We have been loving the reverse canvas trend. Today we are going to make our own using a phrase from the Silhouette Design Store. This is such a fun way to add a large statement piece to your home with minimal cost and effort.
- Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait®
- Silhouette Studio®
- Silhouette Cutting Mat
- Silhouette Cutting Blade
- Silhouette Vinyl – Black
- Design ID #80218
Step One: Open in Silhouette Studio®
1. Open your design (ID #80218) in Silhouette Studio®. It will appear like the picture below.
2. Ungroup the design and delete the filled in version.
3. Select the design. Using the square handle in the corner of the design, stretch the design to size.
4. Depending on the size of your canvas, you may need to release the compound path (select the design, right-click, and select “Release Compound Path”) and divide the design into multiple parts.
Step Two: Remove the Canvas
1. Remove the staples from the back of the canvas. We did this with the Spatula tool and some pliers.
2. Once the staples are removed, separate the canvas from the frame.
Step Three: Stain the Frame
1. First we sanded down the frame just a little to knock off the rough spots and the numbers that are sometimes found on the frame.
2. Using a stain and your application method of choice, apply the stain to the entire frame. We used a foam brush and a dark stain. Remember that what was once the back of the canvas frame is now the front, so that’s the area you want the smoothest and most evenly stained. Don’t worry too much about the staple holes on the frame because those will not be seen.
Step Four: Trim Canvas and Apply Vinyl
1. Lay the frame on top of the canvas and trace the inside and outside of the frame. And then trim the canvas so that it fits between those two lines.
2. You need enough of the canvas to be able to staple or adhere it to the back of the frame but not so much that it hangs over the edge of your frame.
3. There are several ways to reattach the canvas to the frame. Most people use staples; you can also use glue or tacks—whatever is most convenient for you.
Now step back and enjoy your new art. We love how the stained wood adds a warmth to any space. Where would you put your reverse canvas art? Let us know in the comments below!