Thursday, August 2, 2007

It's Super Easy!

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Now....let's get crafty and decorate those bare walls!!

I wanted to go into detail about the art I made for my parents family room which I posted pictures of earlier. It was so easy....ANYONE can do it!

Supplies:
Canvas
Scrapbook Paper (the thicker papers work best but I used the thinner ones too)
Modge Podge (I used matte finish, but they have gloss as well)
Sponge Brush (about 1-2 inches wide)
Acrylic Craft Paint (little bottles at the craft store)
Hair Dryer
Scissors/paper cutter


I bought store made canvases at a craft store. The canvases I bought were about 2" thick and they were 8x8. Canvases come in all sorts of sizes. I used the 8x8 because of the space I was filling, but I think 12x12 would be awesome too! (and then you wouldn't even have to cut the paper down!) I painted the sides of the canvas a dark brown. Then I picked out scrapbook paper that I liked and that matched the decor and colors I was looking for. Next I trimmed the papers down to fit on the 8x8 canvas. Then with my modge podge and sponge brush in hand I began to put it all together. Using the sponge brush I coated the face of the canvas with modge podge, placed the paper on top and pressed down firmly everywhere to make sure that it stuck. Let this dry for about 5 minutes. Next, using the sponge brush, I put a thin layer of modge podge on the paper. (make sure you cover it completely) I also put a layer of modge podge on the sides over the paint as well. As it dries the paper may begin to wrinkle or bubble a bit. That's where your handy dandy hair dryer comes in! Once your piece is no longer sticky to the touch, use your hair dryer to blast the bubbles and wriknles with heat and smooth them down with your fingers at the same time. (it gets a little hot!)
That's it! Pretty easy! New art for your walls! Now go get craftin'!!



34 comments:

  1. I'm so not an arts and crafts person, but that sounds so easy. thanks for laying it all out with directions. i think that i could actually do that. i think that i just might... for above the windows above our tv in the great room...or maybe in my bathroon next to my clawfoot tub...or maybe down the hallway. hmmmm?

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  2. Thanks for the idea Shannon! So clever...I may have to give it a try somewhere in our house. :)

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  3. Those look GREAT! I love them! I have to do some too.
    They remind me of my Sid Dickens Memory blocks.......but alot less expensive. Thank you!

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  4. Great wall art--love the BG!

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  5. What a great idea! I am going to try this for my daughter's room. Thanks!

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  6. These look fab! I will try this this weekend!!! :)

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  7. I love that idea! I've always wanted to work my favorite papers into my decor and never knew how. Thanks!

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  8. Found your site at Creative Blog...and Kim's Skiptomylu...I love this idea...my daughter is an artist and has painted on canvas' she stretched herself...however, this is a great idea that covers a large area if desired...I am forwarding this to her...b/c she and her sweet hubby just purchased their first home...and this will be a great and inexpensive decorating idea....

    Your ideas...the "bomb"

    Blessings...
    "T"

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  9. Love this idea! Now if I can just remember to buy the canvas!! I think I have everything else....
    Thanks for posting this. It looks like something we could all do and the results look pretty darn professional!

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  10. What another cool idea. Oh I wish I could. Maybe, I will try.

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  11. I can't wait to do this!!! This for sharing your talent and ideas with us!!

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  12. Just the idea I was looking for. Perfect!

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  13. Okay... I'm definitely doing this! Thanks so much for the tips!

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  14. How easy is that? (Easy enough for me - I'm doing it!) Thanks!

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  15. Very cute and fun idea. I'm a fairly new user to mod podge and boy am I in love! The possibilities are endless!

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  16. Oh my gosh I love this idea! Thanks for sharing your ideas and talents with us!

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  17. I've got some Basic Grey papers that I have been saving for this. I wouldn't have even thought to paint the sides though, glad I read this!

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  18. awesome idea and I bet it will look great on my wall.

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  19. what a cool way to add spark to a boring wall! I am definitely going to try this! Thanks for the idea!!!

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  20. What a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing. I have a huge wall I could do something like this with.

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  21. I bookmarked this a while back - and last week my friend and I went and got the supplies. I am SO doing this, this weekend! I can't wait!

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  22. I am so glad I saw your post. I bought some really awesome 12x12 paper to make as a wall hanging, but I was just going to frame it, now I am going to make these. Wow, totally sweet! I saw your link from SITS-tah's blog. Have a great day.
    Hugs from Georgia, Amy ;)

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  23. Hi I don't know you but I linked here from Tip junkie, I was wondering where you got your specific scrapbook paper for the wall squares? or the name of the paper brand.
    Heidi
    Thanks

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  24. I bookmarked this post a very long time ago because I knew one day I'd get around to trying it. Well, with Christmas coming up, that time has arrived. What a great gift idea for my sister for her new apartment.

    My only problem is that last night I had trouble getting the paper just right on the canvas. The canvas is probably not exactly precise and straight and so my precise and straight scrapbook paper is having trouble. I purchased 9x12 canvas and so I cut my paper down to 9x12 but it's just not adding up.

    My next attempt is to try a scrap piece of paper and just trace the outline of the canvas onto the paper and see what happens then.

    If you have any tips, please let me know. :)

    Thanks.

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  25. OK...I just finished making mine. A 24x36 with 6 sheets of paper. I'm having a bit of trouble with the bubble situation. No matter what I do, they won't smooth out. I even have one of those wall paper thingies. And my edges are curling up a bit. I'm wondering if I over-Modge Podged it.

    I'm also wondering if a spray adhesive might work better to stick the paper on the canvass??? I've never worked with it before, but I saw it in the craft store.

    It still looks cute. Sort of rustic with all the imperfections.

    Sandy

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  26. Have you always had this blog? I don't know how I never saw it. What a fabulous idea for the wall art- I love that! By the way, we are still getting tons of compliments on our blog design. You're the best!

    ~Sara
    (from Our Best Bites- ya know, in case you forgot me already ;)

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  27. Thanks for this idea... I was looking for a way to get some art in specific colors for my kitchen that wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg. This looks fun and easy. :)

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  28. Hi I copied this project, but changed it a little. I posted it on my blog, but gave you credit for the idea. Hope you don't mind!

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  29. Hi! I loved your idea so much, that I linked to your page from my blog. I hope you don't mind!

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  30. LOVE THESE!! have a huge wall in my house that needs some TLC...

    Going to put it on my blog!! awesome idea ♥

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  31. love this craft! Found your site from Tara's

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  32. This is a great idea. DH and I just bought a house and have some large walls to fill. I might add some photos along with the scrapbook paper for a great combo. Thanks for the idea!

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