DIY

"LOVE" Canvas

Teach your young ones the fun of reverse masking with this Valentine’s Day project that can be easily adapted for any age.  Young artists will enjoy being a part of holiday decorating when they create this canvas that will be enjoyed year after year.

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Made By: Dawn Mercedes Barrett

Time: 45 mins plus drying time

Level: Moderate Handiness

Size: 8" x 10" Glue-Dots-LOVE-canvas-supplies

Materials:

Directions: 
Use your electronic die cutting machine to cut out 3” masks for the letters L, V, E and a heart out of heavy card stock. Apply Removable Dots to the back of the letter cut outs and adhere to the front of the canvas.

Tip: Be sure the letters lay flat against the stretched canvas

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Place a cotton ball in the spring clothes pins. Place a small amount of acrylic paint onto the paper plate. 

Tip: This is a great way to allow young artists to experiment….and clean up is easy. Simply throw out the cotton ball!

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Instruct your young artist to gently tap, tap, tap the cotton ball of paint onto the canvas, in an up and down, pouncing motion.

Tip: You may have to “tap off” extra paint if the cotton ball collects too much paint.  Too much paint may bleed under the paper mask.

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When the front of the canvas is covered, set aside and allow the paint to dry.

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When dry, carefully remove the cardstock masks.

Tip: Save these masks for another project. They will have a cool painted look when dried.

To give more definition and interest to the canvas, use a small detail paint brush to apply Americana Décor Light Satin Varnish to the white negative space left from the mask. Allow drying time.

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Use Glue Lines to adhere gingham ribbon around the edge of the canvas for a finished look.

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Apply the ribbon along the whole perimeter of the canvas. 

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 You can stop here…or add bling using Mini Dots to give a little more sparkle to your project!  

Glue-Dots-LOVE-canvas-embellishLittle hands can help you create and embellish this Graphic Canvas because Glue Dots simplify the steps and can easily be handled by young artists!

~ Dawn

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