I needed to take a creative break from work and rediscovered floorcloths. I started making them about 20 years ago and love them. They are fairly easy to do and surprisingly versatile. I get a roll of 12 or 14 oz primed cotton canvas and cut out pieces, usually for table runners, pet bowl mats or door/kitchen sink/shoe mats.
I paint with acrylic, often using characters from my stories. Then a coat or two of varnish and outline with a sharpie and another coat of varnish. Here’s one for my cats’ bowls:
And my front door WELCOME mat:
I put some plastic, grippy carpet stuff under the mats so they stay in place and feel a little cushy under your feet. AND…you clean them with your favorite spray cleaner. Easy. Once I finish the elephants and the cats in the second picture, I’ll do a #giveaway on Twitter to celebrate :))
I was experimenting with different coloring techniques on a black and white photocopy printed on Staples’ best card stock. The cats were done in watercolor and sharpie. Then I added some rubber stamping and sharpie pointillism for a different background, plus details and cat colors in metallic gel pens. If you’d like to try, here’s a pdf of the design: