Thursday, May 30, 2013

How to Make Safari Artwork

Remember these canvases I purchased for the church nursery artwork?  I got all five for $27.53! If you’ve ever purchased canvas’ before, you’ll know what a great buy that is! Hobby Lobby was having a terrific sale that day! Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE Hobby Lobby?! They are so good about keeping Christ in their business, and I love how they take out full page ads on Easter and Christmas, proclaiming Jesus’ birth and resurrection!

cute canvas ideas

Okay…well, today I’m going to show you what I did with all these art pieces just waiting to be born! :0)

I started out by choosing the paint for the nursery because I wanted to tie these art pieces into the paint colors.  I went with Sherwin Williams Georgian Bay Blue and Lime Ricky Green……so cute together!  Well they will be…I promise! :0)

sherwin williams

OH! Before I show you what the canvases look like all painted, I wanted to pass along this cool trick.  Before you start painting stick some thumbtacks in the bottom of whatever you’re painting and you can paint all the was down to the edge and it won’t stick to the newspaper, or whatever you’re using to paint on. I LOVE this trick…it keeps me from painting all my fingertips! :0)

how to paint canvases

Here are the canvases while I’m painting them…see how the thumbtacks lift them up off the ground?! Cool huh?!

Here they are with three coats of paint!

ideas for canvases

I have some special software on my computer that allows me to cut out things that you can’t get on a cartridge, so I cut all of these vinyl safari animals out on my cricut, but you can also find many vinyl cutouts on Etsy that you can use too!

Here’s the different animals I cut out!




vinyl giraffe


church artwork


safari artwork


how to cut vinyl

To transfer them to the canvases, I just put clear contact paper directly on the cutouts, and peeled them off onto the contact paper, leaving the sticky side of the vinyl out.  I positioned them onto the canvases and rubbed them down, then peeled off the contact paper.

Walla! Here they are!….

canvas art ideas

The cool thing about this project, is you could do it with any color or any cutout, in any amount of canvases! Your imagination can run wild!

I have another VERY large vinyl cutout that I bought for another project that I’ll show you when we get to that point! I’m so excited about this project!!

Hopefully I can go shopping and find some things I have in mind and show you what I get, and maybe show you a little more progress on the actual room next post!



Marilyn said...

I'm a fan of Hobby Lobby for the same reasons. The nursery is going to be cute.♥♫

My Repurposed Life said...

I love the canvases Missy! They look so awesome with the colors you chose.
ps happy retirement to your dad! He deserves some time off for sure!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

How cute! That nursery is going to be wonderful!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Those look great! How fun! You've got my creative juices flowing for my granddaughter....


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