Monday, September 19, 2011

DIY: Simple State Canvas Art

I'm slowly transitioning Monkey Man's "nursery" into more of a "big boy" room!
Slowly being the key word, I'm not ready for him to be a "big boy" just yet! :( 
Not ready at all.
But I am ready to rid the room of the cutesy sailboats.

I'm really loving all the galley walls that I am seeing everywhere! I love that you can add to it over time as you collect meaningful pieces. I love that you can easily change out the pictures! A gallery wall seems perfect for a little boys bedroom - a growing gallery wall for a growing boy with growing interests!

I want the wall in his big boy room to have the perfect combination of art, pictures and meaningful quotes. I envision sweet pictures of him as a baby, wild pictures of him as a toddler, pictures that show him growing and exploring and loving. I also want art. Fun art, real art, art that he makes, quotes on canvas - a hod podge of meaningfulness.

I also want to do it on a budget. :)

As I mentioned, I am very much over the "cutesy sailboat" theme in the room and this little beauty was one of the first things to go! The picture wasn't what I wanted, but the canvas was still in great condition. Rather than throw it in the goodwill bag, I decided to recycle it with a little paint!

Using acrylic paint that I already had, I covered up the sailboat!

Then I used my silhouette and vinyl to cut out the state of Texas (where Monkey was born). I just downloaded the shape for .99 from the store! If you don't have a silhouette, you could simply find an image on google, print it and cut it out!
I love using vinyl as a stencil -- just make sure you use you 40% coupons to buy it!
Using a foam brush and blue paint, I painted inside the Texas stencil.

Now go color with your little Picasso while the paint dries!

Pull up the stencil and that's it .... handmade, inexpensive, personalized "art" on canvas!
I've got a few more finishing touches and I'll show you the whole wall!

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  1. LOVE it! Of course who doesn't love Texas. :)

  2. love this...esp 'cuz i love texas! we just moved from dallas to philly last year and are missing the heck outta that state! well, except for those 100+ degree days!

    i'm your newest follower!


  3. Cute! I love Texas :) I would love it if you would stop by and share at the link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
    I hope to see you soon,

  4. Super cute idea! I'm your newest follower from the Blog Hop. Come and enter my Missoni giveaway here and folow me back :)

  5. Totally cool idea!! And I guess I'm also a little biased as I'm also a proud Texan :)

  6. love this! i've been wanting to do this for my boys' room - thank you for sharing!

  7. (found ya on a link party)
    This is awesome. I love painting canvas but never thought you use a stencil..silly me! Thanks for sharing!


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