Woodland Animal Canvas for the Nursery

Back when I created the nursery mood board I mentioned that I had found some really cute woodland animal cutouts from the Silhouette store. I knew that I wanted to incorporate them somehow and I finally decided on making some art to hang on the nursery.

I picked up six flat canvas boards to use as backgrounds. I also picked out three paint colors that matched the papers I picked out as well and the rest of the room colors. The colors I grabbed where Indian Turquoise Barn Wood and Irish Moss.

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To give the canvas a sharp border I used a one inch frog tape around the edges of the canvas. It’s pretty similar to what the creator of the cutouts did on her blog post here.

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It took about three coats to get a good full coverage of the colors. Once they were dry I just peeled off the tape.

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As for the animals I just adjusted the sizes and cut them out using my silhouette. I used glue to assemble the layers of the animals and then I used sticky glue dots to attach them to the canvas.

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I love how all the animals turned out. I think they are just so cute and fill up this wall without being too much.

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Chris helped me line everything up over the dressers and we used 3m velcro tabs to hang up all the canvases.

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I think that pretty much concludes the nursery! Stay tuned for the final reveal. I’ve finally picked up and I’ve got a few more fun decorative finishes to share.

If you’re interested in the cutouts here’s the links: fox, raccoon, hedgehog, deer, owl, skunk.

DIY Canvas Photos: Powder Room Edition

Continuing the canvas in the bathrooms theme I made some photo canvas’ for the powder room. Since we painted this room I haven’t really done anything else in here. I think it’s an oddly over sized space for a half bath and I just haven’t spent any time on it.

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A while back I got to thinking about all the photos Chris and I have taken on hikes. I thought that the dark water and forest greens would look great against the deep blue green paint on the walls.

Just like with the master bath canvas’ I started by painting the edges of five canvas’. This time around I chose to go with a larger 12×12 canvas since I thought they would fill up the space better. Also since the walls and photos  are dark I went with the black paint instead of the lighter color I did last time.

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I had a selection of photos printed and chose five that I like the best. Then I just trimmed them a bit and used mod podge to glue them down.

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I chose to hang one right about the toilet which is pretty much the first thing you can see through the doorway.

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The other four I hung in the corner almost behind the door.

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I just love how the colors of the photos look against the walls.

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Now I feel like this room is just a little step closer to not being a weird, boring little box.

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Painting Birds on Some Wires

Lets head back to our guest bathroom. Had you forgotten I’ve been working on it? I wouldn’t be offended if you have. It’s been a while since I’ve talked about it or even worked on it for that matter.

After I finished the shower curtain I wanted to make some art for the bathroom. The shower area doesn’t have a lot of wall space but I still thought it would be nice to have at least a little decor on them.

Since I’ve appearantly been into canvas’ lately I bought four square canvases in two sizes to make a little mini canvas wall. I already had a lot of test pots that matched the guest bathroom paint colors I started out by painting a base color of sunken pool (MSL 126).

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After that dried I taped of some thin lines slanted in various directions. For these I used Love in a Mist (MSL 142), Lagoon (MSL 125), Magnetite (MSL 278) and Driftwood Grey (MSL 265). The last three colors I didn’t use in the bathroom but I already had them and they matched the color palette I was going for.

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It took a couple of coats but once those were dry I pulled off the tape. I wanted to paint birds on the “wires” so I cut out some bird shapes using my Silhouette Portrait.

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I used a regular card stock to make the stencils. My first thought was that I would just use them like a regular stencil and paint inside them. This didn’t work well since the paper stuck to the canvas and the paint bled underneath. You can see the bird on the left hand side where I tried to rub off the paint before it dried. Obviously that didn’t work to well.

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Instead I ended up using the cut outs to draw an outline in pencil. Then I used a small paint brush to fill in the bird shapes. It was more time consuming but the shapes turned out really well this way.

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After about two coats of paint on each bird they turned out like this.

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To hang them I just pounded small wire nails in the wall.

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I love how the colors go well with the rest of the bathroom so far.

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I think the birds are simple, cute and go well with the shower curtain as well.

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These ended up being a simple little art project that I think looks great in the bathroom.

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Has anyone else become obsessed with canvases lately like I have?

DIY Canvas Photos: Master Bathroom Edition

Many months back I attempted to create my very first diy canvas photo from a standard canvas and a regular photo. Lately I’ve been thinking about some rooms in our house that could use a little decor love. I thought some custom photo canvases might work perfectly.

The first room I decided to make some canvases for was our master bathroom. When they were on sale I picked up four 8×8 canvases from a local craft store. I can’t remember exactly what I paid but I know I spent less than twenty dollars on all four.

To make the photo canvases I started by painting the edges of the canvases. Since the photo won’t cover the edge I think it looks nicer to paint them instead of leaving them white. The last time I made a canvas photo I painted the edges black since I knew it would look good with the photo. This time around I planned on hanging the pictures against the lighter green paint in our bathroom and I thought black would be a really harsh against it. So, instead I pulled out some left over wall paint that I used in the bathroom.

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Even though I had four 8×8 photos printed they where a little larger than the face of the canvases. To keep the photos from hanging over the edges of the canvas I trimmed a small amount off of all four sides.

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Then I covered the top of the canvas with a layer of matte mod podge.

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Before the mod podge dried I carefully centered the picture on top and then covered the top of the picture and the sides of the canvas with more mod podge. It was really that simple. They didn’t turn out perfectly but they are definitely less expensive than a canvas wrapped photo and they do look pretty nice.

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After they were fully dried all I had to do was hammer some nails on the walls and hang them up.

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The photos I chose are all from our honeymoon in Mexico. I love that I finally found a place to hang a couple of these up.

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I know that our bathroom isn’t really “tropical” themed but I think that the colors in the photos look great with the paint colors.

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Now if I could just figure out how to take a better photo of this room. The pictures make the green walls look really crazy almost lime green. In the post about painting the bathroom the paint looks a lot more sage green and true to life.

Has anyone else made some diy canvas photos?

Custom Painted Art

Months back when my mom visited our house we talked about some of the tall empty walls in our house. For some reason I didn’t remember this but my mom and I decided that we needed some large painted art. Fast forward to now and boy did my mom deliver.

She went through a bunch of photos that my dad and I took of a local park with multiple waterfalls many years ago. Then she picked three different photos and painted them onto 24″ x 48″ canvas’.

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I know I’m probably bias but I think they turned out amazing!

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I also can’t help but love that these because they are all from photos I took which makes them even more special.

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My mom painted these specifically to go in our family room on the wall above the tv. We originally considered staggering the photos but ended up deciding to just center them on the wall in a straight line.

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Chris did most all of the heavy lifting. He used a level and installed two nails in the wall per canvas.

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At first he hammered in all the nails, hung and leveled all the pictures in the order shown below.

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After looking at them for a few minutes i thought that I wanted them in a different order. This is when we realized that not all canvas’ are made equal. Apparently when we leveled the nails to the certain canvas’ it didn’t work so well with switching the paintings order.

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Before we started messing around with the nails we decided to switch the order yet again. This order seemed to work just fine on the nails we already had and we did like this order best. Optical illusions can be so tricky when hanging things on walls.

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Now the wall finally doesn’t look so blank anymore.

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See that nicely filled wall from above.

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But seriously aren’t these amazing?

Canvas, Wood and Pictures, Oh My!

I finished a few projects a while ago and thought I would write about them together in this post.

You may have noticed in the pictures of the ledges I made there were a few more canvas’ that showed up. When I was filling the ledges up with different things I placed two blank 12″ x 12″ canvas’ in as place holders. Then I got to work on a few different designs.

The first one I came up with was quick and easy. I gave the canvas a solid white coat to use as a background. Then I placed strips of blue painters tape at random angles and painted over with grey. After I removed the tape I I stenciled on a W using a font that I found online. Here’s what it looked like when it was finished:

The next art that I worked on caused me a little bit more frustration. I tried to carefully measure out the lines and in the end just decided to wing it. I coated the entire canvas with white again to get the smooth, even, solid background. Then I taped off the pattern.  I cut a 1″ piece of tape in half lengthwise so I had a 1/2″ strip to use on the long strips and then I made the rest of the pattern with 3/4″ painters tape.  I painted over the tape again with grey and pulled off the tape once it was dry. Then I used a stencil I printed onto regular printer paper to make the Love and the heart shape.

The background ended up showing through the Love but I liked the way it turned out.

Here they are a little closer up. You might be able to tell that the lines didn’t turn out really crisp. Some of the paint bled through under the tape. Although they didn’t turn out perfect it doesn’t matter too much since they are up on the shelves and you can’t see them up too close.

Another project that I created to use on the shelves was to put pictures on wooden plaques. I found a couple of plain wooden plaques at the craft store for a few dollars a piece. Then I used acrylic craft paint to paint the background and edges of the plaques. Once the paint was dried I picked a couple of pictures and simply fixed them on with mod podge.

I chose a couple of wedding pictures to use and I like the way they turned out. They were quick to make add a fun pop of color to the shelves.

The last project I worked on was another canvas art. You can find all over Pintrest tutorials on how to make your own canvas photos so I thought I would give it a try. First I put together a wedding photo and added text of a song from our wedding in Adobe Photoshop. I got the idea for the picture from here:

Source: etsy.com via Kaitlyn on Pinterest

So, after I finished my photo I had it printed as a 12″ x 12″ photo. Since my canvas was 12″ x 12″ as well I wasn’t able to wrap the photo around the edges. Instead I just painted the edges of the canvas with a black acrylic paint. Then I just centered the photo on top and used mod podge to adhere the picture to the canvas.

It may not look as nice as a professionally wrapped canvas photo but it was inexpensive and fun to create. This one is now in our master bedroom. It’s not much to add to the mostly empty room but it’s something.

Well there you have it a smattering of picture and art projects.

Have you been doing anything with canvas or photos lately?