Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Our Home Canvas

I mentioned we've moved recently, so I have lots of projects in mind and a clean slate to work with. That's both a good and bad thing-- I have far more ideas or inspiration I've found than time to complete what I want. Typical first world problem, I know.
I'm currently working on a family gallery wall in our upstairs hallway. I had a gallery wall of sorts in our old house, but I'm sprucing it up a little here at the new house. Today I'm sharing a fun project I've completed for the wall. Leading off our home subway art/frame, I made this:

Initially I was going to add only the 3200 (it would've been bigger), but decided it needed a little more than that. Want to make one too? Here's how:


Artist canvas

Acrylic paint

Scrapbook paper

Vinyl or stencil

Foam brush

Mounting squares/glue dots

Baker's twine


Start with your canvas(mine is 9x12 from Hobby Lobby) and paint it to fit your color scheme, or leave it white if that works for you. I wanted a cream/off-white rather than stark white. I used Vintage White by folk Art and applied with a foam brush.
While your canvas is drying, cut 'our home' on vinyl with your cutting machine. I used this as a reverse stencil (weed out the letters rather than the negative vinyl as you normally would). Since we're using this as a stencil, the color of the vinyl doesn't matter, which is why scrap pieces are perfect for this.
I find that weeding (peeling away) the negative vinyl is a little trickier, so go slowly. If you don't have a cutting machine or scrap pieces of vinyl, you can definitely use a stencil or even scrapbook paper or stickers. I wanted the 'our home' and '3200' to have different dimension and textures. Next, place the vinyl stencil on your canvas and paint the color of your choice. I used Licorice by folk Art.
If you want a somewhat rustic look, paint a little outside the lines like I did. Though, I went a little overboard on the 'e'. If not, use a smaller foam brush or a mini paint brush. While this is drying, cut your numbers and add to the canvas. I used mounting squares for a 3-D affect on my numbers but glue dots would work as well. While at Hobby Lobby buying the canvas for this project, I ran across black & white baker's twine and am happy I decided to pick it up. I really think it adds the perfect finishing touch to "Our Home".
This project is a great addition to our family gallery wall! You should make one for your home too, it's cute, easy and inexpensive. My favorite kind of projects. :)