Making canvas art is easier than I originally thought. Well, that is depending on what you want to create, of course.
Since the birth of our new baby, I wanted to create some fun DIY decorations for his room. I had intended to create a burlap sign and maybe a few other pieces. But on a trip to Hobby Lobby I found canvas that were two for one specials so I decided to ditch the burlap and go with the canvas instead. The canvas were $3.99 for a pair. So I got a pair of 8 x 10 and another of 10 x 13, I believe it was.
As you can see, mulit-surface acrylic paint is becoming my friend. The yellow I bought from Hobby Lobby and the others from Target. The paint brushes are also from Hobby Lobby. I went ahead a got a bag of different sizes of brushes. The “B” and the other letters shown below are also from Target. Who knew Target had a line of art supplies like these? Is this a recent something or have I being missing it all this time?
Anyway, below I will show you the letters I have done for each of our kids. They represent the beginning of each child’s name.
Note: I must add that I did not capture photos of just one particular letter all the way through from beginning to end. I was busily creating them between the baby’s nap. So there were times when I did not have time to take photos. Also, some of the photos may be a little dark because I was working on these at nights, too.
OK. So here I have the letter B for our second daughter. And some pink multi-surface acrylic paint. I used a 1″ paint brush for this project.
Then I gave the B and all the other letters about 2 coats of paint. This paint dries fast. You may notice I have other paint colors shown here, too. That is because I was working on painting the canvases, too. The bottles of paint are small (only 2 fl oz) but they could paint quite a few letters and canvases.
When I was done painting the letters I worked on painting the canvases. I chose to use the smaller size (8 x 10) for this art. They came in white already primed. So about two coats of paint and they were done. This one is blue for the girls against the pink letters. I did a yellow for the baby boy against a blue letter.
So now to make the art (decor) I used photo frames I found from Ikea. The frames are supposed to fit the size of printing paper. I had intended to use them for our kids art work but used it for this instead. I had bought a framed canvas piece of art from Target and love it. Hence my inspiration to frame the canvases. Then I used craft glue to bring it all together.
Add glue to the back of the letter.
Then carefully center it on the canvas and glue it in place.
Now add glue to the back of the canvas.
Carefully, place it on the mirror of the photo frame. Let it dry.
Note: Because the frames are a little bigger than the 8 x 10 canvases, there was tiny space both top on bottom between the canvas. It still looked great.
Here are the other other ones I did. I purposefully did not frame the ampersand sign because of the way I wanted it to look on the walls in the girls room. It is supposed to read S & B.
So all it all, I think it was a successful project. I have also created a few other projects with canvases since and I have been learning different ways to use them.
What do you think of these framed canvas letters? Were they simple enough? I think so! I would love to know your thoughts in the comments.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:27, KJV).