I’m calling it art, but not much is involved. I have been wanting a better way to display some of my favorite bible verses around the house, rather than just tacking up index cards. What I did- was pretty easy, it just takes a little time. I made these while sitting down for the evening and watching a little TV. You can get a tutorial off of Pinterest, there are about a million of them out there, but the concept is simple.
First, I decided on a canvas size of 8×10’s, (but I actually grabbed 9×12’s apparently….sooo..these are actually 9×12’s) mostly because I could buy these in bulk at a cheap price. I bought these bad boys at a great price that I absolutely DO NOT remember because they have been sitting in my closet for probably a decade, waiting on me to FINALLY have time to do something with them.
Next, I typed up the verse in Photoshop and printed it out. I decided to go this route rather than paint fully by hand so they would look more uniform, as it may be another decade before I finally finish this entire project.
The Next step is the easiest and quickest step. I used a graphite pencil because it was sitting there, closest to me, willing me to use it. But a No. 2 works just as well. I then proceeded to color the back of the paper.
Making sure that I cover anywhere there are words that I want to transfer. (This is just a common-sense thing, but I understand… I have those days too… that’s why its included in this “tutorial”.) And I’m also gonna go with the assumption, if you are reading this “tutorial” then you’ve never been on Pinterest or ever had a Kindergarten class. So I just want to be thorough for you. 😉 No judgment. (ok… maybe just a little. ;P )
I then used drafting tape to keep my paper still on the canvas. You can use scotch tape, painters tape, or even masking tape, just something that won’t hurt your canvas. It doesn’t have to stick well either, just well enough to transfer your image.
The next step is to sharpen your pencil and outline your image. This will take some time. Be sure, if you are using a canvas, you don’t push TO hard. But you will need to apply some pressure in order to get your image to transfer.
After making sure all was transferred, I then used black acrylic paint and a very thin brush. I watered down the acrylic to a consistency that looked like ink. Maybe just a little thicker. I wanted to be sure the paint looked black on white rather than a greyish color.
And there you go. If you have done this project at least once in your life you are OFFICIALLY an EXPERT at it. Pretty simple.
I am only capable of doing maybe two of these in an evening and It may be some time before I get more than these two, as I have a lot of verses I am planning on displaying. So maybe if my blog is still going in ten years, I may eventually share my completed project with y’all! Go ME!
You may wonder why I didn’t just print these out, stick them in a frame and call it a day. You can certainly do that, personally, I wanted the canvas look. I am also hoping that the canvas will reduce some of the echo in my home. I also want to have an excuse the next time I see a good deal on canvas and my husband tries to roll his eyes at me. I’ll shut that down!
If you’d like to do these yourself- You can Click HERE and HERE for the images to print. I kept mine plain and simple, but you can always spice these up. -You Know, assuming you have all the time in the world. 😉