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A reverse canvas is a technique where you flip a canvas inside out and use the backing as a frame and the canvas as the background. A reverse canvas can be an inexpensive way to decorate your home or office and is a relatively easy art project.

Supplies

  • Canvas

  • Markers

  • Acrylic Paint

  • Crayons

  • Wood Stain

  • Stapler

Directions

Step 1: remove the canvas from the plastic cover

Step 2: turn the canvas over, you will see the canvas wrapped around a wood frame. Gently remove canvas from wood backing (use scissors to remove the staples or cut small incisions, be careful not to rip the canvas itself). There is no need to remove the staples.

Step 3: Stain wood frame (if you decide to) using a paintbrush, sponge or paper towel (you only need to stain one side of the frame). Set the frame aside and give it time to dry.

Step 4: decorate the canvas with the design of your choice

Step 5: When the frame is dry (and the design depending on what you decided to decorate with) attach the canvas to the back of the wood frame. Adhere with staples in the four corners.

Step 6: Enjoy decorating your home with your reverse canvas!

 You can either lean your canvas against a mirror or wall. Your canvas can be hung with command strips or by attaching saw tooth hooks.

Resources

Daily Mixed Media Challenge

Invigorate your art practice by joining designer and Faber-Castell creative Mou Saha for a month of mixed media exploration. Each day, Mou shares her favorite techniques for adding textures, creating layers, playing with color, and transforming trash into treasure. This series is a skill-building powerhouse that will enhance your mixed media work and open your eyes to new possibilities.

Art Meets Life: 31 Ways to Combine Watercolor and Flora

Artist and designer Kristy Rice gives you insight into her signature style which cleverly combines actual fragments of flowers and greenery with watercolor embellishments. Whether your blossoms are fanciful or hyper-realistic, you’ll be delighted to see how the addition of actual plants makes the composition pop – literally!

How to Cut a Mat and Frame Your Artwork

Having your artwork and photos professionally framed can be pricey—especially if you have several pieces to frame. In this class, Hilary Williams shows how to professionally mat and frame your artwork at home for a fraction of the price. You will learn how to mount and back artwork of any size and add a dust cover to finish it off. Whether you’re an artist with a collection of pieces that need to be framed, or you simply want to frame your favorite family photos, this class will show you exactly how simple it is to get a professional look at home.