I am not sure what you call these canvas prints. But I am going to just call it "Places" because that's basically what it is. I first saw one at Debbie's house and thought how nice it was. Not only did it look good, but was fun to look at her favorite places!
Several years ago I would stencil (and so would Debbie) anything that I could get my hands on! A shower curtain, borders on walls, a coffee table ...you name it, we stenciled it! All those wonderful stencils ended up in a yard sale or maybe just given to someone. Debbie wasn't sure if she could find hers, so off to Hobby Lobby I went to find some of them ABC's!
Came home and thought how easy this would be...long story short...it was not. Couldn't get the letters straight. Even with help from a straight edge. Couldn't get the paint to not "bleed" under the stencil. Gave up after about 2 hours.
Another visit to Hobby Lobby and it was vinyl letters for me! Peel and stick, yes!
I painted the canvas a pale greenish blue (by mixing leftover paint from years ago) Stuck the letters on the then painted over with a creamy white color. It was fun...once it was over!
I'm not good with tutorials, but here are some pics that should help!
|Stenciling the letters didn't work for me at all!|
|These are the two colors of old craft paint I mixed on a paper plate|
|Took awhile, but I finally got all the letters on. Lucky for me they were vinyl.|
I had to reuse several of the letters! Seems like you just never get all the letters you need!
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|Then I very gently starting painting over the letters with a brush. I just used a creamy color.|
I was afraid the letters would peel off the canvas as I was painting. But none of them did!
|I let the top half of the paint dry, it was hot so only took about 20 minutes.|
Then I had to move a few of my letters down to the bottom of the canvas.
|I thought if I stared at it, it would dry faster!|
|The letters that are white, are the ones I moved. They peeled off and re-stuck without a problem|
|Peeling the letters off with my fingers.|
|Finally took Greg's advice and used a straight pin to "grab" the letters.|
Good idea Greg, but don't tell him I said so (i didn't listen to him til the very end!)
|Finished! Only messed up the 77 (our anniversary)|
And that was because I was tooooo impatient.