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« on: January 10, 2012 05:44:53 PM »



I've made a couple of these whimsy canvases now and thought it might be fun to put together a tutorial for anyone that might be interested in doing the same!

Start with a blank canvas, your whimsies, some glue (I used Elmer's), and your stencil.

Transfer the stencil to the canvas and then start gluing down your whimsies from biggest to smallest size-wise. When you're really close to finishing fill in any tiny areas with seed beads or similar super tiny sized items to give the outline a really clear designation.





Make sure the glue is completely dry before moving onto the next step: covering up the negative space (that hasn't been filled in with whimsies) with contact paper. I use trial and error to get it to fit right - usually by cutting out the stencil and then trimming to make it fit. Then I go back in with small pieces of contact paper to get the outline perfect.

This picture shows you the many cuts and tiny bits I had to use to fill it all in.



And here's a picture of the whole thing before spray painting (I promised someone the last time that I would do this before the painting step so they could see what it looked like)



Now spray paint! Of course take it to a well-ventilated area to work and cover all surfaces. Make sure you're extra thorough when painting to get in all the cracks and crevices. It will likely take at least 2 coats to get it all done.





After the paint is dry peel off the contact paper and marvel at your creation! Wait...there's usually a little bit of overspray along the edges so touch that up with white gesso. Acrylic paint doesn't work too well here as it doesn't want to stick to the slick surface the spray paint creates, but gesso will do just fine.





Finally spray with a final coat of sealer! And you're done! Now you can marvel!



And obligatory close-up shots  Grin







I'd love to see any projects that come of this tutorial. I also have more pictures and details on exactly how to do each step on my blog  Smiley
 


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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2012 05:50:56 PM »

That is so cool!  I am going to pin it in my pinterest! 
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2012 06:01:45 PM »

This is awesome!  I collect flamingos, so I was excited to see them on the front page. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2012 06:09:27 PM »

Wow!!  It's so cool to see it without the paint on it!
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2012 06:20:28 PM »

Wow!!  It's so cool to see it without the paint on it!

I like it better with the paint personally  Smiley I think it makes it a cohesive whole and makes all the individual objects less distracting from the outline like that.
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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2012 06:36:50 PM »

So awesome!!  thanks for the great tute, this is definitely something I want to try (after I clean up the craft room...)  You come up with the neatest ideas Grin
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2012 07:06:45 PM »

This is soo neat! I for sure want to give this a try
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2012 07:46:43 PM »

I click because I saw flamingos (seriously, that would have been well worth the click. looks so cool) but now I'm wowed by your awesome tutorial as well! Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2012 10:27:36 PM »

Love these canvases that you do - Thanks for the awesome tutorial!
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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2012 10:57:42 PM »

What a fantastic and creative idea! And so super awesome of you to share a photo tute!
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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2012 06:11:59 AM »

Love the finished product, and being able to see the process.  How does one end up with such an awesome junk collection?  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2012 06:20:38 AM »

Love the finished product, and being able to see the process.  How does one end up with such an awesome junk collection?  Grin

A lot of hoarding and collecting  Grin I started doing these canvases when I finally decided I had to use up my awesome stash somehow instead of letting it collect dust!
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« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2012 06:32:33 AM »

If you don't get a billion 'this rocks' I'll be surprised!  I can't wait to try your tute.
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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2012 07:29:12 AM »

I love it! I have a question for you, though: wouldn't it be easier to put the contact paper on the image you want to preserve before you glue down all the doodads? What's the advantage to doing it after?
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« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2012 08:19:48 AM »

I love it! I have a question for you, though: wouldn't it be easier to put the contact paper on the image you want to preserve before you glue down all the doodads? What's the advantage to doing it after?

I've never actually done it that way, but it's pretty hard to have a perfectly solid border so there is a little bit of overlap where the junk meets the edge. Putting down the contact paper afterwards allows you to account for that. Also I tend to go glue crazy so I think my biggest fear is just accidentally gluing down the contact paper entirely if I were to put that down first.

If anyone tries to put the contact paper down first let me know how it turns out! I could see it possibly working well on a simple design but the more complicated the shapes the more difficult it would become I think.
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« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2012 08:39:49 AM »

I see some whimsies that used to hang out at my house (before the last whimsy swap).  How fun it is to see them used in this piece of art!
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« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2012 09:07:29 AM »

Wow!!  It's so cool to see it without the paint on it!

I like it better with the paint personally  Smiley I think it makes it a cohesive whole and makes all the individual objects less distracting from the outline like that.

Oh yea...don't get me wrong.. I definitely like it better with paint too!  But I think it's cool to see what the things use to look like.  Smiley 
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« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2012 10:58:11 AM »

OMG - This is sooooo GREAT!  Finally I know what to do with my MAJOR junk collection, thanks so much for the tute Cheesy   
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This is awesome!! I so want to do this! Thanks for the tut!! Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2012 07:27:45 PM »

this is so creative, amazing. without the paint it reminded me of an I spy book, very fun
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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2012 07:38:20 AM »

I see some whimsies that used to hang out at my house (before the last whimsy swap).  How fun it is to see them used in this piece of art!

Yup some of those whimsies made it  Cheesy

Thanks all!  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2012 09:22:03 AM »

Thanks for posting this...PINTEREST TIME!
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« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2012 10:24:02 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial. I definitely want to try this. I've got lots of intereting pieces parts that need to be displayed.
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« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2012 01:13:27 PM »

This is great! Thanks for sharing!!
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« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2012 10:09:54 AM »

This was inspiring to see! I went to the St. Vincent's Dig 'n Save and picked up all the little pieces in the toy bins. Under $4.00 for half a reusable bag of objects PERFECT for this. Doing one now using the sillhouette of Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony.

I started out using the hot glue gun because I couldn't find any Elmer's.

Has there ever been an issue with pieces chipping or falling off the finished piece?
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« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2012 10:34:36 AM »

A piece fell off during shipping once that I know of, but easily fixed. And since it's not really handled much after creation I've never had a problem with anything else falling off - it just hangs on my wall. If you want to try a stronger glue I'd go for some E6000. Hot glue might actually have more issues of things falling off than either Elmer's or E6000 since it doesn't really bond with the material you're gluing like the others do.
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« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2012 01:03:58 PM »

Awww It s so cute. perfect for upcoming Valentines Day.
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« Reply #27 on: January 14, 2012 06:21:44 PM »

Yea, when I got it there were like three pieces that fell off.  I just glued them back on with elmers glue...and no more has fallen off since I hung it up. Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: January 15, 2012 07:59:12 PM »

I was so inspired by this post!! I made my own:
11x13 canvas Smiley (its a boy and girl kissing, i had a couple people tell me they couldnt see what it was)






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« Reply #29 on: January 16, 2012 04:34:57 AM »

That looks great! I saw the figures within a couple of seconds - it might be that the contrast between the white canvas and the luster color isn't so great as to make it instantly obvious but I think it's awesome!  Cheesy
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« Reply #30 on: January 17, 2012 04:57:13 PM »

thanks Smiley Its actually much more contrasted in person. I used e6000, and its all held up really well. for the beads in between all the whimsies i used super glue so it would seep into the cracks better.
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« Reply #31 on: January 19, 2012 10:48:46 AM »

I absolutely love these.  I hope to see more of these.  I might have to try some of these!!!
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« Reply #32 on: January 22, 2012 07:17:44 PM »

Thank you for such a wonderful tutorial. Here is what I've made.

I traced a silhouette of Smurfette kissing a smurf from my smurf coloring book. Since I had some extra plastic window covers (the kind you use to make a frosted window), I used that inside of contact paper. Once out, it actually makes a neat blue plastic silhouette that I'm going to use for something later. I also used E6000 glue like you suggested.



A few close up shots



Pictured is my old drum key, game pieces of my initials, hand cuff keys, ladybug button, broken chain, beads bits and buttons, and a moon face stone.



Pictured here is a little mermaid pen cap as well as many other bits and pieces.

My six year old son has started his collection of broken bits, bottle cups, and numerous action figure arms. I promised him that we'd make a Spider-Man silhouette and spray paint it red. He's very excited and I'm excited that my hoarder of a son found a useful way to use the broken bits of his favorite toys that he won't part with.

Thanks again for a wonderful tutorial!
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« Reply #33 on: January 23, 2012 05:02:30 AM »

That looks so great! I can't wait to see how the one for your son turns out!  Cheesy Such a charming story.
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Here is the one my son helped make. He gathered up most of the items and picked out the picture he wanted out of his coloring book. I thought he'd help me glue but he was so afraid of putting things in the wrong place so I ended up gluing. But he'd stayed and watched. He was very excited.

Unfortunately, it rained the passed couple days and his little canvas had to wait to be spray painted. I need to touch up the silhouette with some paint, especially around the feet.
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« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2012 04:02:40 PM »

This is great!!! I'm gonna have to try this asap!!
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« Reply #36 on: January 28, 2013 09:26:24 AM »

Fabulous! What a great project  Smiley I just might have to try that myself!
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