i should be mopping the floor: DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial

This DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial was made using Sharpie oil based paint markers...making the multi-colored design a breeze. I've got the complete tutorial, including the aging process, below.

DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
I've been needing something for the wall above the piano. I knew I wanted to have a hymn of some kind on display, but wasn't sure how to go about it. Then I stumbled onto a great canvas at the thrift store and this piece started to come together. 



DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
I just love this hymn...

Come thou fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
I'll praise the mount I'm fixed upon it
Mount of thy redeeming love...

I'm guessing it's obvious which line is my favorite.
I just think it's the perfect line for above a piano.
("Here I raise my Ebenezer" would have seemed a bit out of place...heh, heh).


DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
I talk about this a lot on this blog...but I'm very cheap when it comes to art. So much so that I buy canvases (canvii?) at the thrift store and paint over them. I felt like I hit the lottery with this one...it had a custom frame, y'all! This would have cost me over $200 to create and have custom framed if I hadn't scored it at a thrift store. The first place I head in my Goodwill is back to the art section (really it's just a large bin). Most of it is stuff I wouldn't consider, but thick canvases go straight into my buggy to make art out of. And since this house is a bit bigger than our last...we have some wall space to fill up!

DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
Since I weather and vintage-ize most of my pieces I create, using old artwork isn't a big issue. I just paint over them with chalk paint for a new-to-me blank canvas. 


DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
These Sharpie Oil-based Paint Markers are my new craft obsession. They make creating canvases like this a breeze (so much easier than a bottle of paint and brushes!). I've always wanted to create a multi-colored word canvas, but it proved to be a bit much with the traditional medium. The ease of these markers made this project really do-able and quite simple, really. I grabbed my Sharpie Paint Markers at Michaels. Be sure to check your local newspaper and online for Michaels coupons while supplies last. Because...who doesn't love a good Michaels coupon?

Oh, and SCORE! All Sharpie Paint Markers are BOGO 50% off at Michaels Stores June 5th through 11th and again June 19th through 25th while supplies last.


DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
I used my vinyl machine to create my words. I actually weeded the vinyl in reverse of what I normally do...to create a stencil. If you don't have a vinyl machine, you could use actual stencils and lay out your words.

I painted back over the vinyl to seal it before using my markers. I mainly did this because this particular canvas was super textured.

DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
These paint markers take me back to my junior high cheerleading days...we would use the old school paint markers to create signs. These new Sharpie Paint Markers have taken the paint marker to an entirely new level of awesomeness. They're oil-based, so the paint looks like actual paint...not marker. It goes on a lot thicker and smoother than the old kind I remember from 25 years ago. 


DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
The markers come with a white tip that you'll just press down to get the paint flowing.
                                                                                                                       
DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
I love these Sharpie Paint Markers because they can be used on just about any surface: metal, pottery, wood, rubber, glass, plastic, stone, and more (like canvas!). They're resistant to water, fading, and abrasion and they dry super fast. These are so awesome for my kind of canvas art. It was really simple to switch back and forth with all the colors I used on this one...I truly would have never done this type of piece without these!


DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
After I let it dry (didn't take long!), I roughed up the entire piece with a medium-grit sanding block to make it look old.


DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
I also did two layers of chalk paint on the frame of the piece...first black and then white. I used the edge of a candlestick in between the coats to prevent the paint from sticking too much. Before it was completely dry, I took my same sanding sponge (because it was pretty much done for) and wiped the edges to remove the paint on the frame. This gave the frame an equally rough look that the canvas was about to have as well. 


DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
Kind of funny...I truly couldn't ever un-attach the frame all the way around without pulling the canvas off the frame. Sometimes I pulled it up to work, but other times I left it. I literally just popped the whole thing with a rubber mallet on one side to make sure the piece was secure.


I aged the piece a bit further with a dark finishing wax (available in most hardware stores). It's a two step process and you'll need to work very quickly. 



DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
Working in small sections (about 6" sections work best for me), brush on the wax and then immediately wipe it off with a soft cloth (I used my kids' old undershirts). The dark wax really deepens the colors...you can really tell where I sanded once it's applied. If you happen to get the piece too dark, you can go back with a natural wax and remove the dark wax using another soft cloth.


DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
I'm super happy with how it came out. This can be seen through one of our front windows, too...which makes me really happy when I walk or drive by our house.


DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
This room is really starting to come together. When we hosted a big family gathering over Memorial Day weekend, we had kids playing on the piano, a well-skilled musician strumming (and tuning...score!) the guitar, a record player spinning in another corner and just loads of beautiful music with voices and laughter everywhere all through the house. I'm so grateful we purchased this home...it's a dream come true, y'all. Popcorn ceilings, avocado tiles, and all.  

DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
I know the vintage office lamp isn't everyone's cup of tea...but I love that thing. We found it in an antique store owned by the nicest British man on Hildebrand in San Antonio. It may or may not have been the only vintage office lamp we bought that day. It actually works great for my kids when they practice piano. (Although it has a circular tube-shaped bulb...not a clue how we'll replace that when it finally goes out!)


DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.


DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
To be completely honest, he does not usually play from the old church hymnal (how quaint and precious would that be, y'all?). I stashed the commercial-looking piano lesson books for the photo shoot. ;)


DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
Have you tried the new Sharpie oil based paint markers, yet?
Get over to Michaels and get you some!


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7 comments:

  1. What a great idea to use paint pens to paint stencils. I rarely use stencils because it's so hard to fillall of the little corners with paint.

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  2. This is SO pretty! I can't believe you did it with a Sharpie!

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  3. We have about a million Sharpie markers already but now I need to get some of the oil based paint markers!

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  4. Wow, what a transformation! Clever use of the stencil (I can't make pretty hand-lettering to save my life ;-) ).

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  5. This is GORGEOUS! And I love those oil based markers - I've used them before on glass. They are amazing!

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  6. So pretty! I need to head to Goodwill for those old canvases.

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  7. Love this! What a great idea! Now I have to go get Sharpie oil paint pens.

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