Monday, June 27, 2016

Freda Kahlo

I wanted to make some cheap and easy wall art for my Gypsy Room that I could make in under a half hour...  I already had the canvas, and I also had the black spray paint and the Mod Podge.  All I needed was to print off some images from the Internet.... and puff!  Here's what I came up with!





If you want to make something like this, here's what I did: First, spray-paint your canvas in whatever color you want from top to bottom (I chose black for a bold effect), and let dry completely.  Believe me when I say 'wait'... I was too impatient and glued away my images onto the still wet canvas, and what a big mess I made.  Wait, if you want to succeed.   

Because I wanted something artsy and bright that could stand out from the black background of the canvas, I chose some colorful Freda Kahlo's paintings (always check for copyrights before doing this though).  Printed out the imagges in a size smaller than the canvas, because I wanted the black paint to show, and used my scissors to cut it. 

When the canvas was completely dried I coated it in Mod Podge using a small round foam brush and centered the printable on it. I also put an extra coat of Mod Podge across the front of the canvas for a protective top coat.

Careful not to rip the image, smooth it out and let dry overnight...

Your art may look somewhat wrinkled immediately after you're done with it, but no worries.  The image will eventually set onto the canvas nicely as it dries overnight... 





I learned this by pure coincidence...  I was so disappointed after I was done gluing the image onto the canvas because of all the wrinkles, that I almost trashed them away... but what a nice surprise it was the following morning to see all the wrinkles gone and the canvas perfectly smoothed out!  





And that's all!

 Loving my Freda Kahlo's canvas...

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8 comments:

  1. These are beautiful! Love what you did!

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  2. What vibrant décor to add to your walls. Great job!

    Judy

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  3. Cielo, I adore the art of Frida Kahlo, and have been privileged to view some of her works 'in the flesh'. These are a lovely tribute and so perfect for you! A beautiful job. Please come and share at Five Star Frou-Frou on Friday? Love, Mimi xxx

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    1. Thankyou Sweetness. A joy to host you. Mimi xxx

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  4. They came out just wonderful. I love Frida.. I did my hair like her this passed thanksgiving because I had found a large hair comb with pretty roses and it reminded me of her. I love what you did going to give it a try. Thank you for sharing my dear, with love Janice

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    1. Thank you Janice... bet you looked lovely with you Frida's comb on your hair...

      Cielo

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  5. Very creative pictures of Frida Kahlo! Love it.

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