I don’t know why I like canvas, but I really do. Maybe it’s the look of it, maybe that I feel like an artist when I hold it. I know, I’m not, but I feel like a blank canvas is an opportunity to create something great. It’s a…blank canvas! 😉

So when I see them at rummage sales or outlet stores priced really low, I snatch them up. Here’s my current stash. 

I don’t look at the artwork that’s on them, because they can always be painted over. They can make a great accompaniment on gallery walls or on their own.

Again, I’m not an artist. If I were, I would be making some beautiful paintings with these. But I buy them because I’ve discovered that you can use the canvas to create the look of expensive canvas fabric prints by using it as a backing for photos, posters, printed expressions on paper or cardstock, and maps.

Here’s an example of how I use a canvas. Below is one that I picked up at a rummage sale. Actually the verse and artwork are cute, but I was looking to do something else.


Several coats of spray paint…

Next I used a layer of Mod Podge over the entire surface of the canvas.

Then I affixed the paper.

Another coat of Mod Podge over the entire surface of paper and canvas. Photos, cardstock, and posters will work better because of the quality, but paper will still work. There will be some bubbling but small bubbles will diminish when dry.

I’ve included some more examples where I used this process. Below is a folded map that we were given from a 1963 issue of National Geographic. I used the same process for the map that I used for the paper. This has become a big conversation starter.

If you want to print some verses on the computer and put them on 8×10 canvas boards, Amazon has some good deals on them. For $11.99, you can get a 12-pack.

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