Have you heard about how to do a reverse canvas? I purchased a large pack of 8x10 canvases for a dollar each and got right to work!
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Tools needed to make a reverse canvas project:
Exacto Knife (optional)
Step 1 Pry staples out with painter’s tool
You can pry the staples out as is, or you can use the exacto knife to cut around the canvas. I prefer to just tackle the staples. Pry the staples up with the painter’s tool.
First, pry the staples.
Step 2 Pull staples out of frame
Then, use needle nose pliers to remove all staples from the wooden canvas frame.
Step 3 Remove canvas from wooden frame
Step 4 Trim Canvas Material
Finally, trim the canvas. It’s recommended that you trim the canvas slightly. After attaching it to the back of the frame, trim the canvas close to the staples.
Step 5 Inspect Wooden Frame
Take a close look at the front of your new frame. It may need sanding.
Step 6 Paint Frame
You may want to paint or stain your new frame. There will be small joints in all the corners. Painting helps to disguise these joints and make them less noticeable. Allow paint/stain to dry.
Step 7 Reattach Canvas
This canvas was trimmed close. You may find it easier to leave extra material as you reattach the canvas. Carefully trim material close to staples.
Step 8 Display your new artwork using a reverse canvas
I am addicted to reverse canvas projects. I love the look. This Summer is my Happy Place transfer is one of my favs.
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I did a video for those who prefer watching how things are done.
Have YOU done a reverse canvas project? Did you already know how to do it? Or is it on your to-do list?
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Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
Why not just buy unstretched canvas, cut it to size, decorate, and frame? Or did your canvas already have the saying on it when you purchased it? I’m confused .
While you think that is a great idea, I think spending a dollar and getting the canvas material AND the frame is better. 🙂 I'm not a framer, nor am I an artist.
I think this is a great idea for those who have done those wine and paint classes and wish their paintings were framed. To each his own I guess. lol