“She Loved Big” Canvas Art

What happens when you move into your dream house, and you have a plethora of blank, white wall space? You break out those inspirational quotes or, like I did, pull your favorite poet, Cleo Wade, and one of her most popular quotes and use your creative mind to make your own handmade art.

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I’ve been making my own word canvases for a few years now but knew I wanted to make a gallery wall collage when I got better at handwriting with a paintbrush. Thus comes a few weeks ago. I found the best quote for its placement, our new, blank living room. I love a good DIY wall art project like these 3 colorful takes on canvas art, but for this project, I decided to go monochromatic black and white. After a few trial runs with practicing handwriting, I was ready to paint.

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Step 1: Buy canvases that will fit your wall; I chose four canvases that could be juxtaposed on the wall at different heights.

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Step 2: Decipher where your writing will go on each canvas size. With my quote, I knew I needed to space out the lines, so they fill the canvas.

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Step 3: Write your lines on each canvas. I chose to go out without pre-writing with a pencil after I did a trial on a different canvas with a pencil first. When I tested the larger brush, the letters were smashed together. Pick the brush that works best for you and your aesthetic.

Step 4: Let each canvas dry for a few hours before placing on the wall.

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Step 5: Put your canvas on the floor before holding it against on the wall to measure your dimensions.

Step 6: Measure each canvas end to end, top to bottom to understand the space you’re working within. Be sure to measure between the spaces of each canvas.

Step 7: From there, prep to place the first canvas. Mark two inches from the left and two inches from the right to ensure placement for your nails.

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Step 8: Bring a tape measure, two nails, a pen and a hammer and mark dots on the wall where your nails will go. Hammer your two nails and place your canvas. Use a level (or use iPhone level app!) to ensure your canvas is straight.

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Step 9: Repeat step 7 + 8 until all your canvases are displayed on your wall.

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Step 10: Take a step back, admire your work and give yourself a high-five. Take that overpriced artwork.

The most important part of these canvases is to remember, imperfection is perfection. I like to make things messy and a little less than perfect. It makes my space a little more livable and a little less like your great Aunt’s formal dining room, which NO ONE dined in.

Materials
  • Canvas
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush various thicknesses
  • paper plate
  • tape measure
  • Hammer
  • pencil or pen