Tuesday, June 24, 2014

DIY // Burlap Canvas Family Silhouette Art

I've wanted to do a family silhouette for a long time. I searched everywhere online, but I couldn't find anything that fit the look I was going for. So, I made it all up as I went - and I love how it turned out!

If you want to do something similar, a step-by-step tutorial is below.

What you will need:

- 24x30 Canvas
- Folk Art Coffee Latte acrylic paint, large foam brush
- Burlap fabric (enough to wrap around and cover the entire canvas)
- Staple gun
- Painter's tape (for delicate surfaces)
- Folk Art Vintage White acrylic paint, large foam brush
- Foam board, cut to 16x20 size
- Rust-oleum Satin Granite spray paint
- Engineering photo print from Staples (large enough for your liking)
- Black poster board
- Martha Stewart Beetle Black high-gloss acrylic paint, foam brush
- Scissors
- Foam mounting squares
- 12x1.5 Craft wood strips, 4 strips total
- Super glue, 6 tubes
- Accessories (chalkboard stickers, etc.)


1. First, paint your canvas with two coats of Coffee Latte acrylic paint; let dry. Wrap the burlap fabric around the canvas very tightly. Turn over and secure with a staple gun along the wood frame, folding corners in and stapling as you go.
2. Measure 3-inch alternating stripes, placing painter's tape along edges to paint. Paint alternating stripes with Vintage White acrylic color and a large foam brush. Don't paint the whole stripe completely - just blot and dab as you go, as this will create a more distressed look; let dry.
3. Using Satin Granite spray paint, paint foam board; let dry.
4. Go to your local Staples Copy & Print Center and get a large B+W engineering print of your favorite family photo. I had them enlarge several copies until I finally got the 18x24 size that I wanted, and I only paid $2 for the final one. With scissors, cut out each person in your family.
5. Place the engineering print cut-out on top of black posterboard and trace onto posterboard with a pencil. Cut out family silhouette with scissors. There will be scratches and marks all over the posterboard silhouette when you're done, so now it's time to paint the posterboard silhouette with black acrylic paint; let dry.
6. Adhere the posterboard silhouette to the gray foam board with foam mounting squares. Adhere wood strips to the back of the foam board (one on each side) using super glue. Apply pressure by sitting a heavy book on top and let sit overnight. Then, adhere foam board to the burlap canvas by spreading super glue all along the wood pieces, placing foam board in the center of the burlap canvas for final placement. Again, apply pressure by sitting a heavy book on top and let sit overnight.
7. Add personalized chalkboard stickers or any other accessories, and your family silhouette is complete!

A creative way to capture your family and remember for years to come.

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