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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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Linnybelle
« 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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