DIY Canvas Art (+ A Sweet Giveaway!)

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I’ve always enjoyed the idea of art, but I’ve never felt like I could actually create my own.  Until recently, that is.  Despite the fact that I used to believe that art was something that was only for “real artists,” I’ve been jumping in and creating anyway. That’s left me experimenting with several methods, but my favorite comes in the form of DIY canvas art.

DIY Canvas Art (Plus an awesome Canvas Factory Giveaway)

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I wish I could say that I’ve become a professional when it comes to canvas art or art in general, but that’s just not the case.  I’m learning and practicing, though.  My first attempt with canvas and paint was inspired by Sharon-Be-Makin-Stuff following one of her awesome tutorials.

It was dreadful.  So dreadful that there are no photos to prove that it actually happened.  But I didn’t give up.  I bought a hand lettering workbook and some pens and have been practicing.  (Lettering with the paint was my biggest hangup with my first attempt at DIY canvas art.)  I’ve still got a long way to go, but I can already see some improvement and I actually had fun on my most recent attempt.

DIY Canvas Art (Plus an awesome Canvas Factory Giveaway)

DIY *Digital* Canvas Art

I’m still working on my canvas art, but for now I’ll continue to create digitally and then have my work printed for me.  That’s a safe bet until I get better with my lettering and expand painting techniques.

I usually stick with PicMonkey for designing digital prints, but Photoshop and Microsoft Publisher are also great for creating.  As far as what goes on a print, I usually edit my own photos or download freebies from sites like Clementine Creative.  As far as text is concerned, I tend to focus on phrases or scriptures that speak to me and use fonts that are free for personal use.

I shared these scripture prints in my Small Beginnings post, but here’s a look at what I came up with in my most recent DIY design attempt.

DIY Canvas Art (Plus an awesome Canvas Factory Giveaway)
I’d love to share a photo of them as they’re actually displayed, but they’re hanging in a dormer window and it’s virtually impossible to get a good shot there.  Having the printed versions side by side is enough to give you the idea though.  (These are both available as a free downloads if you’d like to print them or have them printed too!)

DIY Canvas Art (Plus an awesome Canvas Factory Giveaway)


2 Easy Methods for DIY Canvas Art

After I designed the scripture prints, I uploaded the Luke 16:10 print to Snapfish and had it printed at a local store. Then I transferred it to an 8×10 canvas panel using Modge Podge.  I love this method for smaller prints.  It’s inexpensive and an such an easy way to create your own custom art.

Not only have I used this method to display my own graphic design, I’ve also used it for personal photos.  By using PicMonkey or a similar program to add filters and special effects, it’s easy to turn a photo from your phone into a great print!  These even make nice gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and similar occasions.

The Modge Podge transfer option is perfect for smaller prints, but what about bigger canvas projects or printing directly to canvas? I think it’s safe to say that most of us don’t have a that kind of equipment laying around.  That’s where Canvas Factory saves the day!

DIY Canvas Art (Plus an awesome Canvas Factory Giveaway)

Canvas Factory provides all the help you need in taking your images and bringing them to life!  There are tons of options for printing and sizes, but I uploaded my Zechariah 4:10 print and chose a fairly standard option, a single canvas 16×20 print.  After I uploaded my image, made my specifications, and checked out, Canvas Factory handled the rest.  In fact, I had my new print the following week!

My Modge Podge canvases serve the purpose, but you guys, this Canvas Factory art is a gorgeous option.  I would’ve never dreamed such an easy and quick process could produce a fantastic product like this.  Plus, it’s pretty cool to see a print I designed so beautifully displayed.   It makes all the difference to have the print directly printed onto the canvas.  It really does.

Of course, Canvas Factory can also bring your personal photos to life.  Whether you choose personal photos or digital art, Canvas Factory gives you lots of printing options.  You can go with standard canvas prints like I did, but you can also split an image among multiple canvas pieces or choose to display several photos collage-style on a single canvas.

Not looking to have your personal photos printed to canvas? Maybe you’re not feel up to creating DIY canvas art. They’ve even got a selection of high-quailty photos available for use with their printing options.  Regardless of which option you choose, Canvas Factory has you covered for DIY canvas art!

Canvas Factory Canvas Art Giveaway

Now that you know a few great options for DIY canvas art, why not have some fun with a giveaway?  My friends at Canvas Factory have generously donated a 16×20 canvas for an awesome giveaway.

Use the widget below and enter to win!  Remember to use a valid email address when you enter.  I won’t be able to inform you that you won without it!  


In the meantime, get to know Canvas Factory by visiting the Canvas Factory website and through social media: Facebook / Pinterest / Google+.


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20 thoughts on “DIY Canvas Art (+ A Sweet Giveaway!)

  1. I took a canvas and used hot glue to attach various colors of buttons. I made a colorful tree with apples and frogs on the ground below. Cute decor for my little guy’s bedroom 🙂

  2. I’m a homeschool mom in NC as well. I think making a photo collage print would be neat. I don’t really have any tips other than to use pictures that you find meaningful.

  3. Tip for a photo canvas: Make sure you select photos that are sharp and reflect true color. Pick as high resolution as possible.

  4. Another tip: When making a photo canvas, make sure your photo aligns if you plan on creating gallery wraps.

  5. If you’re doing a photo canvas, the photo you select should not have any red eye problem for a perfect canvas print.

  6. Be aware that canvas “stretches” when mounted. Different factors, such as overall canvas size, temperature, pressure via the mounting machine and more can affect how much. It is hard to predict exactly how much but just make sure you keep the main subject matter of your image positioned so it is not too close to the edge.

  7. Another tip for making a photo canvas: Look for photos where the subject stands out clearly and is well lit for the best results.

  8. My last tip I guess would be to choose a photo or art that really means something to you and that you want to display prominently.

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I enjoyed entering daily.

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