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KikiNichole

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:12:26 PM
I see these on Pinterest all the time and I really like them...but I have no idea how to make it.

Has anyone here ever done something like this on a canvas? I'd love to try it.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:14:41 PM
nope, but how cute!

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:15:43 PM
Super cute, but that story creeps me out a bit.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:17:51 PM
I've never made one, but it looks like a canvas you could buy from Hobby Lobby or Michael's. Then you just paint it the background color of your choice, and stencil or freehand the quote.


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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:18:07 PM
Not that particular quotation (I hate the story... too creepy. But that's another rant for another time) but I have started work on the same kind of project with other (better ) quotes.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:19:29 PM
You can buy those letter stickers, place on the canvas, paint the whole thing and then remove the stickers.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:20:10 PM
My oldest daughter absolutely LOVED that book when she was little...though, I'll agree, it borders on bizarre. But out of it, spun that saying that I said to her every night before she went to bed...and still say it.

It also spawned a tradition with the other two children and they each have their own sayings.

I'd like to make each of them a canvas like this with their 'sayings' on them.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:21:22 PM
Paint the canvas and let it dry longer than suggested, then use stencils and paint for the quote.

Very simple to do and very cute when done!

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:21:29 PM
It seems like I saw a tutorial on lil blue boo's website. I'll try to find it.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:21:43 PM
GC, how are you doing yours?

I thought about the stickers...but I'm wondering how they get that more 'distressed' look to it?

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:22:12 PM
I think that idea is very sweet making a sayings canvas for each of them!

And I know people think the story is creepy, but don't take it literally. It's the idea. On my first Mother's Day, my MIL sent it to me for me and DS and I thought it was very sweet and I've loved it ever since. (Even though this will further derail Kristen's thread.)

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:25:01 PM
I have. I used a wood canvas, instead of regular canvas. the back looks like this. Light weight and easy to hang. And here is my finished project.




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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:25:17 PM
I've made one, but I did what AndiSunshine suggested. I wonder if you could use foam stamps to get the distressed look?

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:25:28 PM
This is the canvas one I saw: web page

This one is on wood but I would think you could do the same on a canvas: web page (you might want to distress it or something to make it look like the one you posted)

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:26:17 PM
If you go to this thread there is lots more info.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:28:25 PM
That's awesome, Edie...how did you do that?

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:29:04 PM
Oh, wait, just saw your second post. Thanks!

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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:41:12 PM
Okay, I checked out the directions...and I really AM crafting challenged.

I am going to Michael's today and think I will pick up a canvass and the spray paint. I have a Cricut that I really have no idea how to use, other than just the basics.

So, will I need to pick up the vinyl that goes with the Cricut? And in the first set of directions, where they laid it out on the computer...was that just on a regular word processing program...or was it something that goes along with the Cricut that I don't have?

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Posted: 10/7/2012 3:20:56 PM
Last year (2011) I asked my almost 12 yr. old grandson to tell me some words that described him and some things he liked to do.
I planned a layout of the words and phrases he gave me on the computer, and used it as a guideline for placement.
I painted a canvas cream (12 X 18 I think), and let it dry at least 24 hours. I had some adhesive letters in different fonts and sizes (maybe 4 or 5 types). When the base coat was thoroughly dry, I placed the adhesive letters according to my layout, went over them with the brayer, and let them on for a few hours before painting over them and the entire canvas with black paint (I used acrylic paint and a sponge brush; I might have been able to use spray paint as well, but I was too chicken to try). I let the paint dry for a few hours (I probably should have waited longer, but I was impatient), before removing the letter stickers. I had to touch-up a few letters, but it was OK. I gave it a coat of mod podge. I gave it to him on his 12th birthday.

I didn't take a photo of this project, but some of the things the layout included were things like:
- his initials & date of his 12th birthday
- descriptive words ( awesome, funny, weird)
- magician (I included this word because I considered him a magician, as his birth changed me into a grandmother)
- likes: Dad's chili, to play baseball, to watch football
- son, brother, friend
- A child of God

He has it hanging in his bedroom.

I looked at a lot of sites to get an idea of how things were done, and to determine what would work best with my abilities and my desired results. There are many different approaches, some more labor intensive than others. Maybe one of them will work best for you.
Some of the sites I looked at are:

- http://www.iheartmygluegun.com/2011/04/diy-subway-art.html

- http://gardenberger.blogspot.com/2011/08/z-gallerie-subway-art-knock-off.html

- http://tatertotsandjello.com/2010/08/subway-art-party.html

http://www.lilblueboo.com/2010/01/resolutions-subway-art-tutorial.html

Good luck

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Posted: 10/7/2012 3:55:43 PM
there are about a billion tutorials out there how to do this.

if you google diy subway art, you will find plenty. and there are tons of different ways to do this.

this particular one looks like they might have used foam stamps.

do you have a cricut? if so you can cut the letters that way.

if not, you can just print out your quote and transfer it to canvas. jenallyson had a tut on how to do this recently on her apothecary sign. i think her blog is project girl.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 3:57:32 PM
That looks like the words were STAMPED with some inexpensive Wal-Mart foam stamps after the canvas was painted...

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Posted: 10/7/2012 4:13:02 PM

That looks like the words were STAMPED with some inexpensive Wal-Mart foam stamps after the canvas was painted...
Doesn't have to be WM stamps. Did you all dispose of all your foam alpha stamps?

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Posted: 10/7/2012 4:21:44 PM
I made one last week for a baby gift and gave it along with the book.

I used a purchased canvas, Spray painted it blue, cut the letters and design with my Gazelle and weeded OUT the letters and elephants. I left the heart between the elephants in place. I used transfer tape to move it in sections to the canvas. Sprayed with 4 light coats, waited about 10 minutes between coats, then I pulled up the heart and used red acrylic paint to paint it red.

Left the whole thing overnight and the next morning pulled off all the vinyl.

I would have liked to distress it somehow but was too chicken to try.

ETA. the wine was for me LOL not part of the baby gift

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Posted: 10/7/2012 4:36:30 PM
I'm pretty sure the picture you posted used foam stamps and acrylic paints. I'm also pretty sure that I have that foam stamp set.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 4:50:27 PM
Thanks for sharing - great thread!

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Posted: 10/7/2012 6:32:55 PM
Distressing it is the best part! If it is wood, you just beat the $hit out of it.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 8:04:20 PM
How would you distress the canvass?

And if you used spray paint, what kind? I guess it's just trial and error.

I picked up a couple of canvasses today (I couldn't find the wood and luckily they came in two packs, so I have two chances to get this right, ). I'm still not sure how I'm going to do the lettering...if I'm going to try it with my Cricut or foam stamp them or what.


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Posted: 10/7/2012 8:11:19 PM
I did something similar with letter stickers.


Paint canvas color you want the letters to be in the end.

Let dry very well.

Place letters stickers on dry canvas.

Paint background color over the whole thing.

Before it is dry carefully peel letters up with tweezers.


I would work in sections for the last layer of paint.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 8:32:29 PM
Paint the canvas (gesso first if it is not a prepared canvas). Let the paint dry well. Used stencils and dry sponge, like dry brushing, paint for the letters to get the look you want.
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