STEP BY STEP GUIDE: DIY PAINTED WALL CANVAS!

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Have you ever said or thought to yourself . . . “I can do that myself,”?  Yup.  Me too.   I used to be that person that would stare in awe at all of these beautiful pins on Pinterest, or find a piece of functional, yet cute home décor at some random store only to think to myself . . . “That seems so easy!  Why didn’t I think of that?!” 

Well if you have been “one of those people,” then you’re in the right place because the main purpose of this blog is to take you from imagining to actually doing!  I want to show you that it is ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE to style, manage, improve, and maintain your home YOURSELF! 

Who am I?  Learn more about me right here!  In a nutshell . . . I’m Lacey!  Helloooooo!  I have a tendency to get oh-so-overly-excited about shopping at Hobby Lobby or Target, chocolate, the thought of taking a nap and . . . OH YEAH, AND DIY PROJECTS!  Enough about me for now, but if you want to learn more about who I am, and what this is all about, then go here!

SO LET’S GET STARTED.

When I used to live in an apartment, I used to daydream about decorating our walls because they were so boring . . . and empty . . . and just well, white.  To protect my precious vision from these bare, nearly reflective walls, I would pin and envision how my future home would look.

WELL how about we fast-forward, yes?  So my husband and I bought a home 18 months ago, and 3 months after we closed, we welcomed our first baby into the world.  Now visualize with me for a second if you will . . . a newborn baby, a 6-week maternity leave, post-partum depression, and recovering from a c-section.   Before our kiddo was even born, I was considered a high-risk pregnancy due to some underlying issues, and the swelling was so AWFUL that I had to sit so much with my feet propped up!

See where I’m going with this?  Basically, our home’s walls have remained untouched, and that is going to change!

August is going to be dedicated to ALL-THINGS-WALL DÉCOR.  No longer will our walls be plain and lackluster!  Who’s with me!?

WALL DÉCOR: DIY PAINTED WALL CANVAS!

Okay, I know that I’m not alone when I see all of these beautiful and amazing art canvases, and need to talk myself down from the idea of skipping a mortgage payment to buy all of them.   Instead of diving into my wallet, I ask myself, “How can I make that myself?”

Canvases (and wooden boards) adorned with phrases, quotes, single words, or Bible verses are so popular now.  So what’s one way of claiming one of these for yourself?  Two words: SILHOUETTE CAMEO.

Now, I understand that Silhouette’s are pricey, and trust me, I’m certainly not immune to this either.  I was able to acquire mine because I was blessed with an amazing sister-in-law that no longer wanted hers, so she gave it to me! (LEIGH, YOU ARE DA BOMB.  LOVE YOU!)

Even if you don’t have a Silhouette, stay tuned for future Wall Series posts, where I will be showing you other methods for achieving your beautiful canvas art!

This DIY canvas wall art was achieved by using a Silhouette Cameo.  I wanted to kick-off my blog, and christen my newly decorated office (which will be revealed in a future post because the transformation is amazing!) so I chose my lovely new logo to make as my first piece of wall art!

Materials Needed

  • Canvas (any size that you choose)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Silhouette Cameo (or other cutting machine)
  • Picker (Or something to help you lift away pieces of vinyl)

1.        I set my document to match the measurements of my canvas so I knew the best size to make my design.  Then, I uploaded my logo to the Silhouette Design Studio. 

I set my document to equal the size of my canvas!

I set my document to equal the size of my canvas!

I added my custom logo, and stretched the image to have it fit my document better.

I added my custom logo, and stretched the image to have it fit my document better.

2.       Since this is a custom logo, I needed to choose the “Trace” option to outline my design.  I wanted to trace my entire image so I chose the "Trace," option.  There are other tracing options available if you prefer to only trace the outer edge of your design or if you wish to detach pieces of your design to trace.

The "Trace" option is a curved box with a green butterfly in the center.

The "Trace" option is a curved box with a green butterfly in the center.

Once I selected the "Trace," option, my logo became outlined in red, and the printer can now identify where to cut.

Once I selected the "Trace," option, my logo became outlined in red, and the printer can now identify where to cut.

3.      Next, I loaded my vinyl into the Silhouette Cameo, and set my cutting blade to 2. 

4.       Finally, I sent my design to the Silhouette Cameo to be cut out!

Time to print!

Time to print!

5.       Once my logo was cut into the vinyl, I knew that I wanted to use the outlined version of it for my canvas so that I could customize my canvas further by using my actual logo colors.  Depending on how long or large your design is, you may need to pull in an extra set of hands to help you with this, or if you’re able to, cut out your design by sections so that it is easier to apply to your canvas.  Now, I must caution you that if you choose to apply your design in sections that it may not line up as it did when you first cut it out, but if alignment doesn’t matter to you, then I say go for it!

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6.       I cut away a lot of the extra vinyl surrounding my logo so that I didn’t have extra material to contend with when trying to apply it to the canvas.

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7.       Next, I removed the outlined version of my logo from the original vinyl cut-out (with the help of husband), and carefully applied it to the canvas.  Now, don’t worry if it doesn’t lay right the first time.  Chances are that some pieces will get stuck to other pieces so I had to lift, and re-lift my vinyl off the canvas several times to get it to lay right and in the position that I wanted.

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8.       Depending on what words you choose, or your design, you may need to use your picker to pick up extra pieces from your original vinyl cut-out to finish your letters.  For example, for my letters ‘o’ and ‘a’, I needed to get the center pieces from the original vinyl cut-out and add them to my canvas so that my letters matched my logo.

9.       Firmly press down on your vinyl once it is adhered and in its final position on your canvas.

10.   Now, it’s time to paint!

11.   After you’ve finished painting, let it sit undisturbed for about 5-10 minutes so that the paint can set up well.  Acrylic paint dries very quickly!

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12.   Remove the vinyl piece(s) slowly, and carefully as to not accidentally mess up your work, or get paint in any unwanted areas on the canvas. 

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13.   Once the paint has completely dried, you may need to do some touching up around the edges of your words.  Use small amounts of paint to complete this.

14.   VOILA!  Your new artwork is ready to be hung!  Congrats on a job well done!  I think you’ve earned yourself some ice cream.

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Even if you don’t have a Silhouette, stay tuned for future Wall Series posts, where I will be showing you other methods for achieving your beautiful canvas art!

 

What is your favorite piece of wall art in your home?!