How’s it going?!?! Well, it’s been quite a beautiful week here and I am definitely enjoying the extra sunshine. Plus, slowly but surely, flowers are starting to bloom. After work today, I’ll be taking Boone in to get his blood work done for his surgery next Friday. Poor guy. Hopefully his recovery is a quick and successful one so he’ll be running out in the grass by the middle of the summer. Maybe even get some water time in.
So, the project I bring to you today is the final product of the Artist Inspired Canvases I shared with you a couple weeks ago. The process might look a little complicated, but as long as you’re not afraid to use some power tools, you’ll be alright. For materials, all you need is some scrap wood dowels (mine were 1×1), twine, wood glue, acrylic paint, sand paper, miter saw, a drill and, of course, the four canvases.
First up, get all your dowels ready. Cut 3 pieces 12” long (these will be the horizontal pieces) and 6 pieces 5.5” long (vertical pieces). Measure and drill a hole through the middle of each short dowel (at 2.75”). The longer dowels will get two holes, 3.25” in from each end.
Next up, drill a hole though the middle of each canvas edge. Make sure the hole you’re making is just a tad bigger than the twine gauge. Also, you might need to remove some staples from the canvases to do this.
Lay out the dowels on a flat surface. Use a T-square if necessary to align properly. Dab wood glue (love Gorilla glue) on each end of the short dowels and put in place. Use clamps to hold frame together while it dries, If you don’t have big enough ones, place some twine around the whole thing and tie tightly.
Paint the frame in color of choice. I went with a predominantly white frame with some splashes of blue. You can be as sloppy as you want on this.
Once completely dry, roughly sand the edges to give is a worn look. This is why I don’t mess with sanding in the beginning. No use in doing it twice.
Get ready to assemble the whole thing together. Layout and plan where you want the canvases to go and turn the whole thing around, you’ll be working on the backside. To make it easier to work with the twine, cover one end with tape.
Make a knot at one end of the twine and thread through the top of the bottom right canvas. Next, up though the middle piece of wood and onto the top right canvas, making knots along the way to keep them in place. Make the knots strategically so the canvas floats in the middle of each frame section.
Leave some twine loose along the top of the frame to use as a hanger. Tie another knot before threading the twine back down though the left side canvases. Pass through the bottom right side and tie a knot to finish. Cut off the excess.
At this point, your canvases should spin around on the twine.
To prevent that from happening, Use twine once again to thread the canvases though the sides and frame. Tie and cut off excess twine. You basically make two big loops with the twine, one through all the vertical holes, and one through the horizontal ones.
Now all your canvases are securely in place and they’re ready to hang.
I finally have some art decorating my sun room!