Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Upcycled canvas

I really am a dummy - I had a series of step by step photos showing how I upcycled this canvas into a piece of patchwork art for my bedroom, and somehow I seem to have deleted all the photographs except the ones showing the finished article! 

It's not like they are essential for showing you how its done, but it does mean you don't get to see how truly hideous this canvas was previously. My friends gave it to me straight from their man cave - it had a painting of a snake-like woman on it on profile, with a weirdly contorted body and massive boobs. One of those mass-produced things you can get in Ikea etc. Gross!

They charged me with doing something else with it, so I decided to create a collage made up of fabric, photographs, drawings and found items. It was a very organic process and I just added to it and made it up as I went. If you want to attempt something like this you just need the following:

  • Old/horrible canvas you no longer want (You can just use a wooden frame too of course)
  • Upholstery staple gun
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Pictures/photos
  • Glue
  • Any embellishments you want (broken jewellery, buttons, badges etc).

This makes a great project to do alone or in a group. It's fairly budget friendly, and you can theme the canvas, or make it match whatever wall you hang it on. Easy-peasy :)

1 comment:

  1. Hooray you're back! Not sure they sell pictures of big-boobed snake women in Ikea though! ;)