Repurposing a Canvas
There is no room in our lives for things we do not love, so it had to be dealt with!
I used my handy little Pampered Chef scraper (which will forever more be relegated to the craft room after this) to scrape off as much as possible. The pieces of paper with text on them came off easily using this method, but the flower made of mulberry paper was proving to be a bit more stubborn. Time to break out the big guns.
I poured a little of this on the canvas, waited a minute, then scraped some more. It took a couple of applications but I finally got all that pink mulberry off of there! If you try this, I advise you to do it somewhere that will not be harmed by the acetone.
One of the perks of living where it is 106 degrees already is that stuff dries really really fast when you put it outside. All it took was five minutes in the shade and my canvas was ready for a coat of Gesso. After it was painted, back outside it went to dry.
While I was waiting, I figured I should probably decide what my canvas should say. I also picked out a paint color for the letters. It's called Meadow.
I brought my canvas inside once dry and gave it a coat of my green paint. After the paint had dried to the point where it was tacky, I dragged my brush through it again (without paint) to add texture and expose a little bit of unpainted canvas. Back outside it went to finish drying.
Place the letters on your dry canvas how you want them. One of the perks of the Silhouette is that you can use the negative space as a placement guide to make sure you get them on there in a straight line!
After the spray paint is dry, carefully peel off your letters. It's really important to be sure they're firmly stuck in place BEFORE you spray paint them, because if you don't, you'll have a lot of touching up to do later.
Since it is 105 degrees here today, the heat made my letters curl up and I had to touch a lot of them up. Just take the smallest paint brush you can find, and your base color, and carefully go over the letters. I actually ended up switching from the brush in the picture to an even smaller one that was originally purchased to spot tone photographs. If you've taken darkroom photography, you know to which teeny brush I'm referring.
Finally, you hang it up! Now, you have a big old visual reminder of your bedtime routine so hopefully you will stick to it. Right.
She stayed here - could you not just DIE? Isn't it gorgeous? She brought me back the lotion from her room and we both were surprised it wasn't fancier somehow. I mean, come on, it's VERSAILLES. The little vial with the gold nuggets was from the hotel too, but as it is not labeled, no one has any clue what it is. She just thought I would like the packaging, and she was correct! I'm thinking of making it a little Wonderland-esque "EAT ME" tag, or perhaps a walnut ink aged label with a skull and crossbones for shits and giggles.