Below are the steps to make your own, along with a few tips and possible modifications:
- Basic canvas (mine was 18x24")
- 3-4 coordinating paint colors
- 12x12" piece of scrapbook paper
- Wooden or cardboard letter
- Mod Podge
- Craft glue
- Foam brush and medium size paint brush
- Paint pen
- Using a piece of painters tape, create a dividing line between the top portion and bottom portion of the canvas. My canvas was 18x24" and the top portion measures 18x16"
- Use craft paint or leftover latex wall paint to give 2 nice solid coats to the top and bottom sections of the canvas.
- Using a piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper, cut out a circle for the top portion where the initial is located. Tip: I used a mixing bowl that was the right size to trace on the back of the paper and get a perfect circle
- Lightly mark the center points where the circle needs to be and apply a thin layer of mod podge using a sponge brush to the back of the paper circle. Gently lay onto the canvas and smooth any bubbles from the inside out. Do not put another layer of mod podge over the top of the circle, as this will more than likely cause bubbling.
- Use a paint pen or small paint brush to paint a name or word of your choice across the bottom. I used dafont.com to find one I liked and I always draw my words very lightly in pencil onto the canvas, starting with the center letter and working my way right and left to make sure the name is centered. I suggest using a paint pen if your hand is not steady enough to use a brush.
- Remove the painters tape and fill in the space with a darker, contrasting color. Or you can use a piece of ribbon as the dividing line to add a little more interest and get a super crisp line.
- If you want to add a glossy finishing coat to the entire piece, this is the time to do it. I use a liquid and a foam brush, but spray sealing gloss works well also.
- Lastly, paint a wooden or cardboard letter - which can be found at most any craft store - and glue it to the center of your circle. If you don't have a 3D letter, you can always cut one out of a coordinating paper and apply using mod podge instead. Tip: You don't have to use just a single letter, you can use a monogram, animal shape or anything else that coordinates with your room!