Since discovering Pinterest some time last year, this Examiner has found countless sources of inspiration. Other northern California residents have also discovered Pinterest as a place to find inspiration along with ‘pinning’ their own projects and ideas. People from Crescent City to Carmel and Stinson Beach to the Sierra Foothills are finding new ways to use old items that this Examiner wants to try for herself.
While browsing Pinterest recently, it was decided that this Examiner would create a piece of wall art; but which one to try? A recent purchase at a thrift store of a landscape painted on a large piece of canvas would be the backdrop.
First this one, inspired by A Beautiful Mess, was attempted, but the results weren’t what was expected. Somehow it just didn’t wow. (Check out the first slide in the slide show.) This one from Brassy Apple appeared worth a try, but no desirable fabric (or money) was on hand. Then this adorable bird one from Blue Cricket Design was thought and on and on until an amazing image scrolled onto the screen. After reading the blog post wrtten by Alisa Burke that explained the inspiring idea behind her artwork, there was a moment of knowing that this would be The One.
It had the freedom and ease desired and with a little adaptation, it was decided that this was the perfect format to turn the canvas currently hiding behind the bedroom door into something worth hanging on the wall in the master bedroom. Using the simple steps outlined here, anyone can turn a thrift store canvas into a unique and personalized piece of art. Check out the slide show to view each step.
- piece of thrift store art, any size
- acrylic paint in two colors, one dark and one light
- Crackle medium
- black shoe polish with sponge tip applicator
- Modge Podge
- foam brushes
- newspaper to cover work surface
- Cover work surface with newspaper. Canvas will need about an entire day to be finished.
- If desired, cover entire canvas with darker color of acrylic paint. If the colors of the thrift store canvas are ones you would want to show through, skip this first step.
- Following directions on the bottle of Crackle medium, cover the entire DRY surface of the canvas.
- After allowing Crackle medium to dry for allotted amount of time, apply thin coat of lighter colored acrylic paint to canvas. It is easier to just pour onto to the canvas and then spread it out.
- After allowing to dry COMPLETELY (this Examiner let the canvas dry overnight.), write desired song lyrics, poem, scripture, etc. on the canvas with shoe polish.
- After writing has driend completely, about 30 – 60 minutes, cover with a coat of Modge Podge to seal everything.
- Allow Modge Podge to dry completely and hang!
It was that easy to create a piece of artwork that is personalized and fits into your philosophy or style. The phrase used to create this piece of art comes from a song titled You’re All I Am by Foreigner and is a favorite of the Examiner and her husband.