Hey everyone! Hope you all had an awesome weekend! Last week was the first full week I’ve worked in two weeks, so to say I was ecstatic when the weekend rolled around would be an understatement. I was able to accomplish so much and although I’d love to have a 2 week vacation re-do, I’m ready to get back in the full swing of things again.
One of the many things I was able to do over the weekend was create this adorable canvas. I don’t know about you all, but I love looking at all of the cute and girly inspirational canvases they have in stores these days.
Unfortunately, I’m not willing to pay $30 or more for something that I can easily create myself for a fraction of the price. I purchased some blank canvases awhile back to spruce up my bedroom walls, and I knew that I wanted to create something cute and girly, with an inspiring quote on it.
I chose to go with a classic look with black and white stripes, added in a bright pink and gold heart, and chose the phrase “Be-You-tiful”. I’ve always really liked the phrase, as it’s a reminder to be yourself and know that you are beautiful no matter what. I’m definitely one of those people who likes to hang the inspirational quotes on the walls around me, so I’m excited to hang this one above the mirror in my bedroom.
Let’s Get Started!
- 12″x 16″ Canvas ($1.59, Wal-mart)
- Foam Brushes ($0.97, Wal-mart)
- Paint Brushes ($0.97, Wal-mart)
- Painters Tape ($1.98, Wal-mart)
- Clear Tape ($0.97, Wal-mart)
- Acrylic Paint in Gold, Pink, and Black ($1.50 @ 50 cents each, Wal-mart)
Step 1: Apply painters tape to canvas, ensuring lines are straight and evenly spaced.
Ensure the tape covers the sides as well, as you will also be painting this part.
Step 2: Using a small foam brush, begin painting the non-taped sections on the canvas black.
As the paint dries, re-apply the black paint as needed on white areas that show through.
Step 3: Once paint has dried, carefully remove painters tape. Any bleeding spots can be fixed at this point with a little white paint.
Step 5: Tape the large heart cut-out towards the center of the canvas using clear tape. Tape the corners and the edges around the heart.
Step 6: Using the “Pink Diva” acrylic paint and foam brush, begin painting in the large heart. While painting, firmly press down on the stencil to prevent bleeding.
Apply 5-6 coats to ensure none of the black striping shows through. Allow each coat to fully dry before applying the next coat, and if desired, use a blow dryer on the cool setting to quicken drying process.
Step 7: Once the pink heart has fully dried, tape the small heart stencil on the canvas in desired location. Carefully apply 2 coats of gold paint using small foam brush. Once dry, remove stencil.
Step 8: Using a small writing paint brush, carefully paint on “Be-you-tiful” with black. If you are not comfortable free-handing the lettering, you could also use stencils.
I really love the way it turned out, and I think the black and white looks great with the pop of pink and gold colors. This really is a simple project and you can easily switch up the colors and wording to create your own personalized canvas.
I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and I hope your Monday is off to a great start!
Thanks for stopping by and remember to stay be-you-tiful!- Cara