Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Canvas Art

I was meandering around pinterest one day and to my luck, I ran across Brassy Apple Blog.  What a creative lady!  I found this tutorial on canvas art and thought that is was a fantastic idea, that I needed to try.

So I did, with my favorite mantra EVERYONE DIES. NOT EVERYONE LIVES.  When I originally did this, I used a straight canvas, not a fabric covered canvas.  Here is my tutorial on canvas art using contact paper and an exacto knife.

What you'll need:

  • Canvas
  • Fabric
  • Glue (I used extreme glue stick)
  • exacto knife
  • contact paper 
  • spray paint

First pick your canvas size, I used 16x20 for this project.

Then you'll need to pick out a fabric pattern.  I used this pink floral design from a 2 yd/pack at walmart.  I can make FOUR 16x20 canvas' with 1 yard of fabric.  Before securing your fabric, make sure you press it, or you may have fold lines.

Turn your canvas over  onto the wrong side of your fabric and use a staple gun to secure the fabric to the canvas.

Brassy Apple suggests using a cricut machine, but I don't have one, so I just printed a type from Illustrator, glued it onto contact paper, then cut it out with an exacto knife.  Be sure to glue your letters onto the RIGHT side of the contact paper, or your letters will be backwards when you stick them onto the canvas/fabric.

After you cut your letter out of the contact paper (this will take a while, you'll need to go pretty slowly to accurately cut the letters), place them on the canvas where you want them, then peel the backing off each letter and stick it to your canvas.


Use a bottle of spray paint to paint over the letters and canvas.  You may need two coats of paint.

After a few coats of paint, my fabric pattern was still showing through.  So here is a GREAT TIP to take with you.  USE DARK PAINT, I thought the burgundy would be dark enough, but, is not.

Viola!  Not what I expected, but still pretty cool, and I think my mom is gonna LOVE IT!  

I added a black outline around all the letters, so they stand out a bit more:

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