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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Distressed Typography Canvas Art {Monthly DIY Challenge}

Not only is today the second Wednesday of the month and time for March's Monthly DIY Challenge, but it also marks my daughter's 8th birthday.  EIGHT!  How in the world did that happen so fast?   I'm not gonna get all mushy and go into how I feel about my baby turning eight, but I will say, I definitely teared up while tucking her into bed last night.  I made her promise that she'll still wanna snuggle with her mama even when she's eight.  Thankfully, she promised and even agreed to still let me kiss her in public, even in front of her friends.  That's my girl!

Now that I'm feeling all sappy, let's switch gears to what this post is all about....March's Monthly DIY Challenge!  This month's theme was "Blank White Canvas" and I just love what my talented blogger friends created.  

You all know I have a love for the number 4 (obviously!), so of course that is the first thing that popped into my head when this month's theme was decided.  

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- Blank White Canvas
- Blue Painter's Tape
- Black Craft Paint
- Mod Podge
- Elmer's Adhesive Letter's
- Cece Caldwell Wax and Aging Dust
- Wax Brush
- Lattice Strips
- Minwax Jacobean Stain
- Brad Nailer
- Sandpaper
- Paint Brush and Ruler

I started by making a border around the edge of the my canvas using painter's tape.  

I painted the border black using craft paint then peeled off the tape while the paint was still wet.  If you look close you can tell that my lines aren't perfect.  I wasn't too concerned with the paint bleeding since I planned on distressing the canvas a bit anyway.
I used a ruler to freehand a number four onto my canvas then filled it in with the same black craft paint I used on the border.  I then glued down my Elmer's letter's using Mod Podge.
I know you are probably sick of hearing me talk about Cece Caldwell wax and aging dust, but this stuff is seriously amazing.  It's a bit pricey, but I've used it on furniture as well as many DIY projects and I still have at least half the tub left.  For this project, I simply went over the entire piece with wax then aging dust.  I let it dry for a bit then sanded the edges and around my paint lines.
I also decided to add a wood border using thin lattice strips.  I cut pieces down to size using my Miter Saw, stained them with Minwax Jacobean stain then attached the wood to my canvas using a brad nailer. 

 Don't forget to head over and check out the rest of the creative canvas projects!


  1. Katie, you are the queen of typography! This is way cool and I especially love the distressed look of it.

  2. LOVE that distressed look! Gorgeous Katie!!!

  3. Love this! I never would have thought to use wax on canvas!!

  4. This looks so good! With that vintage look it really looks like a metal sign you could find in an antique shop! Super cool :)

  5. Love this, Katie. It's really cool looking and so "you". I especially like how the aging dust distressed the canvas. I need to try that stuff!

  6. Love the antique look you gave it! It doesn't look like canvas at all! And happy birthday to your little lady <3

  7. Ooo, I must look into this distressing dust you speak of, it may be good for my coral canvas too!

  8. Oh, how I love this! I have a few canvas' laying around from a garage sale - not knowing what to do with them. Now I do! This is so beautiful and looks so simple. Thanks for the detailed tute!