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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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  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.

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

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

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

  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!

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

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

  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!

  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!

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

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


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