Tuesday, March 23, 2010

penny pincher canvases

When you get the urge to paint something, don’t let not having a canvas on hand hold you back.
Here is a quick and easy way to set yourself up with one that’s economical and resourceful:

You’ll need an empty wooden picture frame.  Don't worry about raised edges, because the molded frames actually look great for the front of your canvas and make it even more decorative...no need to frame!

Some durable fabric…maybe duckcloth or how about repurposing a tea towel or cloth napkin.

Stretch and staple your chosen fabric to the backside of your frame. Decide which part of the frame you want to be the front of your canvas. Alternate sides as you go to keep fabric taut.

Give yourself a blank canvas by brushing on a coat or two of gesso.

Instant canvas. This is also a great way to introduce your kids to the process of making their own canvases!

Paint away and display it proudly.
Your next masterpiece awaits, my friend! Have at it with gusto!



KV Creative Designs said...
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Contessa Kris said...

What a fabulous idea! I love it!

KV Creative Designs said...
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KV Creative Designs said...

Awesome idea! I have plenty of frames lying around that have had glass broken. Now I have a great way to use them! Thanks Michele!

Artful Blessings,

Cate said...

one of the best ideas for diy canvasses or substrates I've seen in a long time!! thanks so much!! ;)

courage to create said...

Thanks all! They're quick, easy and 'thrifty'....and work beautifully! So many people think you have to make a trip to the art store before you can create art....and that's definitely not the case. Some of the best creations come out of working with what you have. Happy canvas-making my friends! ...michele.

Jules Dolly said...

this is great! just need to buy a staple gun (secretly always wanted one - now a great excuse! : )

Unknown said...

What a fantastic idea! Being a student I'm always looking for cheaper ways to do things and this is a great one! Thanks so much!

Laura Kay said...

GREAT idea!!! have you had any problem with the material sagging after gessoing? Can you post a finished product?

Louise said...

What a fantastic idea, I have everything here somewhere, matbe it is behind that big pile of canvasses :-)


Shena Meadowcroft said...

What an absolutely brilliant idea! THANK YOU! This totally removes the intimidation factor - we have a recycling centre here on our island open twice a week where things are about a $... guess where I'm heading in the morning?

Jennifer Williams said...

Brilliant! I have rolls of canvas laying around because I haven't made the frames yet. This idea never would have crossed my mind in a million years. Thank you!