Thursday, July 19, 2012

Canvas Art

   I've been itchin' to do some canvas art and ran across A Beautiful Mess's blog post that had just the inspiration I needed.  They show you how to do some cool wall art with vinyl letters.  I love how easy it is to do, how hard it is to mess up, and how artsy the end product looks!

   I ended up using a Bible verse that means a lot to Wil and I but you could do a cute quote, song lyrics, names, silhouettes, etc.  Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own canvas art:

You Will Need:
A Canvas of any size
Vinyl letters 
Scrapbook paper (this will be the background for the letters)
Mod Podge
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush or sponge

1. Cut the scrapbook paper to be the size of the canvas you are using.
2. Mod Podge the canvas, lay the scrapbook paper on the canvas and then Mod Podge over the scrapbook paper.  Wait for this to dry.
3.  Cut out the vinyl letters and place them on the canvas to make sure everything fits and looks right.  Once you're satisfied peel the letters off and stick them where you want them on the scrapbook paper.

4.  Paint over the whole canvas.  

(I used a "China Blue" over the whole canvas and then did little splotches of white here and there.  Then, my husband suggested I add some moss around the edges, so, I added some moss around the edges just for him:)  I splotched "foilage green" around the edges with a sponge brush for the mossy look.  Then I VERY lightly went over everything again with the "China Blue" to give it a faded look.)

5.  After everything dries peel the letters off.  The paint bled a little around the edges for me but I liked the way that looked.  If yours bled and you don't like how it looks then just chip it away with your fingernail or a knife.
6.  Mod Podge over the whole canvas again so that everything stays in tact and the paint won't come off if it gets wet.  Once that coat dries you are done!  Proudly display it in your home or give it as a sweet gift!

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