I am a huge fan of DIY artwork! You can walk around my house and find numerous pieces I have created, mainly from ideas I found on the internet (thank you, Pinterest!), but with my own flair. I think personalizing art either for yourself or a gift just makes it more special. I have seen newspaper canvas artwork quite a few times and something about it always spoke to me. I needed to find one that inspired me. I know this might be frowned upon by my novel lovers, but I used pages from my favorite book, The Great Gatsby, as a base instead of newspaper. That book is my all time favorite: the era, the people, the story… Tragic as it may be, but who doesn’t like Leo Decaprio in a suit toasting to the world?
Since I am no good at free handing my artwork (but I’m lucky that I can do eyeliner so well), I bought an elephant stencil online. Elephants are such magical creatures. I just love them and the meaning behind them in artwork.
1. Canvas- any size
2. Newspaper or book pages- lots of them
3. Black paint
4. Mod Podge
5. 2 Brushes
1. Start by tearing your newspaper or book clippings into small pieces of uneven edges and sizes.
2. Make sure your canvas is on a flat surface.
3. Brush a thin layer of the glue onto the canvas surface.
4. Start laying down newspaper/book clippings.
5. Cover the clippings you laid down with more glue, making sure no corners or edges are sticking up.
6. Lay down more clippings. Keep doing this until the entire canvas is covered, including the sides.
7. Leave the canvas to dry for a few hours
8. Once dry, start painting your picture or design on the canvas– either free-hand or using a stencil, like I did. You might have to layer up on paint. I used two coats so the print didn’t show through.
9. Peel off stencil (if need be).
10. Hang the painting on the wall!
Voilà!!! You are now an artist!