Hi beauties!

I have been getting crafty again and thought I would share my little project with you. I made these canvases for me but they would also make a lovely gift.

If you couldn't already tell by my blog template, I love black, white & gold. I especially love it for my home. Black & white has always been my favourite theme because you can just add in different colours without having to fully redecorate everything. At the moment I have been adding a bit of sparkle to our lounge room in preparation for the festive season.

I'm technically not allowed to put up Christmas decorations until 1st December so adding a bit of glitter into our everyday decor is my sneaky little way of getting into the festive spirit a little bit early as my Christmas theme is always gold. Although these canvases will definitely be an all round decor item for me as I don't think I will ever not love black, white & gold glitter.
The quote I chose to put on my canvases is from my favourite passage in the Bible - The love chapter: 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

This passage is special to me for 2 reasons: it was my Grandma's favourite passage and it was also read at our wedding ceremony. It's a beautiful example of what love is and I think it's a lovely reminder to have on canvas to see everyday.

As you will see I have just used 'Loved is patient' & 'Love is kind' on my canvases but I love that there is more to this quote and I can make more canvases later to make a series. I think the next two that I do will be 'Love always protects' & 'Love never fails'.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:I got all my craft supplies from Spotlight but if I was to do it again I would probably try and get some of the stuff from eBay to try and make it a little bit cheaper.

  • White Canvas ( I had a few printed canvases that I got on clearance ($2 for 2) from K-Mart so I just painted them white with some paint that we already had)
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Inky Pen - not ballpoint (you want inky so you can rub any mistakes off)
  • Painters tape or masking tape
  • Foam paint brushes
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Letters of choice
  • PVA or craft glue
  • Fine glitter
  • A bowl
  • Glitter sealing spray or CLEAR enamel spray ( I accidentally got 'classic' enamel spray and it was actually red - whoops. Then I got the correct one from eBay.)
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  1.  Measure & mark your lines
    At first I wanted 2.5cm lines but it wouldn't work evenly for my stripes so I worked out that I wanted about 7 lines and then measured the whole length of the canvas and divided it by 7.

    Once you know your measurement, place at dot at the correct measurements along on each vertical edge of the canvas.

  2. Tape your lines
    With your painters tape or masking tape, meet up your marks to create straight horizontal lines. You will need to do this for the top and the bottom of every second line to blank out your white lines. Remember to also wrap around the edges of the canvas as well.

    You also need to make sure that the edges of the tape are stuck down really well so that the black paint doesn't bleed under. I used the end of my sponge brush to push it down as shown in picture 2.
  3. Paint
    Paint your black lines in with your acrylic paint & a sponge paint brush.

    If your tape doesn't cover the whole white line (as mine doesn't in picture 2) be careful not to accidentally paint in between where the masking tape is. You will need to do 2 coats of paint.

    Don't forget to also paint the sides of the canvas as well.
  4. Glitter
    While your paint is drying, the fun part begins. WARNING: This step can be pretty MESSY!

    Apply your glue directly onto your letters and then evenly spread the glue out with a sponge paint brush. Make sure you don't have any lumps of glue as you want your glitter to go on evenly.

    Sprinkle your glitter over you letters, make sure that you have a bowl underneath to catch the glitter as you don't want to waste any. From here you can either scoop up your glitter with a spoon and sprinkle over your other letters or you can just dip your glued letters straight into the glitter.

    Set your letters aside to dry.
  5. Seal the glitter
    Once your glitter & glue is dry you can spray your glitter sealer. The instructions will probably differ between brands so make sure you read yours.

    I laid mine out on some paper and evenly sprayed, then I left them overnight to make sure the sealer was completely dry.
  6. Glue letters onto canvas
    Once your sealing spray is dry you can glue your letters on. Make sure that you map your letters out first as a guide. On my canvas that has 'LOVE IS PATIENT' the patient just fits across the bottom. I glued to P & T first and then worked inwards to make sure my spacing was even.
And that's it! It's an easy job but not really quick due to having to wait for paint & glues to dry. I started mine last weekend and then finished this weekend but that was purely because I knew I wanted to take photos so needed to wait until I could do it in good lighting.

I am so happy with how these turned out. I think the canvases look amazing & I am really proud of them. I can't wait to make some more!!

 I hope you liked this post. If you make something like this you should definitely tag me on instagram (@lifewithlucee) so I can see. With your permission I would love to share the photos on this post as some inspo for others!

All my love, Lucee xx

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