Wednesday, April 20, 2011

chevron canvas


I LOVE all these Chevron striped projects everyone's doing these days so, of course, I needed my own!
I made my own stripe pattern & printed a few out. The easiest way to get the pattern on the canvas (for me, anyway) was to line up the pattern where I wanted color, and put green painting tape along both edges. I wanted each line to be exactly the same size, so after I had one line taped off, I put another pattern down and started the next line. Sounds confusing, but with the picture it should help make a little more sense. I went over the tape with a credit card to seal around the edges.
Once the lines were all covered with tape, it was time to paint! I love this color (Calypso Sky). I ended up painting about 3 coats to get the coverage I wanted.

 I left it to dry for a couple hours, and actually got some house cleaning done! Go me!! I was getting so excited at how great it looked after peeling the tape off. It leaked a little around some of the edges, but overall I think it turned out pretty good!
 Next, I got out my vinyl. Believe it or not, this is the first project I'm using the Silhouette for... crazy, I know. I'm a newbie and still learning. I cut out some little birdies I designed, and adhered them to transfer tape (see tutorial here). Place vinyl on canvas and rub with your scraper (or fingernails, credit card, the possibilities are endless). Remove transfer tape.

...at least that's how I imagined it working. I'm guessing it's the texture of the canvas, but I couldn't get the vinyl to stick. So I improvised and did what I always do - covered it in a layer of Mod Podge!
I let it dry completely, then applied the vinyl. Not sure if it's an operator error or the vinyl, but for some reason the vinyl still wouldn't stick! Even peeling it off the transfer paper was pretty difficult. Once I finally got all the pieces off and stuck in place, they seemed to still be peeling up.
 So then I put another coat of Mod Podge on top of the entire thing and it seemed to help.
LOOOVE IT!!

Linking to these parties!

39 comments:

  1. Thanks Natalie! I love doing it!

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  2. Oh my!! This is BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE LOVE it!! ;)

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  3. I love the chevron pattern! So cute - this turned out great!

    ~Jessa
    www.jessajill.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks Sara & Jessa! Glad you stopped by!

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  5. It looks fabulous! I've been wanting to make some Chevron art lately... just haven't gotten around to it. Thanks so much for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party! :) I'll be featuring this tomorrow.
    PS- LOVE your blog name! My friends and family call me artsy fartsy all the time. lol

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  6. Thanks SO much, Allison!! I am so excited & flattered that you would feature my project!! :D
    Love your blog, too, you have so many great ideas!

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  7. Thank you so much Brandy & Katy!! Your comments mean a lot to me.

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  8. This is darling! What a creative idea and it turned out so sweet! I love the charming birds and pop of color! I host a FRiday party at my blog and would love for you to come by and share sometime! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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  9. Hey Miss Thing! This is SO super duper cute! I am loving the chevron stripes and may or may not try to paint them on curtains tomorrow-very scary! Ha Ha. You did awesome I love the blue and the birds, and how you figured out a way to make it work!

    kim
    www.kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com

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  10. Courtney - Thanks so much! I would love to be part of your party! Thanks for the invite!

    Kim - Thanks! I would love to see your chevron curtains when they're done! Be brave, I think that would be so cute!! I understand what you mean though, sometimes I have a mini panic attack before a new project! haha :)

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  11. I love this! You did a great job! I think that mod podge is the crafting equivalent of duct tape: if it's not staying put - use more mod podge! :P

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  12. Thank you Susan!

    Jill, thanks! I agree 100%, Mod Podge fixes everything!! :D

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  13. I love different paintings and love seeing how its done! I paint also. Come check it out! I am a new follower.
    dreaming-n-color.blogspot.com

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  14. Thanks for following, Deneen! Glad to have you! I love your new zebra monogram, so cute!!

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  15. LOVE THIS!!!!

    Cara

    http://miscellaneousme.wordpress.com

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  16. This is gorgeous! I love the color and the birds... I love everything about it! I am a new follower of your blog and I can't wait to catch up on everything I have missed! I would love for you to link this up to my Inspire-me Mondays Blog Party at Homemaker in Heels! Have a great week!
    http://www.homemakerinheels.com/2011/04/inspire-me-monday-week-1-is-here-come.html
    Blessings~
    Crysta

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  17. Thank you Cara! Glad you stopped by!

    Crystal, thanks! I will link up to your party today! Thanks for letting me know about it :)

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  18. I love anything chevron and this is no exception! Would love to have my own Silhouette one of these days!

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  19. This turned out so cute!! Love it!
    I would love for you to link up to my linky party @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  20. This is super cute - those birds are so adorable. I would love for you to link it to my Craftastic party:)

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  21. Hi I'm your newest follower! I love the way this came out! I may just copy you!! :-)

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  22. Chevron is all the rage right now! I luv the color with the silhouette birds! I share my love of painting over at my new blog
    tiarasandbowties.blogspot.com Stop by!
    I'm also sponsoring my first giveaway over at
    mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com
    Kim
    PS I've added myself as a follower!

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  23. I am obsessed with chevron and you just gave me a great idea for a shelf in my living room! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Gorgeous design. But I did not understand the vinyl image transfer tutorial at all. I have another image transfer technique that might interest you. Cute stuff!Image Transfer Coffee Gift Bag

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  26. Thank you so much again for stopping by and linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  27. Featured this today!

    http://www.wildflowersandwhimsy.com/2011/04/sew-crafty-saturday-features-x-2.html

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  28. I am in love with all the cute chevron projects out there and yours is no exception! I featured it on Hoo's got talent! Thanks for linking up to the party!

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  29. Pretty color, pretty design, pretty creative. Awesome!

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  30. Oh wow! Your canvas pieces would be awesome done up in a quilt!

    Awesome work!!

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  31. I love your project!! I just featured it on my blog! I'm a new follower!
    xoxo,Patty.
    wwww.mycraftspotlight.com

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  32. This is my new favorite blog!! I am now following you on Facebook and Pinterest and bookmarked your site! Thanks for sharing such awesome stuff!

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