Hello everyone and welcome to the Yard Art Group! I am always so excited to share my latest creation for my yard or my porch with you.
About a year ago, Big and I went to Luckets to do some shopping and meet Mrs. Mustard Seed. I just love her! Anyway, I found a beautiful Butterfly poster and knew that I wanted it for my sun porch. I also knew that I didn’t want to just hang the poster with thumb tacks. I put the poster aside and put my thinking cap on.
I finally came up with the idea to make the poster look like a painting. I knew I didn’t want to spend a lot of money framing it. Since it would be in the sun, I was sure it would fade after a while. So I decided to glue it to a canvas.
I am very happy with the results. To me it looks like an aged painting and I am happy with the way it looks on my Sun Porch. Just so you know, this is not waterproof. If your porch gets wet, I would not suggest using this there.
Here is how I created this “Painting”
- Art Canvas (size depends on your poster size – choose a canvas that is a few inches larger than your poster)
- Acrylic Paint (I used Apple Barrel, but any brand will work) (I used two different colors, but that is up to you)
- Foam Brush
- Glue (I used Elmers, you can use Modge Podge also)
Find a spot that will allow you to lay the canvas out flat. Place a sheet of plastic under the canvas (if you are messy like me). Using my foam brush, I tested a couple paints out to see which I liked the best. I tested them in the center of the canvas since I knew that would be covered with the poster.
Using the foam brush, I painted the canvas edges. I went about two to three inches towards the center. I let this dry.
I then dry brushed a coat of darker paint on the first. My second coat of paint had a bit of a sheen to it and I thought it made the canvas look more like a frame.
I didn’t get a photo of the last step, sorry! Here is what I did: I mixed about a 1/4 cup of Elmer’s Glue with about 1 tablespoon of water. I brushed the top area of the canvas and then laid the top portion of the poster on the glue. I kept adding glue to the canvas and then put more of the poster on the glue. Once the entire poster had been glued to the canvas, I brushed the top of the poster with the glue/water mixture. I allowed my foam brush to pick up a little of the paint from the sides of the canvas. I liked the way the paint on the poster gave it an antique look.
I decided to add a second coat of the glue/water mixture when the first coat was completely dry. I think it will make the poster/painting a little more durable.
I am very happy with the way it looks. Now to come up with something for the blank part of the wall next to it!
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