Mod Podge Canvas Art

Posted by on September 1, 2011 in crafty, projects | 83 comments

So, I was inspired by this canvas art from Crap I’ve Made posted at Tatertots & Jello…I knew I loved it the moment I saw it.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to make my own version without using magazines, because well, we don’t get magazines here at our house in Mexico.

But I do have an abundance of scrapbooking paper scraps (because I save them all), so I decided to try to use the same technique with different supplies.

I pulled out all of my scraps and started tearing them into smaller pieces.


I had my 2-year-old help me with mod podging them onto the canvas. My technique was more of a organized randomness and his technique was just gluing things like crazy. His side actually ended up looking better than mine. (I tend to overthink things like this)


My original goal was to make a Welcome sign, so I cut the word “Welcome” out on my Silhouette SD and traced it onto the canvas using pencil. Then began the tedious part – painting white around the traced words. I painted and painted and painted. Four coats later, the color was mostly covered, but I hated the way the word welcome looked.

First, it was crooked. Second, it just didn’t stand out enough.

LESSON LEARNED: Use a much more simple shape, like the bird on the branch of my inspiration. Don’t get too complicated.

Luckily, this is a project that you can easily fix. I just took more paper and covered up the welcome to start over. My husband suggested doing something for the kitchen like a coffee cup or some kitchen utensils and I loved the idea. He’s brilliant, sometimes.

So, I found a coffee cup image with some cute heart-shaped steam and cut it out on the Silhouette. This was much easier to trace than the welcome and much easier to paint around. It took about 3 coats of white to mostly cover the scrapbooking paper and voila:



I love it – it’s fits us, because, well, we love coffee. And living in Mexico, we have some darn good coffee, so it’s perfect.

linked up at Todays Creative Blog


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  3. i love this method!! did it with my little guy too! thanks for the inspiration. i will be posting about this on dec 1. i’ve included 2 text links back to you. let me know if this isn’t okay!

  4. Great tutorial! i love it very much. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi, Paige! Congratulations on being our TSWL’s Finest for the month of September! I will send you your own personalized button soon!

  6. Hi, Paige! Votation for TSWL’s Finest Sept 2011 starts today! good luck!

    have a lovely sunday.


  7. It’s looks so great in your kitchen!! I love it!!

    Thanks for linking up to Show & Share!!

  8. Hi, Paige! This is really a clever project! I am so amazed at your creativity. We love this project so much we are featuring it on the blog today. Do grab a featured button if you fancy so. We also have this fun contest where the top 2 most voted project will make it as finalists to our monthly fun TSWL’s finest contest. Votation starts today so feel free to spread the word! have a lovely weekend!


    • Thanks for the feature! I’m so excited! I’ll definitely keep linking up to your site!

  9. just wanted to let you know that your coffee canvas art was featured over at let birds fly for being one of the most viewed links! come check it out, grab a featured button if you wish, and link-up something for this week’s party! thanks for participating!

  10. the coffee collage is so cute!!
    i definitely need to make one of these!

    • Thanks Heather! I love your blog – seriously, everything about it is so polished…I can tell that you are a designer!

  11. isn’t he just the sweetest thing. I just love that age….. He looks so proud of his works. The coffee with steam looks great in the kitchen.

    • Thanks Ellen! He does love to help out and I’ve had to learn to let him and relinquish some of my control issues…:)

  12. That looks great! I have to say, I also do love the welcome sign. I think they both turned out wonderful. :) A great way to use up all of those scrapbook scraps that I have around the house, as well!

    Thanks for sharing with So Sweet Sundays! :)

  13. I love the bird inspiration! And your Welcome and coffee pictures are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can’t wait to see what you share next!

    • Amie, thanks for hosting the link-up – I’m glad you took the time to visit my blog! It means a lot to those of us who link up!

  14. I am so pleased that you linked to Potpourri Friday. Your participation certainly makes the party more successful . I appreciate you and hope you will make this one of your regular stops each week!

    • Thanks for hosting the link party and for taking the time to stop by my blog! I’ll definitely be visiting your party again next Friday!

  15. I LOVE this! The texture, the colors, the simplicity of the design yet detail of the heart… just gorgeous! And I am absolutely loving your blog design and style – I’m your newest follower and I can’t wait to explore more of your blog! : )

    • What a nice comment! I had to read it to my husband, because, well, it just made me feel so good. It’s comments like yours that make blogging so much fun! I stopped over to your blog and love it! I have a feeling that if we knew each other in real life – we would be friends!

  16. I LOVEE this!!! My kitchen is coffee themed and this is definitely going on my to-do list!!! I found you at Truly Lovely and would love it if you would link this up to my Weekend Soiree this evening! I am also your newest follower! :) Have a wonderful day!

  17. I am loving this. I am also going to feature it tomorrow. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing.

    Newest follower:>

    • Danielle, thanks so much for stopping by & I’m so excited about being featured!

  18. So creative and cute in your kitchen!

    • Thanks, Megan! When you are renting a house, you don’t have much control, so you’ve got to do as much as you can to spiff it up! I’m following your blog now…thanks for stopping by!

  19. I love this idea! I’d love for you to link your adorable project to Things I’ve Made Thursdays. I’m trying something new this week- We have two sections to the party- one for kids’ things and one for “Anything”!! I think this post would be an awesome addition to the “Anything Goes” party!

    Hope you’ll stop by on Thursday and link up!

    • Thanks for letting me know Melanie! I jumped over and linked up!

  20. I am so in love with these pieces! I can’t wait to try it out myself!! GREAT job!

    • Thanks so much – I’d love to see your version when you try it out! I’m following your blog now – I love those Father’s Day cupcakes!

  21. wow! i just love this so much! i’m gonna have to try. don’tcha just LOVE modpodge?!! :)

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

    thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thanks for the invite, Bailiey! I linked up and am following your blog now!

  22. The coffee cup project is soooo cute. I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really enjoy it.
    Hope to see you there.
    carolyn | homework

    • Thanks, Carolyn…I stopped by your blog and linked up on your inspiration board!

  23. Told you I LOVED this!!! So much so we featured it today from the Fancy This Fridays link up! Hope you’ll check it out and grab a featured button for your blog!

    • Thanks, Kassi! I was so excited to be featured. I’m still new to this blog thing, so I squealed when I saw your comment!

  24. Turned out great…I too like the coffee cup better! Thanks for sharing at the Manic Monday Link Party.

    • Thanks for stopping by – I’m glad you found my site! I’m following you on Google Friend Connect now, too!

  25. Fantastic! I love coffee too and cannot wait to make this for my kitchen! It would even make a great gift. Love it!

    • Shanon, I’d love to see a picture of yours if you make one! I love your site – the pictures of Croatia are beautiful…makes me want to visit!

  26. Very very cute!

    • Thanks Jenniffier! I visited your site and your quilts are amazing! I love the idea of quilting, but I’m almost 100% sure I don’t have the patience or dedication to detail for it. Yours are beautiful!

  27. Stopping by from Show & Tell Saturday – I absolutely love the coffee love! That is awesome!! I really want to try that out! It looks very easy and fun!

    • Thanks Sarah! I’m following your site now on Google Friend Connect!

  28. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Ka, thanks for stopping by…I am so impressed by your quilts! I am not a quilter and don’t suspect that my sewing skills will ever be up to par. I have a hard time sewing a straight line!

  29. I love the canvas, very clever!

    • Thanks Irina, I’m glad you liked it! I am following you on Google Friend Connect now…I loved those little felt strawberries!

  30. Oh! Anything coffee catches my eye. I start out my mornings with an I.V. drip attached to the coffee pot. Your canvas art turned out wickedly awesome. Following your blog now. I would love for you to show this off at my Wickedly Crafty Saturdays! Linky is still up & running.

    • Thanks Beth! We are seriously addicted to coffee in our house too…sometimes it’s the only thing that gets me going in the morning. Thanks for letting me know about your Link party!

  31. I love this!! What a great idea!

    • Thanks Jen! I definitely have to give credit for the idea to Crap I’ve Made…I just made her idea fit my supplies!

  32. This is so cute!

    • hanks, Donna…I’m following your blog now!

  33. How cute! What a wonderful project to share with a child! I would love to have you share your talents at my VIP today =)
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend!! XO

    • Sommer, Thanks so much for telling me about your link-up! I jumped over and put my project on there. I’m also following your blog now, too!

  34. I love this! I love coffee anyway so that caught my eye and I love all the colors you used.


    • Thanks Kristal, I checked out your blog and I love that red table with the chalkboard top – what a great idea!

  35. hi Paige, I absolutely love this! great collaborative effort with your little helper and your inspired husband too! Cutest thing I’ve seen in a while :) and I totally want ot try it myself too.

    • Thanks, Diane! It was definitely a collaborative effort…which makes it all the more special. Glad you stopped by – I checked out your blog and it looks like you have some great projects! I love, love the collage door hanging…I want one!

  36. So glad to find your blog. I love this You and your precious little man are quite talented! Thanks so much for sharing at Momma’s Kinda Crafty :)

    • Thanks, Mimi! I jumped over to your blog and I’m now following you – I too am a messy crafter!

  37. I love it. I even liked the “welcome” but the coffee is prettier. I already know I am going to feature it on Thursday afternoon at Bacon Time. This momma runs on coffee. Thanks for linking up at Bacon Time.

    Oh, I am following you now too with GFC. :)

    • Thanks, Mindie. I almost left the “welcome,” but every time I looked at it, the fact that it was crooked bugged me. I knew it would bug me forever if I didn’t just fix it and do something else. Thanks for hosting the link up on Bacon Time…I’d be flattered to be featured!

  38. Aaawww, just lovely…and all the more special having had your little man helping you!

    Deborah (happily visiting from

    • Thanks, Deborah! It definitely added more stress allowing him to help, but in the end, it made it not just a project, but a memory. I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to stuff like this, so he helps me to learn to chill out and not worry so much. It’s hard not to worry when there’s mod podge all over the dining room table!

  39. That is LOVELY!!! I saw that over at Char’s too! I really love the coffee outline you did though! Stopping by from Sassy Sites!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Kassi! I love the birds from the original artwork, but coffee fits our house so much better…because it’s on tap all day long!

  40. I love how your coffee cup turned out. So cute! I might have to give this technique a try. So unique. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thanks, Bethany! I’d love to see yours if you try it out! I’m tempted to to another one with the monogram of our last name…we’ll see.

  41. That is a beautiful project! And even more special because it’s something you can do with your toddler. I love the finished artwork.

    Thanks for linking up to Creating Success Around the World bloghop! Hope to see you there again next week!


    • Thanks for hosting the Creating Success Around the World bloghop – it’s a great idea and so fun to see so many blogs from around the world!

  42. sorry so many comments :) i went to check out your about me page to see where in mexico you live. i lived in puebla as well! in cholula!

  43. that is darling! i actually think the welcome one turned out pretty cute too! fun you live in mexico. i lived there for a semester teaching english and loved it!
    {love} lauryn @

    • That’s crazy! Did you like living in Cholula? We live about 10 minutes from there in the city of Puebla. It’s a great city with awesome food.

      • yes. i love cholula. i actually used to tell people i lived in puebla because cholula is so little known. i stayed with an AMAZING family there. i am so jealous you are so close to them!

  44. LOVE it! You did a super good job!! I must have missed that tute on Tatertots & Jello.

    • Thanks Tammie, glad you stopped by!

  45. Very cute! I have a coffee-themed dining room so I always love seeing coffee things. :)

    • Thanks Randi! I checked out your site – organization is definitely not one of my strengths! I’m following your blog now…glad you stopped by.

  46. Love it!

    • You have to say that…you’re my Mother-In-Law…:)

      • No I don’t! I really DO love the wonderful things you make! You inspire me, and I love how creative you are!


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