For the first time in a LONG time I got inspired to do something crazy…decorate my living room wall. Yes, for me that is surprisingly crazy because as much as I LOVE to make stuff, and help others decorate their homes I’m not so great at it myself.
It all started when I saw a project on Pinterest and I just knew I had to have one of my own.
“Please excuse the mess, the children are making memories.”
I love this quote, and I should read it to remind myself daily.
I started off with a regular canvas that you can get at any craft store. Mine is a 16″ x 20″. Then I cut the quote in vinyl. It doesn’t matter what color because it will be used as a reverse stencil and will be removed later.
Next I sprayed over the lettering with a paint primer.
And then I painted over that with white acrylic paint for good measure. I figured this would really seal the edges of the vinyl lettering and help prevent any any paint from bleeding underneath later.
Now comes the REALLY fun part!!! Break out the paint and let your little one go to town! You can see my big girl was skeptical at first, then annoyed at my picture taking, then she had a blast! Of course you can paint it yourself, it does look pretty tempting and there’s no such thing as a mistake with this kind of painting.
Okay, I admit it, I dipped my fingertips in a little paint and helped a tiny bit…mostly just around the edges, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing another canvas myself, it was so much fun!
Once she was done we let it dry. Since I have no patience I used my heat gun to move it along a little faster, and I accidentally kept it in one spot a little too long because it started to chip away. Eek! No big deal, I just grabbed a little paint and did a quick touch up. No biggie!
If you look closely you can see the vinyl lettering under the paint.
I forged her artist’s signature in the corner…
and once everything was nice and dry I carefully pulled off each letter with a hook tool, which resulted in this little gem!
Then just to be safe since we used water-based washable paints I sprayed a quick coat of Mod Podge spray to seal and protect the painted canvas.
Kayden was so proud of her painting she had to show everyone who came over. ♥ I loved it too, and I wanted to put it up for all to see. I couldn’t find the perfect spot, but we really needed to add to a wall in the living room so I decided to incoporate this painting into a bigger project, which ended up as this:
I love it so much, it makes me wonder why I don’t decorate more! LOL
By the way, if you don’t have a vinyl cutting machine don’t forget I do custom decals! And, I could probably be persuaded to make you a completely prepped canvas so all you need to do is paint it and remove the lettering. 😉
If you were going to do this project, what quote would you choose?