Fabric & Fine Art DIY: Sweet As Honey

Fabric & Fine Art DIY: Sweet As Honey Design on Beautiful Hello Blog

This post makes my heart happy on so many levels  One: Bonnie Forkner of Going Home To Roost has created the MOST charming and beautiful new line of fabric, Sweet As Honey, and, Two: we get to paint-by-number (and it looks totally legit and, yes, it is still so much fun!)

You know that bare wall in your home?  You know the one…  it needs something lovely and meaningful: a little pop of color and a dash of fine art charm.  And there is nothing more wonderful than creating something with your own hands.  So, let’s do both!  …and lets make it easy.

The beautiful thing about this DIY is that you really don’t need a lot of artistic skill.  Bonnie has designed such lovely fabrics they are like fine art on their own!  We are just adding texture and depth with a few well placed brush strokes.  Super simple.

Fabric & Fine Art DIY: Sweet As Honey Design on Beautiful Hello Blog


– Sweet As Honey fabric (or another design of your choosing – larger patterns work well, as does a variety of color)
– basic stretched canvas (I used 8×10)
– stapes
– acrylic medium (seals fabric and dries totally clear)
– paint (I used oil, you could use acrylic as well)
– brushes


1: format the fabric on the canvas – pay attention to the composition

2: stapes, stretch, staple, stretch.  Work top to bottom, side to side. Apply a little strong glue when needed.

3: seal with acrylic medium and allow it to dry.

4: Paint!  Add texture and don’t worry about covering the entire canvas.  Think of the paint more as a highlight or focal point.  You are essentially “painting by number” so mix your colors carefully!

5: Enjoy forever!

And while you’re at it, check out these other amazing DIY ideas in this blog-hop featuring Sweet As Honey fabric, including this beautiful quilted pillow by Golden Willow Quilts.
Tomorrow my girl Melissa of Lulu the Baker will be sharing her own Sweet As Honey DIY!

Fabric & Fine Art DIY: Sweet As Honey Design on Beautiful Hello Blog

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Emily Jeffords

Most days you can find me, in the studio with my little girls, speckled in oil paint (drinking too much coffee), creating artwork for collectors around the world and collaborating with select brands. Check out my artwork on EmilyJeffords.com


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