Art for living room

in art, DIY, my home  15 comments
Oct 16 2007
The canvas I painted with Seaweed Stripe

I finally got some funky art in the living room behind one of the lounges! I thought of getting one of my favourite fabrics, stretch it over a long canvas frame and painting over it a contrasting motif. For this purpose, I chose the silhouette of a few poppies. Back in January 2007 I’d seen a poppy wall decal that I’ve never really been able to forget… and that was my inspiration.

Canvas: 153 x 61cm ($31.99 on sale, normally $50)
Fabric: Alexander Henry Seaweed Stripe in Yellow/Pink 2.5 yards for $31.48 inclu shipping from
Fabric Paints: $12 for a set of 6 tubes from wholesalers (only used 2 tubes)
Staple gun: mother in law’s and her staples

Total expenditure: $63.47

My process

1. Grab canvas when on sale.
2. Drool when favourite fabric arrives at home. I was nursing a migraine but still had the time to drool in a darkened room hehehe< 3. Stapled the fabric onto the canvas frame. Husband stapled about 5 cm apart with me holding the fabric taut. 4. Umm and ahhed for a few days while looking around for inspiration. 5. Once I chose my pattern, I played around with it in Photoshop, trying to decide where to position it... 6. Once satisfied, I ... put paint to canvas! Caution: when painting with fabric paint, it can be unforgiving... so it is worthwhile getting an old fabric and just painting bits out your pattern just to learn how to work with the paint and applicator... The canvas I painted with Seaweed Stripe

I still love love love my fabric choice! Makes me feel happy.

Update: 25 October 2013, just tried that link to purchase more of the same fabric and the site’s disappeared. I think that fabric’s been discontinued too. Pity.

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