This cute little collection of canvases now grace the wall of my daughter's room. They were inspired from a beautiful Thai skirt my friend Sonya was giving to the second hand store. The skirt was out of date, but the fabric was worth keeping. This project was fairly simple to make. I used a combination of stencil and silkscreen. My friend Sonya has an amazing little machine called the Yudu, by Provo Craft. Love it! You can take your own image, burn onto a screen, and presto! In home silkscreening! We are working on so many wonderful projects, I can't wait to share them with you!
To do this craft, you'll need:
3 different sized white canvases. (You can recycle old canvases, just paint them white before
3 different fabrics. (Or recycle your old clothes.)
Manila envelopes and cutting tool for making stencils (and the patience of Job)
- Or a Die Cut Machine (I used a Cricut machine (also by Provo Craft) to cut my stencils, and the image for the silkscreen. You don't need it, but it sure is handy! If you have it, use it! If you don't, think about getting one.)
A Silkscreen Set (I used a Yudu by Provo Craft) or you can get a simple, less expensive kit at your craft store. Or, you can just stencil the whole thing.
Okay, here's what you do...
Cut your fabric 5 inches larger than your canvas, so 2 1/2 on each side. I used silk chiffon for this one. It was so beautiful against the white canvas, but definitely harder to work with. If your new at this, I suggest a sturdy cotton.
Then, spray your canvas with spray glue, including sides, and wrap it with your fabric. Use your staple gun to secure the fabric on the back, just like you're reupholstering your sofa. Start in the middle and do the corners last. Trim the excess. If your a neat freak, you can tape the fabric down afterwards, so it's nice and tidy.
Now you've got a cute little collection of fabric wrapped canvases. I used a 16 x 20, 11 x 14, and 8 x 10.
A bit of advise for silkscreeners. You may want to silkscreen your fabric BEFORE you wrap the canvas. I think wrapping the canvas first is easiest for stenciling, but the thick canvas did not fit in the Yudu. I just used my screen separate, and it worked fine.
Next, cut out your stencils using your die cut machine, or your manila folder and knife. You can print an image from your computer and spray mount it directly to your folder and cut that way. Save your cutouts.
Now, arrange your cutouts on your canvases so you get a feel for your composition. Once you have it the way you like, Burn them onto your screen, or start stenciling them on.
Start painting! I stenciled in my branches and silkscreened the rest. I started with a craft sponge, but found a paintbrush worked better.
This project took me the greater part of the afternoon...But, I had my two daughters home AND my husband out of town, so it really wasn't that hard. I hope you give it a try!