Repurpose an old canvas for new art.
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Seal the canvas to lock in the original art so it doesn’t bleed. I’m using a Kilz sealer.
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After two coats of sealer, brush on Gesso. Gesso is a primer for canvas and can be sanded in between coats.
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Two coats of Gesso. Would need another if I wanted to keep it light colored.
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Decided to paint it green instead of white.
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Needs one more coat. While the first coat dries, let’s work on the art.
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I printed the US map off of Wikipedia (it shows the location of the NFL stadiums). You could do the same thing with National Parks, etc.
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I brought the image into Photoshop. Using the brush tool to delete the areas that I don’t want.
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I have the image sized on an 8.5 x 11 sheet. Now, I’m bringing in text and playing with the text kerning.
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Once you have your image ready, print it out. Now, it’s time to get it on the canvas.
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I’m using a projector and don’t have transparency paper on hand. So, I’m tracing the map on clear plastic with a sharpie.
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Put your traced plastic on your projector and find the distance from the wall that the image shows on your canvas.
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Using a sharpie paint pen, start tracing.
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I ordered vintage brass push pins to designate which stadiums we have watched the Chiefs play in.
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Here’s how it turned out! We framed it. I love it.
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Looks so great in our basement.
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Now, to visit more stadiums!
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