My sister-in-law recently gave us 2 pieces of canvas art that they no longer wanted, but felt sure I could find a new purpose for. I’m sharing How to Repurpose Canvas Art with Stencils and a Cricut Explore in this post.
I love hanging things up on my walls. Seriously, I wish I had more wall space in our little house because I have an obsession with decorating walls. Anyway, I decided to paint the 2 pieces of canvas art, but I’m only going to be showing 1 of the canvases in this post on How to Repurpose Canvas Art with Stencils and a Cricut Explore.
As you can see the picture is great, but of course I want to personalize it to fit into our home decor. The first thing I did was give the canvas 2 coats of latex paint, letting it dry between coats.
Next I used my awesome Cricut Explore One to cut a stencil as explained in this tutorial using Show-Offs Stencil Blanks. The cut file I designed is in being made available in my Resource Library, which is available for free as a bonus to email subscribers to my blog, for personal use only.
I used a stencil brush, the stencil, and some latex paint to stencil the design on the canvas.
When I started stenciling on the canvas I didn’t think about the surface flexibility of the canvas, and how it wasn’t ideal for stenciling. So to fix this I put a puzzle box under the canvas to give me a hard surface under the canvas, and because the puzzle box was thicker than the canvas thickness I had to use some DVD cases to prop up the frame of the canvas. It was a little bit of a MacGyver moment but I think it worked well enough.
*note- When I designed this stencil I didn’t think about how the dot over the “i” on the bird would fall out. Usually I’m very conscientious of making sure that the stencil aspect of my designs are stencil ready but I missed that one.
Anyway because it was just the dot over the “i” I simply took the handle tip of the stencil brush I was using and made a dot of the “i” using the tip of the brush, easy fix. I have made a corrected version of this design where the “i” connects to the rest of the stencil. The look changed just a little and I have made both designs available in my Resource Library.
I love the dark and light blue combo, and these are just a few of the colors I’m running through our home.
*All free files in the Resource Library are for personal use only. I hope you have enjoyed this How to Repurpose Canvas Art with Stencils and a Cricut Explore project.
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A little about the stencil and printable designs on Repurposing Junkie:
I started using stencils on furniture in 2015. I had given a white table a makeover, and painted it orange to be an accent table in the living room. Even with the bright color, the table was missing something. I applied a stencil that I had bought at one of my favorite craft stores to the table to give it that something extra and sure enough it really made the table stand out.
After seeing the transformation the table took by adding the stenciled flowers, I was hooked on stenciling. I loved how adding just a bit of detail made the piece stand out and took it to a whole new level. Adding this detail and seeing the results was all I needed to be convinced that stenciling was the way to go, and thus began my love for all things stencil.
I love how a stencil design can add detail and beauty to furniture,wall art, clothes, mugs and other accessories, walls, floors and so many other things. It’s fantastic how easy it is to make something beautiful become exquisite and eye catching just by adding a stencil overlay.
After stenciling for a while, I started designing my own stencils in 2016 to cut on my awesome Cricut Explore. It took some time and learning but it was so rewarding being able to cut my own custom designs right in my home.
I went on to write some tutorials on cutting stencils using the Cricut machine:
–How to Make Extra Large Stencil Oversize Stencils in Cricut Design Space Using the Meeting and Overlapping Methods
I also wrote a few tutorials on designing your own stencils and the tools needed to create and make stencils using the Cricut:
Creating Stencil and Printable Designs:
After getting comfortable with cutting stencils on the Cricut and learning how to create my own stencil designs, I began offering stencil cut files for free on my blog and in my Etsy shop. I have since closed up my Etsy shop and opened a new shop, that offers a variety of cut files that can be made into stencils.
In my shop, I offer wall stencil cut files, and border stencil cut files, both of which are great for wall and furniture embellishments. I also have a lot of monogram/alphabet stencil cut files for personalization projects. Plus lots more stencil cut file designs to check out in my shop, and plenty more to come.
I design all the stencil cut files and printables that I offer on my blog, and in my shop, using my own hand drawn elements, or fonts that can be found on my resource page, or a combination of both.
I have found a passion for design and strive to create unique and fun designs that can be used in a variety of settings, such as home decor, furniture, wall art, fashion design, accessory items, and so much more. My eye has always been drawn to the details, patterns, and embellishments in such things as home decor and clothing, so it’s a real joy for me to become part of the design process of such things.
Stencils are a great and easy way to add that something special to a piece whether it’s repurposed furniture or wall art or a brand new canvas or wall.
I share on my blog how I’ve transformed several repurposed pieces using stencils:
You can check out the stenciled projects here. I usually add stencils to furniture and wall art pieces. Some of my favorite stencil projects include refinishing a curbside table, upcycling a piece of canvas wall art, and making an extra large stenciled wall art piece, just to name a few of my favorite stencil projects.
I also have some repurposing projects that I hope are fun and inspiring. I love taking old “junk” and turning it into something completely different:
You can check out the repurposing projects here. I have several projects using ceiling fan parts, spindles, old frames, plaques, and furniture. Some of my favorite repurposing projects are the ceiling fan blades to airplane repurpose, the angels made from hinges and spindle parts, and transforming a kitchen table using stencils, and these are just a few of my favorite repurposing projects.
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