coloring book butcher paper roll, jumbo paper dolls, American Girl Jewelry Kits, art easels, art canvas, wood art manequins

JoAnns:  paint brushes

Target:  art kit buckets & totes

Giveaway Winner: Hand Drawn Coloring Items from the Kat Green Store

December 16, 2011 by  
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Congratulations Cara S.!  You have won the following hand drawn coloring items from the Kat Green Store: Jumbo Coloring book for Girls, Buddy Pages, Princess Bookmarks, and Mini Coloring Book Party Favors.  Please contact me at [email protected] to claim your prize!

Thank you to Kat Green for sharing your amazing art and products with us and offering such a cute giveaway to one of our followers!

Giveaway: Hand Drawn Coloring Items from the Kat Green Store

December 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Giveaway

This weeks giveaway is so much fun and I know we all have some little girl in our life that would be over the moon to receive the coloring package that Kat Green has offered to one lucky follower.

Here is a description of this weeks giveaway package:

Jumbo Book for Girls: 90 pictures to color of fairies, princesses, and big sisters taking care of their baby brothers or sisters. 8.5″ x 11″, spiral bound
Buddy Pages:  Each half is 8.5″ x 11″ on 50 point cover stock. Together, the finished poster is 11″ x 17″.
Princess Bookmarks: 8 per 8.5″ by 11″ sheet of paper.
Mini Coloring Book Party Favors

This is what Kat Green has to say about her store: “I draw fairies and princesses for little girls to color. There are coloring books; buddy books (a buddy book is a set of posters that come in two sections, so you can color one and your buddy can color the other, then you join them to make a poster); downloadable free bookmarks; and mini-coloring book party favors. Soon to come will be paper dolls with updates, so you can collect dozens of gowns to color! Kat Green coloring books are printed on one side only of 60 point cover stock; and spiral bound, so they can be colored in the car or even in bed. Imaginative kids can use the backs to make their own drawings or write something about the pictures.

One of the favorite things we have heard from our customers is that one energetic little artist drew her own pictures on each of the backs, then made her very own coloring book of original drawings. She is only five years old! Another dad said his little 7 year old girl was coloring in her Jumbo Book for Girls when he came down to breakfast. She exclaimed, “I have just NEVER seen anything like this before.” That little artist holds a permanent place in our hearts!”

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