504 Main by Holly Lefevre: canvas
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Showing posts with label canvas. Show all posts


Monogrammed Burlap Canvas and A Hometalk and Michaels Pinterest Party

I always joke that I married my husband because I would not have to change my initials.
I very much liked that big ole "L" that was the beginning of my last name.
I have always (long before the monogram trend began) loved using my initials to personalize my decor. That is why I love this Monogrammed Burlap Canvas project that is part of the Michaels and Hometalk Pinterest Party
Visit Hometalk and search the hashtag #MPinterestParty to see a ton of great projects!

Monogrammed Burlap Canvasand a Hometalk and Michaels Pinterest Party


DIY! Museum Style Fossil Art

But it is one of my favorite projects ever!
I originally came up with this idea last year for my sons room.
I find it very hard to find sophisticated decor for boys,
especially growing boys, and it was time to update his room.

But quite honestly this art can go anywhere!
I even had one friend fooled...
she thought I bought this at a museum store!


(repeat this same process for as many canvases as you want to make)
  • Cover work area (and work outside during the spray painting process).
  • Paint canvas all over with the Krylon webbing. Let dry.
  • Paint canvas all over including the sides with the Krylon Brushed Metallic Paint. Let dry. It dries really quickly.
  • I sprayed a light coating of the Krylon Webbing Spray all over the canvas - this was for texture. Let dry.
  • Repeat the Krylon Brushed Metallic Spray Paint process, covering canvas completely.
  • Spray Krylon Webbing Spray in black all over the canvas again, lightly. Let dry.
  • Once dry, come back and "hit" the canvas again with the webbing spray in certain areas - you want it to look natural and there is no rhyme or reason - it is supposed to look like a rock. Let dry.
 (top with stain, bottom without)

  • Stain/Antique the canvas at this point (OPTIONAL). Mix equal parts Asphaltum Acrylic Paint and Staining and Antiquing Medium together; paint on canvas; wipe off.
  • Place the Ammonite stencil on the canvas and position to your liking. For the Ammonite, I choose to place it centered on the canvas. (I taped my stencil down carefully by wrapping ape around the sides of the canvas and securing on the bottom)
  • Mix together DecoArt American Acrylic in Asphaltum with a a little Acrylic in Ebony (optional). Then mix equal parts Thickening Medium to the paint mixture. Mix well. The thickening medium is great because it gives some weight and heft to the acrylic paint and makes the design stand out from the background. LOVE it - try it and have fun, you will too...better yet you buy a small bottle (about $2.50) and you can add it to any acrylic paint in equal parts to create this effect.
  • Use the palette knife or credit card to apply the paint over the stencil - swipe it in long motions. Be careful not to press too hard on the canvas (it is fabric)....I did and it caused some paint to get under the stencil which actually does not bother me - I actually like it for this project but on others you may not want that.
  • Carefully lift stencil off canvas when you have covered your area. Wash stencil with soap and water.
  • For the trilobite canvas, I used the same technique as above, but placed a trilobite on each side at different heights and then placed one in the middle, slightly off center (I did not want it "perfect")

I also did this canvas first, using the white webbing spray and a larger canvas. I sprayed some of the white webbing on the canvas first - prior to spray painting, and then continued to layer spray paint and webbing. I applied the staining/antiquing medium and finished it off with a light spray of Krylon webbing.

Easy-Peasy really cool looking museum style art! 

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DIY! Burlap and Canvas Family Heirloom Wreath

Trying to capture and preserve my family's heritage is very important to me. It is also difficult. The older generation - the ones who remember World War II, The Great Depression, and beyond that, as it pertains to my family are gone and have been for a long while. So, I take what I can get, what I can find along the way, and do my best to honor and celebrate where I came from.

This Family Heirloom Wreath is one of my favorite ways to remember my family.

You know those projects, those creations you see and you cannot get them out of your mind. They stick with you they speak to you even. Well, when I went to The Craft and Hobby Association Show back in January, I saw one of those pieces at the Canvas Corp booth. Amongst all of the other lovely Canvas Corp goodies was this one amazing wreath that I took about 30 photos of and just kept thinking about. There was no doubt in my mind I was going to replicate this piece.

I have to tell you that the tutorial for this is a little difficult to explain completely,
because the piece becomes so personal and unique.

This is the inspiration piece from the Canvas Corp blog,
designed by Sonya Bookout.

I used photos of my grandmother, her three sisters, and my great grandmother. I have very few photos from my family and these are precious photos and I wanted to find a unique way to display them.

Just imagine this project with baby photos, wedding photos - well, just about anything you want!

(this is what I used anyway)
  • 4 - Canvas Corp 6 x 6 canvas
  • 4 - Canvas Corp 6 x 6 burlap
  • 2 - Canvas Corp 5 x 7 Chunky canvas
  • 2 - Canvas Corp 3 x 3 canvas
  • 1 - Canvas Corp 4 x 4 canvas
  • 1 - Canvas Corp 4 x 4 burlap
  • 1 sheet Canvas Corp chocolate and vanilla dot paper
  • 1 sheet Canvas Corp Handmade collection, script (I want to wall paper a room in this paper...L-O-V-E!)
  • Gorilla Glue 
  • Liquid Stitch
  • Distress Ink: Linen, and Frayed Burlap
  • Canvas Paper, (Office Depot, 10 sheets for approx. $12.00) or I found this on Amazon. I used the Office Depot Paper

  • Scissors
  • Ink Jet Printer
  • Scanned images of photos or clip art
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Optional: I use a staple gun to staple the back of the wreath together fro additional strength.
  • Ruler or straight edge

Adornments and Embellishments
I used a variety of embellishments and adornments. Many came from my own stash of vintage and found items. Many of the scrapbook companies carry a nice selection of vintage looking embellishments
  • Buttons (new and vintage)
  • Black felt ribbon (you can cut strips of felt about 5/8" wide and use pinking shears to finish the edges).
  • Old pearls (I used loose pearls and pieces of a broken necklace, including the clasp)
  • Fabric flowers which I made with 1/2" to 1" strips of a linen which I twisted and then wrapped around each other, and finished off with pearls in the center
  • Old Jewelery is great for this project
  • I found the clock face at the craft store for $1.50
  • Old lace pieces (thrift stores and my stash)
  • A mini metal frame (Making Memories)
  • Chipboard chalkboard letters (I sanded the edges for a word look)
  • Old doilies
If you have any specific items you want to know about
I will be happy to answer your questions...just email me!

  • The first step is laying out your wreath and getting a look you want the base of the wreath is the 6 x 6" canvas (4 canvas, 4 burlap). I used a straight edge to keep them lined up and symmetrical (You can make a template on a piece of paper by drawing a big cross and aligning edges to that one point.) The point is just to keep the wreath base symmetrical.
This is my original layout
  • The chunky canvases and smaller ones get stacked on top in diagonal and straight positions depending on your preferences.

  • This part is trial and error and personal preference. I used old family photos, but you can also use clip art or baby images. I really wanted to do one with all wedding photos...but that proved to by, er, difficult.
  • Scan your photos or select clip art
  • Print out images on regular paper to avoid "wasting" the canvas paper - and place them on the wreath in desired positions - you will move them around a bit and it will also determine some canvas placement as well.
  • I started by determining which were my favorite photos and made those fit the canvases that were most prominent - in my case that was the 5 x 7 chunky canvases.
  • Finish deciding which images you want to use and where and then measure and resize in your usual photo editing program.
  • Print photos on Canvas Paper and cut out.

  • Once I had the final photos determined and sized to fit the correct canvas, I used Liquid Stitch to place the photos on the canvases (If you want the edges of the photos distressed, do that before gluing them on to the canvas). Let dry.
  • Distress the edges of the burlap and canvas frame with the Distress Ink. I used Linen first and then darkened it with Frayed Burlap.
Distress edges using distress ink
  • Using the ruler or "template," lay the canvases back out in the correct positions and get out your Gorilla Glue.
Draw a few straight lines on a large piece of paper and as you layout the wreath keep corresponding/matching pieces lined up n the lines to keep the wreath balanced and symmetrical.
  • The Gorilla Glue is super strong and tough enough to hold the canvases together. Remember that it expands so you do not want to use an excessive amount. I applied it to the edges of the canvases where they met up and let it dry overnight.
  • Once dry flip over and reinforce (I did this because it was going to be hanging) with staples (honestly I would have Gorilla Taped it if I did not have a staple gun)
  • Begin adding your adornments. I typically work in adding things in odd numbers and balancing things out, i.e. 2 black items on top right vs. one black accent on bottom/middle left.
Here are some close ups and detail of my embellishments and adornments
Canvas Corp script paper, vintage pearls from a junk sale,
a clock face from the craft store,
and vintage (black earring) from Goodwill.
 Black Felt ribbon, 2 vintage shank buttons, doily (thrift store)
Black felt ribbon, piece of lace trim, button.
Chocolate and vanilla dot paper, image of old letter,
end piece including clasp of a pearl necklace.
Making Memories metal mini frame, jeweled embellishment.
Black felt ribbon, piece of lace trim, buttons.
Vintage lace leaf, 3 vintage "pearls."
Script paper, Chalkboard chipboard letter, distressed with sand paper.
Vintage black earring, memo pins (Tim Hotlz)
End piece of pearl necklace (the string is on purpose!)
3 homemade linen fabric flowers with pearl centers.
These were easy to make  - my first - but I saw some pre-made ones in the jewelry section of the craft store that were nice.

Honestly, this is one of my favorite projects EVER!

So what do you think?
I am going to make my mom cry and make her a wreath for Mothers Day!

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
This post has been made possible by Canvas Corp!

Craft DIY Ideas


How to Build a Simple Frame

A couple of weeks ago I received a
beautiful canvas of my cutie from Canvas People.
{You can read all about that HERE.}
Well, to really show it off and have it fit in with the rest of the decor,
I wanted to create a frame for it. I say create because
I could not find one that was a decent price that I liked!
So armed with a 1" x 2" x 8" and some
Americana Weathered Wood Medium,
I created this beautiful frame that looks all beat up
and full of old loveliness {but it is new!}

Here is how I created my aged loveliness to showcase my Canvas People canvas

Supplies (to fit an 11” x 14” canvas)
1. BEAUTIFUL CANVAS! Of course the model is adorable too!
2. 1 or 2 -1” x 2” x 8' boards cut with MITERED CORNERS as follows:
      2 cut at 11”
      2 cut at 14”
5. Dremel Mulit-Max (Sander option) of Norton Sanding Bug from Rockler
7. DecoArt acrylic paint in Burnt Umber and Bleached Sand Paint
8. DecoArt Primer/Sealer
9. Rockler sponge brushes.
10. Rockler Painters Pyramids (AWESOME!)
11. Wood Filler (optional)
12. Deft Clear Wood Finish (semi-gloss) from Rockler

1. Cut Boards (as above). Be sure to miter the corners
2. Give a light sanding to the cut edges
3. Run Gorilla Wood Glue along the mitered edges of the frame. Piece frame together while it is laid out on a protected surface.
4. Secure with Gorilla Tape until dry.

5. My cuts were not perfect, so I filled in the gaps with wood filler. Let dry. (optional)
6. Sand again.
7. Position your frame on the Paint Pyramids and paint prime with DecoArt Primer/Sealer. Let Dry.

8. Apply a coat of DecoArt acrylic paint in Burnt Umber. 
9. Apply a light coat of DecoArt Weathered Wood and let dry.

10. Paint with second color, Bleached Sand and let dry.
11. You will have an awesome weathered finish to your frame – I am in L-O-V-E with Weathered Wood from DecoArt.
12. Spray with Deft Clear Wood Finish and let dry.
13. Add decoration – decorative nails, tacks, etc. - if desired. I hit a few areas with a dry brushing of Burnt Umber.

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