At this time of year when our thoughts turn to New Year’s Resolutions, Goal Setting and planning practical things, It’s nice to drift off in our thoughts and dream about what the future may hold for us.
This Canvas wall art reminds me to to just that. Just dream…..
How I Did It
- I up-cycled an old canvas I already had by painting over it in white paint – it took a few coats to cover up the red & yellow abstract design already on it. Sorry, there’s no before pic (it was truly awful, I don’t know what I was thinking when I did it) and I’m trying to cut down on visual pollution 😉
- I cut the stencil in Vinyl with my Cameo and positioned it on the canvas. I used Painter’s tape but I think transfer paper would have been easier as the design is big (about 30cm/12inches across.) I cut out 4 tiny squares which I used to line up the design on the canvas. You can delete these if you don’t need them.
- Once the stencil was in position, I carefully removed the painter’s tape and weeded the vinyl. The letters were a bit on the thin side and kept lifting, but I was persistent and kept pushing them back down.
- I masked off the rest of the canvas with paper and spray painted through the open area of the stencil.
Nearly a Craft fail
The process sounds simple enough but my vinyl lifted as I was spraying and I had a fine mist of colour seep into places where it wasn’t supposed to be! As you can see below it looks pretty rough and I very nearly abandoned the project. I’m unsure of the solution, but if I try this again, I’ll use contact instead of vinyl for the stencil – it may stick to the canvas better.
When it was dry I used small artist paint brushes and the white base coat to cover the over-spray and touch up where needed. The results aren’t perfect, but now that the Canvas is on the wall, it’s not noticeable and looks pretty good. Saved!
Don’t want to stencil a canvas? You could resize the design however small you like, Fill with any colour and turn it into a print and cut project use on a Card or make a Gift Tag. Or print out and pop in a frame (Similar to my “Merry & Bright” Design )
I added the little square cut outs on the file to help me line things up.Delete them if you don’t need them.
Here’s the Dream File suitable for V3 of Silhouette Studio (My stencil cut with this version)
Here’s the Dream File suitable for V2 of Silhouette Studio (untested)
No cutting Machine? – here’s a free Printable JPEG instead, which will print out nicely on 10 x 15 cm (or 4 x 6inch) glossy photo paper, This is what I used in my frame, pictured above.