I got inspired by this post from A Beautiful Mess in which they painted lines on constructed outdoor throw pillows. I decided to do a little project with A for an open space that we had on one of our living room walls. Here is how it turned out:

Painted Canvas: Cupcakes and Commentary

I was really pleased with overall result. I had left over cotton fabric that matched two covered canvases I have on the other side of our television:

DIY Canvases/ CupcakesandCommentaryNot the best picture, but you get the idea.

I covered a large bulletin board I had in our garage with the fabric, folded it like a present and stapled the edges to the wood part of the board. I also had to remove the hanging pieces and re-nail them so the board would hang vertically, which was the most involved part of the project. I have to say I did a happy dance when I realized I had not only measured and re-nailed them correctly, but hung the canvas and it was level! Woot. That was not so much the case with the canvases on the other side, that I need to fix eventually.

Once I got that done, then I let A pick out (with my help) five acrylic paint colors to use (he picked purple, a light blue, a dark blue, gold, and black), which actually matched really well with our color scheme in the living room.

We then used a sponge paint brush and I showed him how to dip the paint and then place it in different spots around the canvas. I am sure you can tell which part was my handiwork and which was his, and I really liked the end result that it has some organization and some chaos to the whole design, but it all ties together.

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I am eventually going to add a side table and lamp to help complete this corner, but for right now we just have a toy basket there because of J. I have a really hard time picking out “art” for a room, so I love being able to come up with projects that I can do that work out so they don’t look like craft-art, but are our own work.

Here is a list of the supplies if you want to try it yourself!

Staple gun

Sponge paint brush

5 Acrylic Paints (You can also use fabric paints)

Large Bulletin Board

Cotton fabric (or you could do canvas, or a thick cotton-linen blend) large enough to cover bulletin board

Patience, if you are working with a four and a half year old. Ha! Happy Saturday!

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