The Holiday Home Tour starts tomorrow night, yikes! I am going to be staging and adding the finishing touches today. I needed a large piece to go above the bed in the master bedroom so I designed this festive painted canvas. At 39”w x 31”h it is sure to add punch to the space. With a roughed up wood look in the backround and the bright red paint, the white words really jump off the canvas.
To get that rustic wood look I started by painting the canvas with a thick coat of Modge Podge. While it is semi-wet I paint a layer of thick red paint. I use a wide bristled paint brush for this, not a foam one. The bristles in the brush kind of mix the Modge Podge and the paint together and form a strié look, like wood grain. In some areas the paint actually pulls apart and when I dry brush black paint over the dried canvas, these areas really stand out and give it that rustic feel. With a small paintbrush I lightly paint thin lines across the entire canvas to create the look of wooden boards.
I layed out the letters on the computer, printed them out and taped them all together to form one large template. I draw a thin black line under each letter, this helps to line up the pages.
I couldn’t find my dark pencil so I used a piece of charcoal from the bbq and rubbed it on the backside of the template. Sometimes you just have to be resourceful!
Now for my favourite part! With a small paintbrush I fill in the letters with white paint lightly filling in some areas and heavier in others. I love it when the backround colour peeps through the lightly painted areas. For a tutorial on how to paint a weathered look on wood see last weeks Christmas Joy Painted Sign.
This large festive painted canvas is sure to look great in the master bedroom. I can’t wait to see how it looks in the Holiday Home and will post pictures when it is all done.