Nursery Canvas Tutorial

March 30, 2011

Finally, a tutorial!!

To make Chloe’s nursery canvases, I used a mixture of paint, paper, and fabric to create completely unique art for her wall.

I started with the fully painted canvases.

I found an image from one of the fabric prints that I liked, then I blew it up on my computer to the size of my canvas, and traced it on computer paper.

Then, channeling my elementary school art days, I flipped it over and filled in the back using a regular lead pencil tilted at an angle.

Then I flipped it back over, taped it to my canvas in a few places, and made little reference points on the canvas to make sure I returned it to the exact same spot each time. I started with the green pieces, so I traced them first.

Then painted.

Once it was dry, I moved on to the next color, in the order that made the most sense.

Then I washed off the reference points and it was finished!! I followed the same steps for this canvas, also from one of the fabric prints, except it was much simpler to do. I painted all the pink, then went back and added the red on top.


And for the “C” I simply painted the whole canvas pink, went back and taped off 1″ spaces with 1″ painters tape and added the green stripes. Once it was dry I used the same tracing method to draw the C on top of the lines, and filled it in with brown paint.


The apple and pear are painted backgrounds, with paper pieces glued on top.

I enlisted some help with the painting for these while I cut the paper.


Then starting with the bottom shapes, I glued (using Mod Podge because I couldn’t find my Aleene’s) the pieces on.




(I forgot to take a picture of the step where I added the stem and the leaf)


Then to let them dry without rippling, I turned them over and placed a heavy book on the back of the canvas so it would be perfectly flat.

Then for the owl, I used only fabric (other than the painted background).


I traced the shapes on regular (red) Heat n Bond and ironed them on at the same time.


I covered the whole canvas with a scrap piece of fabric and ironed lightly, until all the pieces stuck.


Then turn the whole thing over and iron from the back side to get a good seal on the Heat n Bond.


And lastly, the birds. I used a mix of all the previous techniques to make my birds.

First I freehanded the branch with brown paint. While it dried, I cut the leaf shapes from scrapbook paper and glued them on. I cut the birds from scrap fabric on Heat n Bond and ironed them on, then painted their beaks and feet.

And that’s it!! I already had all the fabric, paper, and some of the paint, so I just bought the canvases (50% off at Michael’s) and a few bottles of paint! It cost me less than $20 and a few afternoons of crafting to create this adorable wall art!


12 Responses to “Nursery Canvas Tutorial”

  1. Cher said:

    I think I might actually do this to co-ordinate with the pillowcases for Locke. You have no idea how much I love these!! *I* want something like it for me 😀

    *bows to the creative master ;)*

  2. Sandy said:

    Oh my gosh …. too adorable. Our first GreatGC is due anytime … can’t wait to show GD your ideas. Thanks.

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  5. Ann said:

    Brilliant combination of techniques! Thank you for sharing so much creative thinking.

  6. justine said:

    J’aime beaucoup !!

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  8. Sara said:

    Thank you so much for being so detailed and posting this. I have been wanting to my sons name on canvas instead of the wood letters. I too bought the canvas from Michaels (50% off) but was completely lost on how to go about doing them – thank you again. Now I am ready to work on his nursery and it will be perfect for our family.

  9. Pinkie said:

    Okay, first off let me say, this is adorable, it’s just I don’t know how to get all that fabric in the same designs and colors. Do you think it would look bad is I just painted it all?

  10. Melissa said:

    No, if you’ve got the artistic skills, I say go for it! It would be precious totally painted!

  11. Courtney said:

    I LOVE LOVE this is is so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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