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Canvas Wall Art

Today I’m sharing this canvas wall art project that I completed over the weekend. My friend Kim’s new home is close to being complete and I wanted to make her something special to put in her cookie/craft room. With the name The Cookie Puzzle puzzles hold special meaning to her and I knew that a puzzle piece on the canvas would be perfect. To make the canvas wall art I made a stencil with my Cricut Explore and stencil blank material that I found at Hobby Lobby in the stencil aisle. I removed the plastic backing off of the stencil blank before placing on my mat. I cut it on the poster board setting. It did a double cut and it looked like it hadn’t cut all the way through so I cut it again on the same setting. I think it successfully cut the first time and I just had to pop out the negative space. I will have to test the material again and see if just one time on poster board is sufficient. I also was using a regular blade and not a deep cut blade. That might help next time. Needless to say if you own an Explore you will have to experiment with the setting that works for your material. I painted my canvas with two coats of the teal color. I let the first coat dry completely before applying my second coat. After the second coat dried completely I placed my stencil on the canvas. I sprayed the back of my stencil with a temporary stencil adhesive. I don’t really think this made a difference. I think taping the stencil down will be sufficient in the future. I used a stencil brush to apply paint around the edges and then a larger brush to fill in the middle. I applied two coats. When I lifted the stencil there were some spots that were not perfect so I touched them up with a small detail brush. The final step is optional but I sealed my canvas with mod podge. It’s all I had in the house so that’s what I used but you could certainly use a spray on clear sealer or a brush on acrylic medium like Liquitex. 聽It’s totally personal preference whether you want to seal your canvas or not. My next project with canvas will be to use vinyl instead of a plastic stencil. I have some vinyl to try and haven’t yet because I’m scared. LOL! Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I inspired you to make custom art of your own.

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  1. That has to be the most beautiful and thoughtful thing ever! I love it! And the colors match perfectly! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
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  2. Melissa, How sweet of you to make this cool artwork for Kim. Thanks for sharing and pinning!
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