This post should be titled: How Not to Paint on Canvas.
I’m going to tell you everything I did wrong and how I would do it differently next time.
I have to say that I’m surprised after everything I did wrong that I actually don’t mind how it turned out.
I don’t hate it! In fact, it’s growing on me.
Maybe it’s all the blood, sweat and tears I put into it (only partially kidding).

First off, I won’t use canvas again for this type of project, next time I will use a board.
I had the canvas on hand so that’s what I used.
Next, I was trying to save money by using a sheet roll of laminate.
It’s a lot cheaper than vinyl. I’ll spend more money and use vinyl next time.

I have to say that my Cricut cut it out very nicely though.
I placed the laminate on the canvas using a ruler to space the lines.
I didn’t measure between the letters. Just eyeball it.

The letters weren’t sticking very well so I used a bone folder and rubbed each letter into place.
I thought they were rubbed down really good. Um, not so much.

I saw this Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist at Michaels and had been wanting to try it. The color is Kiwi.
I was going for a uneven kind of old worn look so it was perfect for that.
I actually love the look it gave the canvas.

The problem was the letters weren’t stuck down good, remember?
So after the paint dried I started taking the letters off and there was wet paint under the letters.
I hurried and wiped the wet paint off with a paper towel under each letter.
And that’s why the letters are blotchy and not white (which is what I was going for).

So at this point I should have just left it alone.
It didn’t look too bad but there was an area where the paint was a little darker than the rest and I wanted to even it out.
Why didn’t I leave it alone?
I used a tiny bit of acetone on a damp cloth and tried to lightly wipe some of it off.
Disaster! I spent the next hour using different brushes and methods to blend everything back in.

After I did my best blending it, I let it dry then sanded it to make it look like everything was intentional.
I really kind of like it now and the glimmer mist gives it a little shimmer.
If nothing else I love the sentiment and I think it looks pretty great on my mantel.

The End!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

ashlee August 24, 2012 at 1:30 am

I LOVE it! I made the same mistake when I used too wet of a paint on a t-shirt with a stencil, the fabric (canvas) soaks up the paint! The only thing that leaves crisp lines is a thick paste/paint! But I really like the way it bled into the letters, sometimes accidents make great projects!

Amy August 24, 2012 at 7:12 am

I agree with Ashlee- I think it was a happy accident. Having the color bleed a little into the letters makes it softer and I actually love the look. And I agree, the sentiment is wonderful. :)
p.s. when can we do lunch?

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny August 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

It’s beautiful, Leanne, and I love that shade of green. Have to agree with Ashlee and Amy… I think the way that the paint bled looks fantastic. Great project :)

Jonie @ Just Between Friends August 26, 2012 at 8:16 am

I’m sorry it was such a pain, but it did turn out really looking great! I love the color and the way it looks on your mantel.

Angien24 August 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

I really like the softness to the letters, instead of a stark white contrast. I think it lends to the sentiment of the quote. I also like that you said it’s growing on you. That happens to me, I need some time to get beyond what I was hoping for and look at it for what I was given. (that’s also true in a lot of things in life, not just crafts.) ;D

Michelle April 20, 2013 at 9:02 am

What a beautiful job you did on this! I am going to Michaels today to get the supplies. Thank you!

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