Monday, February 4, 2013

LOVE Canvas

I knew I wanted to make a canvas that repeated the word Love over and over again. Originally I had thought of doing a quote with Love but just couldn't find one that moved me. So I dug through all of my old paintings that I wanted to paint over. Here's one. Yuck! 

So I used gesso to paint over it (kind of like primer for canvases). 

Then I used white acrylic paint to paint over it (in hindsight, I wish I'd used white spray paint).

Next I cut a variety of fonts and sizes of the word Love out of vinyl using my Cricut.

I started with white because I had a bunch. But ran out, so I had to switch to black and then red. 

Then I spray painted the whole thing red.

Then I removed the vinyl, revealing the white background. I wasn't very happy about the clean edges I got from removing the vinyl.

Another way to do this, would have been to spray paint the canvas red. Then, cut the white vinyl letters out and let it be done.

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David Burk said...


Sarah Evans said...

This is a lovely idea - I made a Valentine's canvas myself this year.

Thanks for linking up :)

Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

I think it turned out very nice! I want to do some sort of word art like this.

Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

Raising Reagan said...

It turned out great! Perfect for Valentines day.
I am a big fan of canvas too!!

Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

(¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

Kelly Westover said...

Oooooooh! That is so cute!

Just love // kelly

Andrea @ This Pug Life said...

I really like this idea. I can see doing something similar for a variety of different occasions.

Fine Craft Guild said...

I love the new sign (, but I kind of also loved that painting with the trees. It had a warm desert mood going on that was quite pleasing....) Anyhow, the new LOVE SIGN it is.
Come link it up at our linky party

Theresa said...

I love how this turned out. No pun intended, lol & seeing it on the mantel displayed it looks great. Stopping in from drop by anytime.

mail4rosey said...

A perfect way to celebrate the Valentine's Day season! I think it came out cute.

I'm visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things. :)

Style Sisters said...

Super all the painted fonts. Come link up to my party and share your idea.

AndiWinslow said...

very nice, andi thewednesdaybaker

Jesh St Germain said...

Hard to overlook! You made a great use of a forgotten canvas!

Yona Williams said...

Hey...I liked the painting with the trees. Thanks for sharing a cool holiday project that you can really do for any occasion.

I'm going to have to look into Cricut products - I've stumbled across it a couple of times...maybe it's something I may want to experiment with.

I'm stopping by to say 'hi' from Katherine's Favorite Things Thursday - better late than never.

Lisa Lynn said...

Love it! Found your post on Thursday Favorite Things! I would love to have you share this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop today :)

Stasa Lynn said...

Super cute! Found you through The Home Acre Blog Hop.

Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Lynn said...

Thanks so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre! I can't wait to see what you share next time at...

Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama said...

Oh, I love this!! You did an amazing job! Thanks for sharing at Artsy Corner, hope to see you again this week.

Emily Thompson said...

I love canvas art!!! Yours turned out really great!! Love it! Thanks so much for linking up to create link inspire party!! You are featured today in my valentines craft round up. I just spread the word all over my social media and tagged you where I could... feel free to share, re-tweet or spread the love however you want... thanks! Come on over and check out your feature. Emily@nap-timecreations

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Erin, I love this! Thank you for sharing! You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party! Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love It!!
I am co hosting Fluster's Creative Muster Link Party!! Thanks so much for linking up!


DesignedByBH said...

This is so neat! I got a Silhouette not too long ago and have been looking for ideas (not that they are lacking). I think it turned out well! Thanks for sharing at Twirl & Take a Bow!

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