Canvas Art
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Canvas Art

This week’s design is a perfect one for some quick DIY art.  Here I took a store-bought primed canvas and turned it into a bright and cheery home decor piece with a little acrylic paint, vinyl, and my CAMEO.


Do What You Love Canvas by Annie Williams - Canvas Prep


  • Start by selecting your background color palette.  I wanted my colors to look like a sunset I’d recently seen, so I chose blues, purples, pinks, and oranges out of my acrylic craft paint stash.
  • Paint your canvas with a coat of gesso if it has not already been primed.  Then paint broad strokes of each color and blend them a bit.  I wasn’t too concerned about perfect blending, since the vinyl design was the actual focal point of my piece.


Do What You Love Canvas by Annie Williams - Sentiment


  • I wanted my sentiment to appear in a vertical arrangement, so I cut apart the words in my sentiment design using the Knife Tool.  Then I cleaned up any rough edges on my four separate words using the Point Editing Tool.
  • Rearrange the words vertically.  I also needed to resize the “what” part of my design slightly so that the vertical sentiment looked a little more cohesive.


Do What You Love Canvas by Annie Williams - Detail


  • Add a pretty floral silhouette shape to your design and cut all of this out of black vinyl.  Weed and transfer the vinyl to your painted canvas using the scraper tool and transfer paper.
  • I also cut a a strip of black vinyl to use around the perimeter of my piece to finish off the edges.


Do What You Love Canvas by Annie Williams - Full



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  1. Very stunning

    1. Thank you Sandy!

  2. Great job, so loved what you did!!!

    1. Thanks Vicki!

    1. Thanks Martha!

  3. Loved this…had to make one of my own. Thanks for the idea

    1. You’re welcome Tanya…so happy to have inspired you!

  4. The colors you used are so peaceful. Gorgeous work Annie!

    1. Thank you Analisa!

  5. Love this! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you Roberta!

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