A reversed canvas is a fun and easy way to personalize your space! No joke, I have one in every room (that’s finished #stillunpacking ) of our home. A reversed canvas makes for a great gift too! I usually fill my frames with canvas or large photos, but recently discovered this awesome shiplap version and I can’t wait to show you!!!
- Brown Paint (to stain frame)
- Popsicle Sticks – for shiplap background
- Paint to Decorate Canvas
There are several ways to remove canvas from the wooden frame, so I usually go with whatever tool is closest😊. The canvas can be cut with an x-acto knife, by cutting along the outside of the staples or the staples can be removed with a flat head screwdriver, staple puller, or another prying tool. Please be careful with this step, folks!
Remove the canvas away from your working space to avoid any unwanted stains. To mix the stain, use acrylic paint and water. Actual stain can be used, but not necessary and will require a longer dry time. To make the frame color similar to mine, use a 3:1 ratio (3 parts brown and 1 part black). Gradually mix in a few drops of water to thin out your mixture. Test your color and consistency by painting the back of the frame and adjust accordingly. I like being able to see the grain of wood. This step requires some experimenting, but don’t stress. If it’s too light, add another layer of “stain” or darken your mixture with more black. If it’s too dark, try rubbing it off with a paper towel. Play around with it!
Using a paintbrush, paint the stain in the direction of the grain. Don’t forget your inner and outer edges and watch for drips. The back doesn’t need to be stained. Move to the next step while allowing the frame to dry. **Painting tip: a blow dryer or sunlight speeds up dry time
Background (2 Options)
Shiplap: (Shout out to Simple Made Pretty for this Idea)
- To create the shiplap look, paint the tops of several popsicle sticks white
- After they dry, flip them over and lay them side by side
- Once they are lined up straight, lay a few more popsicle sticks in the opposite direction and glue them down
- The back should be one piece now
- Glue the shiplap piece to the back of the frame
- If you choose to use the canvas, take this time to trim off the folded edges
- Start by gluing a small dot on the top and bottom of the frame
- Then add a dot to the sides while making sure the canvas lays flat
- Once the canvas is flat and taut, add more glue to the corners for reinforcement
- Trim off any excess canvas
- Using a pencil, sketch out your wording or art onto the canvas and go over with paint **Painting tip: Use a smaller brush and light pressure when painting your design to allow less room for error. Practice on paper to get more comfortable with your technique.
- Check out my Lettering Post for help!
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