Registered: July 9, 2005 Location: Rural western Oklahoma Posts: 329
Wed, Sep 28, 2005 @ 8:05 AM
What a nice gift. I'll bet your mom loves it. It really is a nice layout. The color blocks behind the pictures add to the overall attractiveness of the canvas without drawing attention away from the pictures. Nice job!
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Registered: May 21, 2004 Location: Spring City, PA Posts: 53
Wed, Sep 28, 2005 @ 4:31 PM
This is great! I love it!
How did you adhere your pics as well as the color blocks to the canvas? Are the color blocks cardstock?
The photo also looks like you sponged the "empty" spaces between pics- is that correct? Sorry for all of these questions, but when I saw this, I realized that it would be the PERFECT gift for my DH's grandparents for x-mas (they are in their early 90's- who knows what to get them?)
Any info you have would be great...
Thanks for the compliments! This is my first addition to my gallery here. And yes, mom my does love it (though she was totally speachless when she got it - she thought she was getting a scrapbook).
This was really not hard - it was just time consuming at first to figure out how to do it. I actually made one with a friend last week (last minute gift for her dad's 80th birthday party) and we did it in less than 4 hours (though I made her paint the canvas first).
I painted an artists canvas (pre-primed) with acrylic paint paint to coordinate one of the colors in the patterend paper I used in the middle. The canvas I used was 3 ft wide by 2 ft high. The best thing we found to paint the canvas with was a sponge roller form a kids art kit (only used 1 container of paint with this - used 2 with a regular sponge brush or paint brush).
After it was dry, I modge podged the patterend and solid papers to the canvas (I picked 3 colors to coordinate with the patterend paper - these are better to have a pattern of some kind to them - the second one we did I used the canvas packground stamp and the print pattern background stamp on SU papers). this is the first time I modge podged and soon realized it is not the medium for me! So the rest of the stuff I used my xyron - to attach the photos to the mats, to attach the mats to the canvas. The photos also turned pink when I experimented with the modge podge on them (I printed them on my ink jet) so this would not have worked for me. I then added the stickers with the sayings and the leaves. And lastly sponged gold ink over the exposed canvas and attached burlap ribbon to the corners using a small staple gun just to frame it a bit.
I did have it all layed out at first, took a picture with the digital camera before I took it apart to start attaching everything. I also sprayed it carefully with krylon clear acrylic matte spray before attaching the corners. It gave all the pictures the same matte look. Plus I figure if people touch it, it will hold up better.
I will be making one for my MIL for next friday, so I will post that one when it is done. Then the next one after that is for ME! :)