My Inspiration – Sea Meets Sky
DIY Beach Art On A Canvas Drop Cloth
- Large canvas drop cloth
- Frame or ready made stretcher bars. If ambitious you can also build your own frame with 1 x 2 boards
- Iron or steamer
- Staple gun (and staples)
- Large paint brush
- Throw away plate
- Drop cloth to protect your working surface
- Acrylic craft paint or watercolor paint
With frequent projects around our home I have a stack of painters drop cloth pieces that are at the ready for anything! I found one that is just the right size in my pile in the garage, so I grabbed a canvas drop-cloth and cut it to size. My painters tarp was used and was soft from several washings. If you are doing any project with with canvas I recommend that you wash it first. You can also bleach canvas, which you’d probably want to do if using for a finished project like drop cloth curtains.
I left a few inches on all sides when cutting to allow for wrapping on the stretcher bars. If you have wrinkles in your canvas after washing, you can steam or iron them out. My new washer and dryer both have a steam only setting which such a time saver for a project like this! Read more here My Stylish Functional Laundry Room Reveal. There is also a terrific spray that you can use to remove wrinkles and you’ll find that HERE.
Next I pulled it as tight as I could and with my staple gun I went at it to the frame from the back, tucking the corners. Thankfully I studied art in college and did most of my own canvas stretching so the tricks were still embedded in my brain. Kind of like riding a bike!
Now we are ready, but drop-cloths tend to be porous and it needed to be whiter for my painting. I gave it a nice thick coat of Liquitex Gesso and let it dry. One of my most popular posts shows another use for gesso and you can find that HERE.
And, today I’m joined by a fabulous group of blogging friends who are also sharing their Summer DIY Ideas as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Summer Series…
Just click on the links below the images to be taken to their posts and see what they’re sharing today. I’m blown away by all the awesome summer DIY ideas!
5 Minute Dollar Store DIY Hit Wall at The Happy Housie
Anthro Octopus Knockoff at Craftberry Bush
Summer Activities Tree at The Handmade Home
Easy Ways to Bring Colour Into Your Home for Summer at Tatertots and Jello
Rustic Birdhouse Garden DIY Decor from the Dollar Store at The DIY Mommy
DIY Shell Planter Tutorial at Zevy Joy
Painted Wood Jewelry Dish at Paint Me Pink
DIY Beach Art on a Canvas at Shabbyfufu
DIY Concrete Vase at Place of My Taste
How to Dress Up Your Walls For Summer at My Sweet Savannah
DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Liberty Burlap Party Banner at She Gave it A Go
Campfire S’Mores Gift Basket Idea at Modern Glam
How to Paint a Concrete Patio at The Turquoise Home
DIY Hanging Garden Trellis at A Pretty Life
DIY Coastal Window Box at Finding Silver Pennies
DIY Rainbow Book Art at Life is a Party
DIY Tabletop Marshmallow Roaster at Sincerely, Marie Designs
How to Make a Sign the Easy Way at Confessions of a Serial DIYer
DIY Bird House at Seeking Lavender Lane
Simple Botanical Watercolour at Lemon Thistle
DIY S’mores Bar at Clean & Scentsible