Quatrefoil Canvas

I decided my living room needed a little extra decoration, so I of course turned to one of my favorite things: canvas! I love painting & creating something that looks nice without spending a ton of money. Plus canvas is easier to hang, in my opinion :)

So, here's my latest creation! I love it!! I couldn't make just one...


Here's how I made these beauties:

I started with 2 canvases, a couple sponge brushes & Violet Pansy acrylic paint

This is the canvas with one coat of paint. It turned out kind of streaked, but I like the look.
I added 2 more coats to get the darker purple color I was looking for.
Make sure to let each coat dry before painting a new one.

Next, I used Metallic Pearl White paint and painted a light coat over the purple

I wanted the lines of the stencil to be a lighter color with some texture & shine.
I think it turned out perfectly!

I created my own pattern to fit the canvas, printed it out to fit a stencil blank.
You could also use a pre-cut stencil if you find a pattern you like.

Use your Xacto knife and carefully cut along your lines.
Mine weren't perfect, but I did the best I could.

Pop out the centers & admire your work! Trim any parts that need trimming.

Lay your stencil down & secure the edges with painter's tape. I used foam spouncers to paint the canvas over the stencil. Dip the spouncer in paint, and blot out the excess. Too much paint will leak under the stencil & create more work for you to fix later. Dab the canvas over stencil in an up & down motion - going at angles around the edges can cause leaks. They won't all be perfect, but the mistakes are fixable. I painted each shape with 2 coats of purple paint.

For edges that leaked or look rough, go back with a small amount of the metallic paint and fix them with a small brush & a little water if needed. Try not to use too much or the paint looks white & will stand out. Going back over the purple mistakes with the silver made it blend right into the background.

Hang up the canvases, stand back, re-fix the canvas positioning since it's crooked & admire your work!

I love how the metallic paint makes it look different the way the sun hits it throughout the day!

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52 comments:

  1. So freaking cute! Your stuff is always adorable!

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  2. I absolutely love it! It makes me want to switch from my greens and grays over to purple! Will definitely have to try my hand at this one! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  3. SPECTACULAR...absolutely positively SPECTACULAR!!! WOW!!!

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  4. I'm hopping over from Planet W. What a great idea, I'm totally impressed with what you can do with an xacto knife. I'm glad you suggested a pre-cut stencil, cutting the stencil is a little intimidating for me. Thanks!

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  5. These turned out awesome! Love the colors you chose! Great idea on how to make your own stencil!

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  6. Really neat~ love the pattern and love the bling they have~ well done! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday this week! :)

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  7. Really clever idea! The metallic paint is a pleasant surprise as I did not notice it in the thumbnail at Jembellish. Great tutorial! I'm going to "pinterest" one of your pics to save as inspiration.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Rikka J.
    ricochethandbags@hotmail.com

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  8. Very pretty canvases! They look great with the 'words' on your wall!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  9. These are really stylish and creative. Lovely :)

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  10. These are wonderful!! I like the metallic undercoat as well! So creative! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  11. I really like these! The lines are so crisp - it looks perfect! I love the pattern.

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  12. This is a really cute idea, I love them!

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  13. love these! i have two blank canvases waiting to be used! great idea!
    http://homesandbabies.blogspot.com i did a similar one w/ fleur de lys and it looks terrible... i should have layered like you!

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  14. This has given me a wonderful Idea for a headboard for when I am able to makeover my master bedroom :) And at least 5 other things that I want to try LOL.
    I'm very new to the world of blogging and would love some feedback from you if you have the time. My blog is http://findingmywayintexas.blogspot.com and my email is jenniferferriss@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  15. Wow! Never thought about making my own stencil! This quartrefoil is my new favorite design, too. I am in the middle of redoing my living room- maybe now I can put my favorite shape in the room now! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. It looks great. Love the design! Stop on by my blog and become a follower when you get a chance.

    www.alivedinhome.blogspot.com

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  17. I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)

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  18. OMG so cool! I love your canvas boards. They ROCK!

    Dee

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  19. This looks amazing! Thanks so much for linking up to Tutorial Tuesday at Newlyweds on a Budget!! Quick question-how did you print out the stencil to be big enough to fit your canvas? I'm trying to make a sign using a 16x20 canvas but without a cricut or sillhoutte I'm at a lost on how to make a stencil using only freezer paper. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Kari
    Newlyweds on a Budget
    www.morganandkari.com

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  20. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - - I featured you today! - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  21. I LOVE this! So fun and the metallic paint is just perfect! Did you literally make the graphic quatrefoil you printed out and turned into a stencil? Or did you find it somewhere? Basically, where can I get my own?!

    Loving your blog too - I'm your newest follower! : )

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  22. Wow...I LOVE this. The design is one of my favorites. It has a Moroccan vibe to it. Great job!

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  23. Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring your idea on my blog on Saturday!

    http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

    Thanks!
    Sumo:)

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  24. Looks great! I'm visiting from My Junk Drawer! I'd love for you to share this with my {re}create into something new blog party too at http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/07/recreate-into-something-new-3.html

    Hope to see you at my place soon!
    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife
    http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

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  25. Very creative....looks great on your wall - Classy!
    I'm stopping by from Shah's Weekend Creative Blog Hop.
    Laurie
    Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

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  26. Thanks for linking up to my party!
    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife
    http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

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  27. Wow - this is beautiful and would cost a packet from a shop no doubt. Chuffed you linked up at my blog hop. Shah.x

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  28. What a great idea! I love canvases, too, but never really sure what to do with them. I really enjoyed the colors, too. I'm a new follower from Your Whims Wednesday. Please come by my blog, if you get a chance. I have a bloghop going on right now.

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  29. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! You are so stinkin' creative!!! :) I am pinning this to try and make later! Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We are so grateful for your support and we hope that you will be back tomorrow to share more great ideas!
    Camille @
    SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

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  30. Oh thanks for linking up. ;D xx Shah xx

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  31. Beautiful!!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!! I would love it if you joined me again tomorrow! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  32. Hi,

    I found you from The Weekend Creation Blog Hop. Your graphic on there caught my eye. I like the color and the pattern you chose. That pattern would make a great tabletop screen or bulletin board for a teenage girl's room as well.

    Hope to see you stop by my blog. I am a writer. My blog is dedicated to writing and books. I also feature a lot of my own photography. I am an artist as well. I scrap, do watercolor, and a variety of other things.

    -Nora
    http://norabpeevy.blogspot.com/

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  33. It looks awesome! Thanks for linking up to Sew Crafty Saturday ! Can't wait to see what you come up with next week!

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  34. Love it even more now that I see the metallic detail! Super cool. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

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  35. This is just BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for linking up!

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  36. Love love this.!! The stencil is a great idea. I tried using your idea without the stencl and made cut out of the pieces. Then I tried to glue them on canvas. Problem was , they curled up and would not lay flat. What am I doing wrong? I used decopage glue and gel meduim and neither one would glue them down, they just came right off. What shoud I use to attach them to my canvas. I just thought if each quatefoil piece would be stunning cut out of different color of paper. Actually i am using leftover wallpaper . thanks for any information you can give me and please keep up the fabulous work with your creations. Many hugs, Vicki E- Mail vickirearley@yahoo.com.

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  37. I love this!! I found your blog from The Crafty Scientist. Would you be able to email me the quatrefoil stencil? I'm a Phi Mu and am working on a quatrefoil paint chip canvas. Thanks!

    liveitout516@aol.com

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  38. This is perfect for what I have planned for my hallway. Any chance you would email the template?

    kimdavidson07@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  39. My daughter wants to do her bedroom walls in this quatrefoil. Can you please
    email the template?
    Thanks so much for sharing:)
    gingerr@progressivetel.com

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  40. I love this so much! I wish I had a template to do this with. You're so creative!

    -Tiffany
    lifeofalostmuse.blogspot.com
    fashionintheforest@gmail.com

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  41. Can you send or post the template

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  42. Can you please share your template

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  43. You know I LOOOOOOOOOVE this project and the template and can't get enough! I'm linking to it again on my blog by featuring it in my roundup of crafty quatrefoil projects here. Feel free to check it out and hope you like it!

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  44. I would love the template! Would you mind emailing it to me? I want to do something similar for my daughters bedroom. Maybe on material and than upholster her headboard? :)

    michelle_kulr8@yahoo.com

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  45. I would love the template! Anyway you would mind sharing? I want to use for my daughter's bedroom. I'm thinking using it on fabric and upholstering her headboard :)

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  46. Hi! I actually found your blog through pinterest. I love your quatrefoil canvas. It is beautiful. If you are willing to share, I would love a copy of the stencil. Thank you for all of your great ideas!!!

    Liz
    56.lheskett@nhamail.com

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