December 14, 2015  

‘All is Calm, All is Bright’ canvas sign tutorial

You’ve joined me for an incredible day! I’ve teamed up with the Silhouette Challenge blogger group to bring you 32 fantabulous holiday-themed projects you can make with your Silhouette cutting machine. I’m sharing my canvas art project with you here, and at the bottom of this post you’ll find links to all of the other projects.

What pretty canvas art to hang up at Christmas time! Made with cheap canvas and lettering with her Silhouette

There is one wall in our dining room that’s been feeling rather left out since we moved in last year. It’s been sitting empty, waiting for me to hang something on it. After a year of waiting, the wall is finally getting in the holiday spirit. I had two 16 x 20 inch canvases waiting for a purpose, so I set out to make them into a set of holiday art for our dining room. Here’s how you can make masterpieces just like mine:

Step 1 | Paint a base coat (this will be the color of your lettering)

To get started, use a small roller brush to roll a coat of paint over the entire canvas. Use the color you want your words to be (I chose white).

Step 2 | Design lettering in Silhouette Studio

While the paint dries, design your lettering. I decided on the phrase “All is calm, all is bright”, and thought it would work well to split the phrase with half on one canvas and half on the other. To get started, I designed my text in the Silhouette Studio design program. I set my document size to the dimensions of my canvas and played with the font layout until I got it just right.

Step 3 | Cut out lettering

Use your Silhouette to cut out your lettering. You could use vinyl or go the cheaper route and use some cheap contact paper (that’s what I did for this one). You can feed a piece of your roll straight into your Silhouette, no mat necessary. Determine your blade setting and then start cutting. I used the ‘test cut’ function in the cut window to test a couple different blade settings until I found one that cut all the way through the sticky contact paper, but not through its backing.

Step 4 | Transfer lettering onto canvas

Once the words are cut out, you need to transfer them onto the canvas. To do this, you can use transfer tape or clear contact paper will also work. Cut a piece of your transfer material to the size of your text and place the sticky side down on top of your lettering. Use your scraper tool to smooth everything out and make sure it is stuck down really well.

Then, pull the transfer material up slowly. Your goal is to pull the contact paper letter with it, leaving the backing behind. It takes some patience, but just go slowly and use your hook tool to pull up the ends of letters if they get stuck.

Once all of your words are stuck onto the transfer material, hold it over the canvas and make sure it’s aligned before sticking it down. Smooth everything down using your scraper tool, and then slowly pull up the transfer material while leaving the letters stuck to the canvas. This can take some patience, but it’s pretty easy to do.

Tip: My cheapo contact paper wasn’t sticking to the canvas, so I sprayed a light layer of acrylic spray to make the lettering more sticky.

Here are my letters transferred onto the canvas:

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Step 5 | Paint another layer of base coat

Once your lettering is in place, roll another layer of your base coat paint on top of the letters. This seals their edges so there’s less chance of your top colors seeping underneath.

Step 6 | Select your color palette

While waiting for your paint to dry, get your paint ready. You will want several different shades of your color.

I envisioned a dark blue, starry sky feel for my canvas set. I decided to test out my painting plan on a piece of scrap paper. I had a bottle of blue acrylic paint on hand, and I mixed it with white and black to create three different shades of blue. I also had a little bottle of metallic blue acrylic paint that I thought would add a little shimmer as a top layer.

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Step 7 | Paint layers of color

Use a scrap of cardboard to paint your canvas. It will make nice streaks and blend your colors slightly. Add a layer of your lightest color first. The best part of this project is that the painting doesn’t have to be perfect.

Calm and Bright Canavas Tutorial 2

While the first layer is still wet, layer your darker colors on top. Add random streaks of different colors until you like the way it looks.

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At this point, leave your canvas home until they are about 75% dry.

Step 8 | Add final paint and dusting of glitter

If you’d like, add some light streaks of another paint on top of your nearly dry paint. I added my metallic paint at this stage. After your last layer of paint is complete, sprinkle a light dusting of glitter on the wet paint.

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Now it’s time to let these masterpieces dry completely. I left mine alone overnight. This is the worst part of the project, because I so badly wanted to pull up my lettering and see my finished project.

Step 9 | Remove contact paper lettering and touch up paint

Once they are dry, use your hook tool to slowly peel up the contact paper lettering. This step is weirdly satisfying! The letters should pull up fairly easily, leaving a crisp edge. There were a couple spots where my contact paper wasn’t stuck down well enough and a bit of blue paint seeped underneath. I touched those spots up with a very small paint brush and white paint. Do any touch ups you need.

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Step 10 | Add more glitter as you see fit

After stepping back to admire these beauties, I decided adding a little more glitter wouldn’t hurt 😉 If you want to add more shimmer, dip a paint brush in Elmer’s glue and paint it on the area’s you want glitterized. Then dump your glitter on top of the glue and pat it down with your fingers. Once the glue is dry, brush off the excess glitter and your canvas art is complete!

What pretty canvas art to hang up at Christmas time! Made with cheap canvas and her Silhouette

What pretty canvas art to hang up at Christmas time! Made with cheap canvas and her Silhouette

I was careful not to show you this wall during the holiday tour of my dining room last week, because I really wanted to save it as a surprise to show you today!

What pretty canvas art to hang up at Christmas time! Made with cheap canvas and her Silhouette (tutorial)


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge friends and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of holiday-themed Silhouette inspiration!

Easy Glitter Snowflake Ornament Ornament Surprise BoxMerry & BrightChristmas Stocking Gift Card HolderHoliday Projects with Heat Transfer VinylChristmas Tree Card DisplayEasy DIY Hello Kitty OrnamentsFa la la Christmas ShirtMake Printed Holiday Tea TowelsChristmas Tree Countdown: December Silhouette ChallengeModern Advent Calendar'All is Calm, All is Bright' Canvas Sign TutorialDIY Faux Aged Copper Snowflake Ornaments from a Cereal Box!"Good King Wenceslas" Christmas Mondegreen Cutting BoardSew Easy Pillow CoversEasy Gold Striped Monogram OrnamentMonthly Dry Erase PlannerHandmade Christmas TagsCactus Gift + Printable Buffalo Plaid Gift TagsCoffee Mug Gift for the Star Wars GeekHot Chocolate Stirring Spoons & Gift Tags Cut FileMerry and Bright Christmas PillowDamask Reindeer PrintIkea Star OrnamentDIY Etched Nativity OrnamentFa La La La Pillow {Tutorial}DIY Split Monogram PillowFun Holiday Gift Tags - Free Print and CutEtched in GlassDIY Easy Red and White Christmas Pillows3 Easy Ways to Create Christmas Baby Onesies with HTVEasy Christmas Gifts for Teachers and Classmates

1. Beauty in the Mess // 2. JustTyra // 3. Dream a Little Bigger // 4. Simply Kelly Designs // 5. The Stamp Doc // 6. From Wine to Whine // 7. TheKimSixFix // 8. unOriginal Mom // 9. HaberdasheryFun // 10. Tastefully Frugal // 11. Sisters, What! // 12. Small Stuff Counts // 13. Where The Smiles Have Been // 14. Whatcha Workin’ On? // 15. Designed Decor // 16. Architecture of a Mom // 17. Decor Adventures // 18. Create & Babble // 19. Tori Grant Designs // 20. Tried & True // 21. The Thinking Closet // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. Get Silvered // 24. McCall Manor // 25. Cutesy Crafts // 26. Ginger Snap Crafts // 27. My Favorite Finds // 28. Cupcakes&Crowbars // 29. Pineapples & Pinecones // 30. The Crafting Nook // 31. It Happens in a Blink // 32. Alayna’s Creations

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Emily Counts is the founder of Small Stuff Counts, a home and organization blog she created in 2013. Her goal is to help moms make home life easier so they can create beautiful, organized, and thriving homes. She shares life at home as a mom juggling two young kids and being a working mom with a corporate job. The Iowa-based blogger lives in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and rescue dog. Emily has collaborated with brands including The Container Store, Cricut, Command Brand, Bissell, Sam's Club and Rubbermaid.

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