Create custom art for your whole house with pre-stretched canvas and the designs printed on paper napkins. If you can make a collage, you can create your own artwork. Pre-stretched canvases with wooden frames, available in art supply and craft stores, save you the work of stretching and stapling your own. Decoupage medium, a form of white glue that dries clear, allows you to attach the napkin art to the canvas. Cover large canvases with many napkins or small canvases with a single square.
1 Cover your work surface with newspaper to protect it from drips. Lay the canvas face-up on the newspaper.
2 Paint the canvas with a small paint roller or large sponge brush. Use acrylic paint in white or a light color that coordinates with the napkins.
3 Separate the napkins into single layers and carefully cut around your chosen design with decoupage scissors. Lay out the design on a piece of white paper the same size as the canvas to organize the layers before gluing them down.
4 Coat the canvas with decoupage medium after the paint is completely dry. Use a sponge brush or paint roller to apply the initial layer.
5 Transfer the napkin design to the canvas, laying the pieces down carefully. Allow the first layer of decoupage medium to dry completely.
6 Apply another layer of decoupage medium over the napkin art. The napkins are fragile, so use a sponge brush and short strokes. Work outward from the center of the canvas.
7 Allow the decoupage medium to dry and apply two more layers, allowing each to dry in between, to seal the canvas.
Items you will need
- Acrylic paint
- Pre-stretched canvas
- Small paint roller
- Sponge brush
- Decoupage medium
- Decoupage scissors
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