Sunday, April 3, 2011

monogrammed canvas

I wanted to decorate more with the extra damask tissue paper I have, and I needed some artwork... so voila! I came up with a monogrammed canvas! It was so easy, and I love it!!

All you need is:
- tissue paper/regular paper/any kind of paper that you love the design of
- sponge brush
- acrylic paint
- Chip Decor letters (2 small, one large)
- Mod Podge, I used the matte version
- canvas (I bought a two pack, I have plans for another project!)

 I painted the letters, front and sides and let dry. I painted 2 coats. You could also Mod Podge paper on these instead if you want that look, be creative!

 While the letters were drying, I painted Mod Podge all over the canvas. I put it on pretty thick, so I would have time to adjust the paper before it dried. I was originally going for a smooth look, but it started crinkling and it would tear. So, I crinkled it all over and I like the "antique" look I was left with. If you have big air bubbles you can't get out, poke it with a pin and press the air out. Paint over the entire covered canvas again with Mod Podge, and let dry.
After letting the canvas dry, I decided to paint the edges. You can really do anything you want, I was debating painting it or lining it with ribbon. But since it was turning out a little aged anyway, I painted the edges with acrylic paint, and blotted around the front edge to give it that distressed look. I love it!!
 Then it was time to glue the letters on. It took a lot of measuring and adjusting, stepping back, adjusting and measuring some more. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so I probably overdid it a little. Anyway, once you have them lined up and ready, take a pencil and lightly trace around 2 of the corners of each letter (so you can put them back where they belong). Then I used Amazing Goop glue and dotted the back of each letter. You have a little time to adjust them once you place the letters on the canvas. Line them back up with the marks you made and press down lightly on the letters. I let my canvas sit overnight and it seems to have dried perfectly! You can set a book or something on top of the letters, but try not to get anything too heavy so it doesn't stretch the canvas in or make it tear. I was a little paranoid. :)
After it's dry, it's ready to hang!! I love that canvases don't need any hanging contraptions or anything. I always seem to put them on crooked... Anyway, here is the finished monogrammed canvas!!
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15 comments:

  1. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. Thanks for creating such a great blog that is overflowing with fab inspiration!! I love it.

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  2. This is an awesome idea! I do have to ask you how you get the "artsy fartsy" up inthe corner of your pictures...you likely have some fancy shmancy computer program that does that, huh?

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  3. More than happy to teach you, Amber! VERY easy :)

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  4. I love this idea Lindsay!
    thanks for the tut...and making it look so 'do-able'!!

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  5. Hi! I love this idea, and I plan on doing this for above our headboard in our bedroom. I will send you a link to my interpretation of your project when I am finished. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. Thanks Nancy! I would love to see what you come up with!

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  7. this is beautiful! I want to make one now!

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  8. I LOVE this! What a great idea! It turned out beautiful! I'm so glad you linked this up at Week 1 of Inspire Me Monday at Homemaker in Heels! :) Have a great day!
    Crysta
    www.homemakerinheels.com

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  9. What a great idea! I've been trying to think of the best way to do a monogrammed canvas without too much handpainting, and I love this. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  10. Love the fabric choice and the idea in general! I am adding this one to my to-dos!

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  11. Wow, this turned really cute!!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} as well!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  12. What size canvas?

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