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Category: Wall Art

plaques, paintings, signs, mixed media

To achieve print like lettering on these thematic paintings I used freezer paper, printed the saying in reverse, and transferred them onto the finished painting. Sadly, they were not dark enough to stop there, so I traced over them with a fine paintbrush to bold them up.
Watch out for the edges of the canvas. The wood is concave so that it does not show a crease on your canvas. This low spot on the edges can make the transfer a little difficult at the edges. Try inserting a clip board in between the frame and the canvas on the back side (clip down of course)
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Whether you like lots of color or more vintage earth tone, we all wish we could get more of those yummy scrapbook papers. With this project you can see it everyday. My friend saw this idea in a salon and we tried it out.

patch work using scrapbook paper
patch work using scrapbook paper

First we simply covered the entire wall with papers, being sure to keep our patterns ungrouped. We were going for a random look. No need to Modge Podge both sides just yet, only the backsides. It does help to dilute your Modge Podge so it is more spreadable and dries more slowly (we were running from the kitchen to the bathroom with every piece of paper)

Applying full sized paper on the wall ensures that the entire wall will be covered.
Applying full sized paper on the wall ensures that the entire wall will be covered.
Don’t worry about small bubbles, they tend to disappear as the paper dries.

Then we tore the papers into assorted shapes, again making sure the layout seemed random and repeating papers every so often to make sure the patchwork had continuity. After the scraps are applied, its time to get your hands dirty and rub on the top coat. This allows the light to be spread out over several pieces giving it more of a wall paper look. I would love to try this again with a pearlized Modge Podge and vintage papers.

Pictures and vinyl stickers give a finished look.  Oops, need to put the outlet covers back on!
Pictures and vinyl stickers give a finished look. Oops, need to put the outlet covers back on!

This was an experiment that I am going to be refining for a future class. It is acrylic paint on canvas over paper cutouts for texture and then silk flowers for the center piece. I used rocks with wire for the centers because that is what I had on hand. I have heard you can use glue in place of Modge Podge. I am not sure if that is entirely true. I had generic glue and not Elmer’s. All I can say is, generic glue does not work on canvas. Next time I will be sure to use actual Modge Podge. Here is the result…
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