[arty Sunday project]
I’m a little obsessed with Pinterest, and I always intend to make the things I pin, but usually don’t get around to it…until now! I have no art in my apartment, other than an impressionist-style painting of my first cat, Mr. Bojangles, which a friend made for me, so when I saw the DIY quotes on canvas, I knew I’d found my project! The amazing tutorial is here, but here’s a quick rundown, including some areas where you can LFMF*.
- - Acrylic (or spray) paint
- - Paintbrushes (we used the ones with the foam tips, as opposed to the bristle brushes)
- - Canvas
- - Vinyl letters (the ones in the photos below are 2″) (available at Michael’s, Walmart, and Target)
- - Old magazines, sheet music, books, etc.
- - Mod Podge (I’d also suggest a glue stick)
- - Some good quotes/your imagination!
1. Adhere the paper (or you could leave the canvas blank!) to the canvas. We used Mod Podge, but found it made the papers really soggy and caused the vinyl letters to rip the paper as they were lifted off. I’d suggest something drier (confession: I typed “dryer” and “drier” about 10 times before settling on “drier.” The word I’m going for is the one that means “less dry”) such as a glue stick or spray adhesive. For the “High Heels High Hopes” canvas, I used some sheet music. You may recognize it as Chopin’s Waltz in C# Minor. I love that piece! For the other one, I pulled a bunch of different pages with pinks and purples out of old magazines and stuck them together haphazardly.
2. Carefully (!) place the letters in the desired location. It helps to cut out the letters beforehand and try different layouts. However, if you’re impatient like me, you’ll just go with it. This is also the step where I cursed the “two ‘H’ per package” decision of the manufacturers of the letters, as well as the general floppiness of the ‘S’.
3. Paint the entire canvas with your chosen color. Do NOT get overzealous like I did and start haphazardly swirling the paintbrush all over the place, as it might (a) disrupt the papers you’ve so painstakingly glued, or (b) displace the vinyl letters. Start with a thin coat, and build from there. Let dry. (Perhaps while you enjoy some wine at the hot tub?)
4. Once the paint has tried, carefully peel off the vinyl letters. A little bit of bleeding is ok; it doesn’t have to be perfect!
5a. Touch up any spots with the paint. The “over dress” canvas was victim to a lot of tearing once I pulled the vinyl letters off (we think it was due to the wetness of the Mod Podge/magazine combo) so I separated the ‘D’ and ‘R’ with some gray paint.
5b. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire thing. Let dry.
6. Treat yo’ self! You made art!
*learn from my fail.