Mod Podge Canvas Art

Posted by on September 1, 2011 in crafty, projects | 98 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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