I get excited when I see new craft ideas that I haven’t attempted yet. I have heard about reverse canvas a few times and knew that I had to attempt it. Essentially, you are taking the canvas off of a frame and then using the other side to attach a design and exposing the frame. Sound confusing? Don’t worry it’s not! I will walk you through this reverse canvas & faux stain tutorial step by step!
First you need a canvas. It doesn’t need to be a pricy one! I get mine in multipacks from any craft store or online! You are going to dissect it by removing the staples. I used a butter knife and needle nose pliers because I had that on hand but they have nifty staple removers that make the job a lot easier! Once you get it all off you will reveal that it has a pretty nice frame that you couldn’t see!
Now you could stain it but shortcuts that turn out amazing can be your friend. If you are a crafter than Faux staining might be your new fave thing. I wanted a slightly darker stain than my regular brown so I added a little black and then used my paint brush to mix it…but you apply with a baby wipe. Yes…baby wipes! Now don’t think I am crazy…it works!
Dab the baby wipe in the paint and start rubbing it on. Because you are applying with a wipe it does not do full coverage which is what we want. You can see in the above picture that it allows color and grain to pop through. If you want to lighter wipe off more, darker then just add more. It dries quickly and it looks great!
Now put the frame to the side and decide what you want to put in your canvas. If you have the ability to paint or hand letter, great! My handwriting rivals drs prescriptions so heat transfer vinyl is my choice! So my Silhouette Cameo is once again my favorite crafting machine. I use Siser HTV and the design uses the Desmond font (all caps) and Bromello. I made sure that it fit the way that I wanted on the canvas and then heat pressed it. With this kind of project you could could also iron it but I really prefer the pressure and temp from a a heat press so that it melts into the fabric for maximum adhesion.
I use this heat press and I absolutely love it. It was inexpensive (for a press) and it is a easy to use! For a smooth htv it presses for 15 seconds at 305 degrees.
Once you have pressed on your canvas your frame should be dry if you did the faux stain method. If you are ready line it up to make sure that you like the placement and then trim the excess. Remember you are not wrapping it around like it came so there will be quite a bit of excess. Then make sure the canvas is pulled right and staple it back on. You need a heavy duty stapler for this. I used this one that is meant for things like upholstery and it worked great! I added a sawtooth hanger to the back for easy hanging.
Then flip it over hang and enjoy! I love how this turned out and I can tell you that this is not the last of these signs that’s will be making!
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