It was plain and now it’s BETTER! CHECK IT OUT. That’s what I did. I checked out a canvas to make this picture stand out and be super special. Keep reading for all the details.
Last year, I made this little picture using my Chalk Couture supplies. I painted a simple canvas board black and then I waxed it with clear wax so my transfer would not stick and take off the black paint when I removed it. Then I used red, white and gold chalk paste to make the picture. I am no longer a Chalk Couture Designer, but if you want supplies, I can refer you to my ex-sponsor who can help you. She is great!
So now, fast forward to this year. I didn’t have my last craft show scheduled for last year, so we didn’t really sell much fall or holiday decor in 2020. It was ALMOST ALL leftover.
I knew I wanted to add some checks to this picture. I could have put it on a board or a frame. But I have several stretched canvases that are not being used (I had wanted to start painting again). It fit perfectly and really makes the black Santa picture come alive.
The process of making my grids and actually painting the black checks did NOT take very long. First I painted the whole canvas white. Then I used a one by one long piece of board to mark my checks off with a pencil. See more details on my FACEBOOK LIVE——-> HERE.
I used heavy body acrylic paint mixed with a craft paint for my checks. I didn’t want to have to go back and do a second coat. Use a blunt straight line brush and let it do the work for you to make your straight lines. When I was finished with my checks, I added gold leaf paint by PLAID in a few places. Use this gold paint to hide any places you get “out of lines”. Please go and follow Debi Rigg at STUDIO MD AZ for more detailed instructions on how to make designer checks. She is a great instructor and has taught me so much! She has free classes and some that only cost $10.00.
When I was finished with the canvas, I decided I wanted to hang it up with a ribbon and a bow. After I did that I tried to hang it up on my garage door…..and VOILA…it works as a door hanger too!
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