Canvas Word Art

Canvas word art has become one of my new favorite crafts. It's easy and fairly inexpensive.  So far I've tried two different variations and have plans to mix it up again to make a St Patrick's day sign.  

The first variation was a series of Christmas gifts for some of our family this past year.  They were a huge hit, and the idea could also be used to make mother/father/grandparents day gifts. 

supplies: canvas, acrylic paint, vinyl letters, and a foam brush,
also not pictured: ruler and pencil to help line up letters

We used the vinyl letters to spell out words/phrases that reminded us of specific family members and then used one color for each child to make hand prints.

big buddy 

mini man

little lady 

By the time we got around to making a canvas for husbandie's parents, we decided to mix it up a little bit and had the boys help us create an acrostic poem using their "names".

*their canvases where actually old art projects husbandie's school was about
to throw out - we painted them with white primer and then used them
as if they were new
**edit**  A commenter made me realize I forgot to mention the most important step in creating these canvases. You want to make sure you paint all around the letters, then once the paint is dry peel off the letters. The canvas underneath will still be white leaving you with your chosen phrase. 

Since I really liked how these turned out I decided to make a one for Husbandie's valentine's gift.  I wanted to use a different technique and decided to see if shaving cream marble painting would work.

supplies: vinyl letter, canvas, shaving cream, brush, acylic paint.
also not pictured: a large pan and squeegee 
I chose to use part of a chorus from one of our favorite songs (husbandie sang it to me a lot while we were dating and at again at our wedding) and our wedding colors - yes, our wedding colors were bright orange and fushia.

i covered the whole canvas in a layer of orange paint 

i then sprayed shaving cream on to a large pan, used a squeegee to
smooth it out, and made lines and dots with sliver and pink paint

then i ran a tooth pick through the paint, pressed the canvas down on
top of it, and then used a squeegee to remove any excess shaving cream
if you are curious you can listen to the song here

It didn't turn out exactly how I had hoped but husbandie was happy, so I'm not complaining. I'm excited to create another one for Saint Patrick's Day.  If Michael's keeps having their canvases and paints on sale we might just end up with one for every holiday. :)

I would love to hear if anyone else has used similar/different methods to create any canvas word-art.


  1. These are wonderful! I definitely need to try this out sometime. I just discovered your site & wanted to invite you over to link up your blog @ my homeschool blog list if you have the chance! Thanks so much!

  2. These look great, I love the hand print ones

  3. So do you put the letters on first then paint over it? I'm so confused how do you still see the letters once you've painted over it?!

    1. I'm so sorry, I didn't realize I left a key (probably the most key) part out of the instructions. You place the vinyl letters on the canvas 1st and then paint over the whole canvas, you can use one of the techniques I featured or simply a brush and paint. Once the paint is dry carefully pull off the letters to reveal your words - the canvas under your letters well remain it's original color, in our case white.

      I hope the clears things up for you, thanks for stopping by my blog.

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