If you own a Silhouette you probably have played around with cutting vinyl, maybe you’ve even been inspired by some of my Silhouette projects. Adhesive vinyl can be cut and manipulated in so many ways and applied to just about any surface. The key to flawless vinyl application is knowing what type to use and how to prepare your surface. I’m sharing a simple piece of art today and showing you exactly how to apply vinyl to a canvas.
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I made this pretty blue and white canvas for my bathroom, I needed a little pop of color in an otherwise white and wood room. There are a couple of ways to get letters onto a canvas. You can stencil and paint them like this sign below, or you can use vinyl which is easier and leaves less room for error.
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How to apply vinyl to a canvas
The key is to paint it first. I started with a 9×12 white stretched canvas and used blue and white acrylic paint to create a watercolor look.
I started by brushing solid blue near the bottom of the canvas, then added white into my color as I moved up. This left an ombre effect on the canvas and looks like water, especially with the rough edges. Then I let the paint dry completely, over night ideally, before moving onto the next step.
The dry paint creates a textured surface for the vinyl to stick to. For best results, put a book or something solid under the canvas and use the Silhouette scraper to really burnish the letters onto the canvas before removing the contact paper.
Check out this Facebook Live for a step by step tutorial on cutting, transferring and applying vinyl.
Once you have gone over the letters really well, peel back the Con-tact paper slowly and your vinyl should be stuck down well. Go over the vinyl one more time with the scraper tool just to be sure. No need to seal this canvas, the vinyl will stay put.
This was a fun project to get the kids involved in. I had a few solid 5×7 solid canvas boards so I let my youngest paint with me, she felt so grown up using a real brush and paint.
I used this technique to make a simple sign for my oldest daughter’s room as well. She wants so badly to visit Paris (don’t we all) but for now we are working on some Parisian decor.
Now you know how to apply vinyl to a canvas. I hope you’ll give this a try and create something beautiful.
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