November 01, 2009

Graffiti Painted Canvas Placemats




Over the last year I created three different sets of painted canvas placemats.   We use these almost exclusively on the dinner table and REALLY LIKE them.   First off, they don't require washing.  When they get dirty, you just wipe off with a sponge.   They don't show any signs of wear and are delightfully fun to have on the table.   They are made from artist grade canvas (not canvas cloth), and I'd think would bend for generations ..

They are easy to make, but can be quite time-consuming.   In case you are so inclined, basically this is how it's done ....

  • I cut a piece of canvas (I buy it in rolls at are 17 yds by 60" wide) that is large enough to create 4 placemats, plus a small amount for other stuff).
  • I painted the entire piece of canvas a bright orange .. It generally takes two coats.   The back side was painted with an orange wash.

  • Then, I took the canvas to the outside 'painting area' and, using a couple stencils, added spray paint. 
  • After sufficient drying time, brought back in the house, and using a purple permenant marker, added some writings.

  • Pulled out my containers of rubber stamps and painted, and added additional colors and designs. 
  • Cut the canvas to 4 pieces at 19" x 15"
  • Turned over 1/2" all the way around and stitched. 
I made 5 sets altogether, which I plan on listing in my shop (although I'm loving a couple sets myself). 

1 comment:

german said...

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