Happy Sunday! Today I am sharing a craft I did for Elisabeth over 3 years ago. It was one of the first blog posts I did on the old blog (now it’s one of the most popular searches on Pinterest for puff paint on canvas!). Wait until you see how easy it is to add handwriting to a canvas. It’s a fun and easy craft and you could really play around with the idea to come up with some fun projects.
I decided to use the Michael Buble quote, “Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away.” He is one of Elisabeth’s favorite singers so I knew she’d love it. I printed out words from my computer. Cut the words apart so it will be easier to work with under the wax paper. Then place wax paper on top of the printed paper. I used the puffy white paint that I found near the t-shirts and iron on section of the craft store. Carefully squeeze the paint out and follow the lines of the printed letters. The only little bit of trouble I had was the air bubbles inside the puffy paint that would squirt out while I was writing my letters. I had to redo a couple of the letters but it was easy to wipe off and fix. Keeping a steady hand tight on the paint bottle really helps.
When finished with this part you have to let the puff paint dry for a good 3 hours before carefully removing it from the paper. As you remove it the letters mold back into how you painted/wrote them.
I used mod podge to glue the letters down – that way if I made a mistake and had to move the letters to a new spot the glue wouldn’t show up.
Last, I decided to play around with the paint and make some swirlys to add some detail. You could also print swirlys off and trace them, too. I mod podged the rest of the canvas just to make it look more finished and clean. I am sorry for the photo quality but at least you get a good idea of what it looks like.
You could do a variety of things with this – write quotes and inside jokes, anniversary date, favorite song lines… I think this technique would look great with some abstract watercolor art behind it. Have you been to www.dafont.com yet? There are THOUSANDS of free fonts available for you to download. They have everything from handwriting fonts, to bubble fonts, to block fonts, anything you could want.