Canvas + Decoupage

If I could have made sewing another addend, this project would have been the embodiment of my crafting. Two out of three ain’t bad. <— Trying really hard not to break into song after that line but it is so hard to resist.

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This is me.

The story of my creative process on this one is:

1. Saw a Winnie the Poo meme on Facebook.

2. I liked the quote but the picture was ok.

3. Googled for a picture I liked better.

4. Tossed the picture into Photoshop, lightened the background, and added the text.

5. Hit print.

6. Found leftover paint for the canvas.

This is the image and text that came together for me

Cute, right? See how I lightened the background but kept the two characters dark so they pop a bit? Now I can do SIX things in photoshop. w00t.

I tore the edges of the paper before decoupaging. I was all random with the tearing — as random as the human mind will allow any person to do any task, that is. But that’s a different post for a different blog.

When working with a piece of paper this size, I prefer to work in sections. With my light switch plate, I covered the whole thing in glue. With this, I worked in strips.

After the first strip is painted on, I laid the edge of the paper on top — smoothing all wrinkles and bumps to the edges. While it was not time to decoupage over the entire piece, I did add glue to the very edge to help keep everything flat and in place.

Next, I held the unglued portion of the paper up and added another strip of glue on the canvas, right next to the already glued portion. Then, I smoothed it down — making sure bubbles and wrinkles made it to the edges.

I continued this until the entire paper was glued down. Then I added a layer of glue on the top. I let it dry and added a second layer. I did not seal this but a spray sealant wouldn’t be out of place.

It looked much better after the glue dried. I did some experimenting after it was dried with paint and such so it doesn’t look as pristine as it did when I first did it but still cute and I learned a bit in the process. I’m definitely going to make more with different themes for the kids’ rooms.

Daniél has an awesome tip for working on the edges of the paper:

“You just take an ink pad (like for stamps), and brush the edges with the ink pad at an angle. It adds a subtle bit of color, or can give it a little bit of an aged look. You can see the effect on this scrap book page I made.”

Between paper-to-canvas and fabric-to-canvas projects, we should buy stock in Mod Podge. Seriously.

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