DIY Canvas Art Tutorial: Masking Technique & Memo Board

Posted by Lindsey Brown on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Under: Tutorial
Today, you'll be getting a two-in-one post to tie up this 5 part tutorial series.  

First, I'll give a quick how-to on Canvas #4 using a masking technique. 

Supplies Needed:
  • 16"x20" Canvas (found at dollar store or craft store)
  • Vinyl Wall Lettering (I found mine at Dollarama - also available at craft stores or walmart.)
  • Acrylic Paint & Foam Brush (or spray paint)
  • Sanding Block or Sandpaper (optional)
First, you'll need to protect your work space... and be extra cautious or head outdoors if you're opting for spray paint. 

My vinyl lettering was one long design so I cut between the words to fit my canvas.  Then I played around to figure out the layout I liked best before removing the backing on the back of the vinyl.   There are instructions on how to apply the vinyl on the back - just be careful, as you can stretch out the vinyl or tear it quite easily.  Make sure the vinyl is adhered as smoothly as possible.   If it isn't, the paint can run underneath and you lose the crispness of your line.   (If you look close in the photo above, you can see I wasn't so cautious.)

Now, you are going to cover your entire canvas with paint.   You'll probably need a few coats applied as evenly as possible.  The acrylic will dry faster than the spray paint - it's just a matter of preference.  Each paint brand is slightly different, so check the label for dry times and re-coat directions.

Before your final coat has dried, carefully peel the vinyl back off.  You may wish to use tweezers (they'll get paint on them!) rather than your fingers.  The tweezers make it a little easier to grab the vinyl cleanly.   

Once your paint has dried, you can choose to sand the edges of the canvas and over the wording to distress the whole thing.  This is totally a matter of preference.  I gave my canvas a quick sanding just because I wasn't careful with my edges and this helps hide the imperfections.   

Another version of this canvas is to switch the vinyl for a stencil.  Paint your canvas with a base coat, and when dry, use a stencil and dauber to paint your text.

Our final step-by-step is the bow-holder/memo board.  Perfect for an entry way, office, or little girl's room to collect small notes or clip on some pretty barrettes.

Supplies Needed:
  • 16"x20" Canvas (dollar store or craft store)
  • Fabric (fabric store, Walmart, or reuse fabric from home)
  • Ribbon
  • Stapler and/or glue gun
  • Felt (optional)
  • Sewing Pins (optional)
First, you'll need to size your fabric and iron all the creases out.   Arrange on the front of the canvas as desired.  Pulling the fabric tight and keeping it as straight as possible (this is where the sewing pins might come in handy!), flip your canvas over.   You will now need to adhere or fasten the fabric to the back of the canvas, along the frame, using either your glue gun or stapler (staple gun).  You may wish to fold the fabric if it's much larger than the canvas.  You can also tuck the fabric under the wooden frame.   Make sure if you're using staples to place them fairly close together so your fabric doesn't gap.

Measure a length of ribbon slightly longer than the direction they will be running along the canvas, long enough to wrap around the back for fastening.   Cut as many lengths as you need to run evenly spaced across the canvas.  My canvas was designed to hang landscape and I opted for four lengths of ribbon.  This is entirely up to you.   Once you have decided on the ribbon placement, you will attach them to the canvas one at a time.  Use pins to hold them straight and flipping over your canvas, pull them tight, fastening to the wooden frame of the canvas over the fabric with your staples or glue gun.  You could choose to run ribbons horizontally as well, weaving in and out of your vertical ribbons.  You may also choose to attach a length of ribbon for hanging - fastening one side of ribbon to the upper left and upper right of the back of the canvas frame.

Once all your ribbons are attached, you may opt to cover the back of your canvas with coordinating felt.  My bow-holder is backed with two pieces of pink felt to protect the walls from staple scratches.  I just hot glued them on, running a bead of glue along the back of the canvas frame, adhering a little at a time.  You don't want to run your entire bead of glue at once - it will set before you get all your felt attached.  

Everything is attached and you have no dry time so your canvas is ready to use.   You can clip bows to the ribbons for easy storage and if you kept your ribbons tight enough, little slips of paper will tuck easily behind for a cute office memo board without the need for clips.    

That's it for our five part series - hopefully one of these tutorials has inspired to create your own DIY project!

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Tags: bowholder  memo board  diy  canvas  mask  vinyl