4th of July Messy Canvas

I love doing this 4th of July Messy Canvas.  And Red white and Blue make the perfect color combination!  But what is a Messy Canvas?  A messy canvas is done the same way as a Subway sign in that you apply vinyl to canvas.  See that project here.  But instead of applying it to white canvas, the canvas is painted multiple colors before applying the vinyl.

4th of July Messy Canvas
4th of July Messy Canvas

Then the vinyl is used as a stencil, paint is applied over the canvas and the vinyl, then the vinyl is removed leaving the multicolored canvas below.  The effect is very dramatic.  They are difficult to design but I have already done that part for you.

What You will need:

        • a canvas ( I used a flat 8X10 one I got at the Dollar Store)
        • Removable vinyl at least that big
        • Pick
        • Light source
        • Red White and Blue acyrlic craft paint
        • Foam brush
        • Stencil brush
Picking Colors

The colors you pick decide the tone of the messy canvas.  Since this is Independence Day, I chose red white and blue.  This project uses a lot of fonts.  And in this original I made two mistakes.  Independence is spelled wrong and there are two libertys.  I fixed those in the download file.

Prepping the canvas

With a foam brush paint the canvas several different colors.  Put small swatches of color all over the canvas randomly.  There is no pattern and you don’t even have to clean your brush in between colors.  Just make sure the whole canvas is covered.  Let the canvas dry overnight.  Below is an example of the Halloween Messy Canvas I did.

Be careful that there are no ridges of paint.  If you take a dry brush and brush over the canvas after you are done painting it this will smooth out any ridges.  When dry it should look like this one.

Painted canvas
Painted Canvas
Applying the vinyl

It is better to use removable vinyl at this point since you will be taking it off later but permanent vinyl works too.  It is just a tiny bit harder to get off if you let it sit for more than a week.  Design and cut the vinyl as you did in the subway sign.  If you need to review the tutorials for that project it is here.

Applying the Top Coat
When you apply the top coat of paint, use a stencil brush and try not to push the paint around.  Just dab it on.  If you try to brush the paint on it will get underneath the vinyl and you will not get clean lines.  This was the a small problem with the4th of July Messy Canvas, but it looks OK.  You can see that none of the lines are as crisp as they should be.
Once the whole canvas is covered let the paint dry overnight.
Finishing the Project
Once the paint is dry, remove the pieces of vinyl carefully.  Do not scratch the areas where there is no vinyl.  The vinyl will come up fairly easily.  You should have nice crisp lines and the mosaic colors below should show through nicely and even more randomly.  
Once you have removed all the vinyl, your 4th of July Messy Canvas project is done.

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