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Thursday, August 9, 2012

.:Guest Post - Let's Get Scrappy:

Here's Mel from Let's Get Scrappy to share a tutorial with you: 

DIY Canvas to personalise your home…

I had a pack of canvas’ lying around my scrap room for a few years and some empty walls so I grabbed some paint, stamps, sponges and a cute picture and created this…


However, this is no use for you all. So I had to make another one to give you a step-by-step how to.

1)      Prep your canvas with white paint or gesso – mine has a blue tint as it was leftover from the previous canvas.
2)      I use old ice-cream lids to hold the paint. I mixed some purple and white acrylic paint together and applied it with a sponge.
3)      I tend to make sure that the brush strokes are all in the same direction.
4)      I apply three coats – this is the part where you have to be patient. I did mine outside on a sunny day so that it dried quicker.
5)      Use a paint dauber (if you have one) or just black paint with a paintbrush or small sponge to edge the canvas and make it stand out more.
6)      Choose your photo – crop it if you need to and mat it. I used the packaging from some lettering.
7)      Use a tacky glue to attach the picture to your thoroughly dried canvas.
8)      Choose a pretty patterned scrapbook paper (I actually used wrapping paper that I kept as I thought that it was so pretty) and cut shapes out of it to embellish your photo.
9)      Stick down and then use pop dots to make one of the roses stand out.

10) This is the part where you had to think of a title. I like to use song lyrics – pinterest has a plethora of cute quotations and phrases for you to choose. I chose this lyric from Jack Johnson as it’s inscribed on our wedding rings and was on our wedding invites. I used my trusty paint dauber and clear alphabet stamps to print the first part of the lyric. You will notice that the ‘y’ has a little mistake and I will explain in a minute how I sorted that blunder out.

11) I used letter stickers to complete the title. I then cut another heart from the wrapping paper and stuck it on with my tacky glue to cover my slight blunder.

12) Have some fun with the finished product and add some extra embellishments like glitter, sequins, pearls or gems. I added pearls to give the flower motif some dimension and make it sparkle a little bit more.


So here are my two canvas’ side-by-side. They are now hanging in my hallway to give my house some colour, personality and happy memories too.


This is a great project and very versatile. It is cheap, quick (once it’s dried) and you can really unleash your creativity…but you don’t need to be really artistic to be able to do it. 

Thanks Mel! What a great idea, yours turned out great! I love how you used so many different things to make one whole project!


Thanks for leaving a comment! I love reading them! I try to reply to questions the best I can, but you can always email me at sumossweetstuff {at} gmail {dot} com.