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I had a large two-story wall that needed something.. and it needed to be big.

Artwork from local artists was out of the question. The one I wanted, in the size I needed, was $5,000.

I decided saving money and spending some time (ok a lot of time) was worth the trade-off.

Now, with that said, it can be a journey. I started about a year ago with a trip to Hobby Lobby to buy a roll of canvas. I needed BIG, bigger than sold in stores (for a reasonable price). I wanted a 5X7 foot canvas.

Next stop, Home Depot for the wood to build the frame (I doubled up on wood on the outside because I like a thick canvas that stands out more from the wall).

AUDIO: Click HERE to hear podcast on my frame building experience.

The frame was pretty simple. It’s a rectangle and you can choose how you want the wood placed in between to make the canvas sturdy. Before the Artistic Part

I went with two vertical boards spaced evenly inside the rectangle.

Everything was going well until that point. Then, the frustration began.

I tried to add Gesso to the canvas before stapling to frame. The fabric gathers where the Gesso is applied. I managed to smooth out the canvas and staple to the frame. That’s when the project started to become enjoyable.

pic4To save cash, I used semi-gloss wall paint for the base color (the red). I used a plastic grocery store bag to apply an orange gloss on top to add texture. For the stripes, I used painters tape and oil paints.

Here’s my advice:

  • Don’t want to build a canvas? Clamp several together, paint and spread out on the wall
  • I used wall paint for the base and applied gloss with a garbage bag in a circular motion
  • Use painters tape to create shapes
  • Oil paint takes a long time to dry. If you don’t like the effect, it’s easy to maneuver
  • To create the effect (like the wide black line), use wide foam brush and twist circles
  • To recreate bottom portion, lay lace on canvas and spray with paint