I'm just going to come out and say it. I'm obsessed with the Pinterest DIY/Craft boards. Last summer I tried to replicate at least four pins that I found there involving canvases. All failed miserably. Probably because I rushed them too much and wanted instant gratification with results. Well, I needed something to do with the leftover canvases from all those projects; This is what I came up with!
I mod podged newspaper onto the old canvases, and it covered up the leftover spray paint and acrylic paint very well. Also, mod podging is far more at my level of expertise!!
Since I am incredibly cheap (or value-oriented as my mom would say) I refused to buy stencils for the canvases so I made my own with printer paper!
Here they are close up! Yes the hanging is a little crooked, but you can't tell from far away so it'll do!
You will need
- Four canvases (8x10" I think)
- Mod Podge
- Little Paintbrush
- Printer Paper
- Acrylic paint
- Foam tipped stenciling brush
- Wall hangers
- Clear coat spray paint
- I used old canvases from failed Pinterest attempts. My canvases were either heavily spray painted or had leftover paint from other projects. But it doesn't matter for mod podge!!
- Mod podge recipe - All I did was combine 1:1 water:Elmer's glue in a mason jar and shook it up - voila!!
- Then I ripped my newspapers up into small strips and put a coat of mod podge onto each canvas.
- One by one I mod podged strips of newspaper onto each canvas in different directions to make them look more random. I tried to have a little bit of newspaper sticking off the edges so that I could deal with the edges later.
- Let them all dry for a night!
- The Next day I flipped them all over and put a coat of mod podge onto all the edges and part of the back of the canvas (where the actual canvas is stapled to the wooden frame). Then I mod podged the overhangs onto the edges onto the back of the canvases. If there were any spaces left on the edges I just added in another strip of newspaper to fill them in.
- Let them dry for a night!
- Finally I checked once more for any spaces I might have left behind, after fixing those I was done!!
- As I said, I am WAY too cheap to buy my own stencils. Instead I wrote the word "LOVE" in a word document on size 60 font or something ridiculous and printed the letters out one on each page. I also printed out a little rose stencil that I found on Google images for two of the letters.
- I cut the letters and the rose out of the pages using a razor blade.
- For the letters, I lined them up on each canvas and outlined them with a pencil to make sure they were in the places that I wanted them on each canvas. I'm sure there is a more scientific method, but I like the eye-balling method!
- Next I painted the roses onto the L and the V. The paint I used was a pink from the Americana brand. I used the paper cutouts just like regular stencils with the foam tipped stenciling brush you can get for ~$2.00 at the craft store (seen here). The paint ran a little underneath the flimsy printer paper stencil, but I'm okay with that because I wanted a more rustic feel.
- I let the roses dry overnight and the next day I stenciled the letters on the same way in brown (also Americana brand)
- My boyfriend told me that the canvasses would look better if they had a sheen. He was right!
- I used the triple-thick crystal clear glaze from Krylon (seen here - got it at Michael's) and did a quick coat over each canvas.
- Let this dry overnight!!
- I got some simple picture hangers from Lowe's and pounded them into the back of each canvas. Again, I used the eyeball method because I couldn't find the ruler...
- Then the boyfriend did the dirty work of hanging the canvases on the wall so that they would look nice - because I am FAR too impatient for that! We used only the nails from the little picture hanging hook things because the hooks looked ugly.
Here's a shot of the hangers I used:
Lastly, a close up of the L and V with the rose stencils. Not too shabby!
That's all!! Hope you enjoyed this post even without the pictures! I was just so excited about this project that I kept forgetting to take them!!