Canvas Cutouts with Paper Background

It’s Friday! The prospect of the weekend being so close is always exciting for me because I get to spend my time with Ryan and Olivia, plus catch up on chores I’ve neglected or haven’t had a chance to do during the week. On this weekend’s agenda is planting my garden, finally!

On Wednesday, I shared with you a canvas cutout technique to create some gorgeous nautical artwork. Today, I’m sharing how to finish the canvas cutouts in another way. Instead of using paint to add color on the front, you glue colored pieces of paper to add color on the negative space of the canvases.

Canvas Cutout with Paper Background

Once again, you start with a blank canvas. Mine are some old ones that I just primed with white paint. 

Canvas Cutout with Paper Background canvases 

Then, create your design. For these ones I stuck with the nautical theme with a fish design and a miscellaneous sea creatures one. Again, taking care to leave plenty of canvas without cutting to keep the piece whole.

Canvas Cutout with Paper Background design

Transfer the design to the back of the canvas by rubbing a pencil on the back of the paper and cut the negative spaces out with an Xacto knife and/or small scissors.

Canvas Cutout with Paper Background cut

Now, you can leave them as is or add some color to the negative spaces.

Canvas Cutout with Paper Background negative space

Play with various colored cardstock to find a color scheme that works for you. I just used some scrap paper I already had stocked.

Canvas Cutout with Paper Background papers 

With some spray adhesive, attach the colored pieces to the back. To do this, lay the canvas over some cardboard on a well ventilated space. Then move the canvas over to another clean surface and place the colored paper on the back accordingly. You want to make sure you move the canvas from where you sprayed it so the paper doesn’t get any glue on the front of it.

Canvas Cutout with Paper Background glue 

Press firmly and wait for it to dry.

Canvas Cutout with Paper Background back

Hang your work and done!

DIY Canvas Cutout with Paper Background

Bright and fun!

Canvas Cutout with Paper Background fish design

Have a wonderful weekend!

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