Canvas, Scrapbook Paper and Mod Podge

Well, I had this canvas print featuring a big, bold number 3 on my wall for over a year. When I first came across this canvas print at a sale about about two years ago, I thought “Great! The little boy would love it! He’s so into numbers now and he’ll be 3 next year.” And it cost $5 or less.

A canvas art print featuring a big number 3.

After we had it up, it formed a rather strange wall decor. What is 3 supposed to mean? It didn’t really blend in with our house decor, not that there’s much house decor to speak of in the first place. This canvas print stuck out.

At the back of my mind, I told myself that someday I would eventually get out the acrylic painting supplies I’ve spent over $50 on two years ago and use them to create a canvas painting using this number 3 canvas. Nothing’s done so far.

Two days ago, I ran a few items through my head that I I’d like to have done this year end school holidays, and transforming this number 3 canvas is one of those goals.

Yesterday was the day I did it.

Initially, I had wanted to paint the whole canvas in white and yellow stripes, and then paint a big red heart right smack in the middle. I was inspired by ideas I saw from Pinterest. Then I thought that’s quite ambitious, as I don’t have a bottle of gesso to cover up the whole canvas, and I don’t have painter tape to work the stripes, and I don’t have bright yellow and a nice red acrylic paints. So I changed directions. I decided to use scrapbook paper.

Looking at the canvas print, my 12×12 scrapbook paper wasn’t big enough to cover it all, and I kind of fancy the distressed black polka dots border so that shall stay. While browsing through my scrapbook paper stash, I found this piece of scrapbook paper that I thought is perfect for my canvas print! It’s called Document under the Journal-it collection by Teresa Collins.

I set to work. and it’s very easy to create what I’ve done!

Supplies Needed:

  • Canvas
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Cardstock
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Printer
  • Scissors

Steps to Creating DIY Canvas Art Print

1. Applied a layer of Mod Podge all over the canvas. I used the Matte one because I couldn’t open up my bottle of Glossy Lustre.

2. Applied a layer of Mod Podge all over the back of the scrapbook paper. Then I quickly eyeballed the position and set down the scrapbook paper onto the canvas.

3. Next, applied a layer of Mod Podge on top of the scrapbook paper and taking care to apply on all four paper edges.

Applied a piece of  scrapbook paper on to the canvas using Mod Podge.

4. Went online to search for “printable heart shape” and found one I like from Coolest Free Printables. Printed it out on a piece of white printing paper, and cut out the heart shape with my Cutter Bee scissors. Using this cutout as a template, I traced the heart-shaped outline onto red cardstock. After which, I again cut it out using my scissors.

5. Allowed the canvas print to air dry for a day. This morning, I applied Mod Podge on the back of the heart-shaped cardstock, stuck it down onto the scrapbook paper, and applied another layer of Mod Podge atop the heart-shaped. Done!

DIY canvas art print featuring a big red heart shape on scrapbook paper.

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