2 Tutes for the price of one…

Yes that’s right folks! I’m offering 2 groovy tutorials for the price of one! Which basically means that I created something then realized there was an easier way to make it so I ended up with 2 different sets of how-to pix. Not wanting to waste anything (even bloomin’ digital pix) I’ve decided to post both methods of how we made our own canvas frames & art – and I use that term very loosely.

What is the price you must pay for this fantastic 2 for 1 offer? Subjecting your eyes to my family portrait painting:

No art classes? Really? How shocking… – read with heavy sarcasm

and then there’s this beauty:

Know what it started life as?

Here’s how to create your own living room canvas art:

For the first (more complicated) canvas you’ll need 2 long pieces of wood (ours were 2m) & an old bedsheet or large square of fabric…

plus 4 L-brackets & screws.

Decide the size you’d like your finished canvas to be (our wall space is huge so we went with 130 x 70cms) & measure accordingly…

cut the wood…(preferably not over the sink as the munchkin toddles by)

attach the wood together using the L-brackets & screws. *wonder why your hubby’s hands look so old & if it’s time to wax his arms while he sleeps

Ta da! Time to get your sheet…

lay the bedsheet flat on the floor & put your frame on top of it. Make sure there is enough fabric to wrap around to the back of the frame. *Tip: a damp sheet will stretch easier around the frame & when dry will shrink tight as a drum – achieve the perfect dampness by washing your sheet, the magic is in the final spin cycle!

Stretch the sheet around the frame & staple (or tack) it down all the way around…Yay! Almost time to release the inner-artiste!

Give your canvas a base coat (or 2 or 3)…

very roughly sketch an idea for your ginormous canvas…

gather your cheap-y paints & brushes…

create your masterful family portrait & surround it with lyrics from your luvyduvy songs (ours are from The Cure, Cowboy Junkies & Sarah Mclachlan)

For a much easier original work of art: start with 4 pieces of wood (measured & cut to size as above)…now here’s the ohsomucheasier part – instead of faffing about with L-brackets simply drill holes through all ends of the wood…

and attach ’em together with some extra long screws…duh!

seriously, finished in under 10 minutes!

Grab a groovily patterned 1970’s curtain (inherited from Great Auntie Uschi) & staple it to the frame…

and hang it up over the sofa…

hey, let’s take another look at that fantastic family portrait:

disclaimer: I am not even remotely in the ballpark of being an artist but am incredibly cheap stingy penny-pinching thrifty with home decor and just had to give painting a few more whirls…

this cheerful number is helping our little one learn her colours – so it’s useful art

Daddy’s foot, Mommy’s foot, Munchkin’s feet…

aaaand we’re back to more scary portraits…

all the tutes!

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