Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Family Cross

Instead of displaying a Family Crest in your home, why not display a Family Cross?
I painted this canvas with a cross that holds the family initials for my friend, Kelli.
Her last name starts with an "M" so I put an M at the top of the cross.
Her children's names both start with "M" and her husband's name starts with "R".

Here's how you can create your own Family Cross...

Canvas- I like the stretched canvas with no staples on the side so the painting doesn't have to be framed.
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brushes

I started by sketching a whimsical shaped cross. You could sketch a cross with straight lines if you prefer.
I then started placing my letters.
I always put the letter for the last name at the top.

You have to play around with where the letters look best. In this case, both children's names started with an "M" so they looked better on the arms of the cross.
If there are more than 2 children, then you need to put the parents' names on the arms of the cross and the kids' initials going down the length of the cross. You'll see an example of this at the end of this post.

Once you have the letters how you like, start painting.
I used 3 different shades of turquoise for the letters and cross in this project.
I like to load my brush with more than one color at a time to get a blended effect.

I painted the letters with the lightest colors and added the darker turquoise for the background of the cross.

I added a dove to the center of the cross and then painted the background brown.

Once I had the background painted brown, I blended in a little of the turquoise.

Here's the finished product...

Here is a family cross I painted for another friend. I painted the cross smaller in the center of the canvas and added a line from a song to the canvas.
This family has 3 children so I put the parents' initials on the arms of the cross and added the children's initials down the length of the cross.

I would love to see if any of you try this!!! 
If you do, please post a picture on my Facebook Fan Page!


  1. Fantastic!! Love the colors and the shape.. wish I had one!!

  2. Gorgeous! I absolutely love it!

  3. this is very cool love the colors you chose and the design of the name is awesome come visit me at

  4. So pretty! I love it. Might have to sketch it a few times before it looked as cool as yours, but I am going to try this all the same ;) Would love to have you link this up with us tomorrow (Friday) We love all your ideas, and it makes us so happy when you share them!

  5. Gorgeous! I love this idea, but with only 1 child I think I'd have a big empty space. I might have to wait until we have more or leave space where I could add more initials.

  6. thanks for sharing this fab project! Can't wait to see what you have in store for next week! Have a lovely weekend!

  7. This is a great idea.


  8. Hi I'm a new follower from Petite Hermine's Linky Party.

    I love this artwork you did!! I especially love the quote in the bottom picture.

    For Love of Cupcakes

  9. these are beautifull.,, I would love to try this,, thanks for showing how you did it.. Ill definitely send you a pic when I get around to trying it.

  10. wow, I love that,,

  11. Thanks for linking up! Love the colors : )

  12. How neat. I really like the "Rock of Ages" one. Very creative!

  13. this is so fun, and a creative idea:) i love it
    thanks for linkin with "Tell me Tuesday"

  14. The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop became the coolest party on the block because of your participation. Thank you!


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