Posting another step by step for a craft project I recently completed.
I love inspirational wall art, but I also like crafting and I like unique things. I had a canvas board that wasn’t suitable for a previous project and I couldn’t return it to the store so I decided to make use of it and make my own inspirational wall art instead!
It was somewhat time consuming, but easy to do and not too material intensive or expensive.
- Canvas Board
- Masking Tape (the best quality you can afford)
- Craft Knife
- Soft Pastels
- Poster Paint
- Drinking Straws
- Cups or small bowls to mix/put paints in
- Washing Up Liquid
Step 1: Completely cover your board in masking tape. I only had narrow tape to hand, wider tape would have been a bit handier and less time consuming, but whatever works. I would recommend the highest quality tape you can afford in order to reduce risk of pain soaking/bleeding through later on
Step 2: Decide what you want it to say and how it should be laid out. This took me ages because I’m pretty hopeless at measuring things out so it took a fair bit of trial and error, but I got there in the end!
Step 3: Once you’ve got your grid down, draft what you want to write in pencil. I chose to do it slightly bubble style writing because I liked the softer edges, but you can do whatever feels best for you, just remember you will have to cut it out and curvy or intricate shapes can be tricky!
Step 4: Once you are happy with what you have written, it’s time to cut out the writing. Make sure not to press too hard as you don’t want to be cutting into the canvas underneath the masking tape. Just carefully cut over the lines you drew earlier on.
Step 5: Once you have completely cut around a letter, carefully peel back the masking tape to reveal the canvas underneath. I decided to cut and peel each letter individually following a cut, peel, cut, peel pattern.
Step 6: Once all your letters are cut and peeled away, I used soft pastels to give a light dusting of colour as a background. I just shaved off some pigment and brushed it over the canvas. I decided to blend colours together because it’s pretty and I love rainbows.
Step 7: Once all your letters are rainbow’d up to a satisfactory level, you want to take your poster paints, mix up whatever colours strike your fancy and add washing up liquid to it. Once you are happy with the colours, use a straw to blow bubbles in the paint. Once you have lots of bubbles, press the canvas down to transfer the bubbles.
I used multiple colours of pain to continue my rainbow theme. It will look like a total mess at this stage, but I promise you it will look totally funky once done, honest!
Step 8: After leaving the paint overnight to thoroughly dry, it is finally time to peel back the masking tape and see what the finished article looks like!
Now it turns out my cheap masking tape was pretty crap and a lot of colours bled through in places, this is why I recommended good high quality tape at the beginning. If I was to do a similar project again in the future, I would use a more expensive, high quality masking tape.
Luckily enough I liked the way it looked even with the bleed through so I wasn’t upset by it, more pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t what I was originally going for, but I think it has a sort of rough, street art kinda look to it instead now which I’m still happy with :)
So there you have it, a funky, cheap wall art project. You could even do this with shapes or pictures instead of text if you wanted to, sure the cutting out may take time and be a pain in the butt, but I think it would look pretty awesome! I’m tempted to do another one with a bird on a tree as a silhouette or something.
My favourite thing about being an arts and crafts kinda person is that the sky is the limit when you’re crafty!