Thursday, March 29, 2012

Popsicle Art

While reading the blogs I follow, I came across this beautiful idea from I figured I could whip some of these up in no time since I have a drawer full of wrapped canvases already. However, the only Popsicle sticks I could find were of the normal size, not the jumbo like Kari used...but I bought them anyway. I figured if I didn't use them for this project, I would for sure find something else for them.

I decided to go a head and try out the regular Popsicle sticks and so far I am quite pleased with how things are going.

What I used:
  • wrapped canvas (bought in bulk at Michael's a while ago)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Popsicle sticks
  • heavy duty utility shears
  • spray paint
  • vinyl

I started by cutting the sticks into a variety of lengths-also making all end square (vs the round ends they come with). Then I got a canvas out began laying sticks down and cutting more in the lengths I needed to fill in the gaps.

 I then decided-before I started gluing-that I wanted the canvas to be landscape instead of portrait orientation, so I cleared the board and started again. After setting all the sticks where I wanted them, I glued each stick down separately with hot glue...working one row at a time until the whole canvas was covered.

As many of you know, I do not own a electronic/computerized craft cutter of any kind, but I do own some vinyl. I grabbed my black vinyl and wrote out the words I wanted for my art (with a pencil so I could erase it later).

This artwork will replace these over my bed-I still like these, but I've been wanting to try something new, and then hang the new decor centered to the headboard :) Using my good ol' scissors, I cut the vinyl into Mr. & Mrs.(free hand of course, because that's how I roll apparently) - I'm going to use the vinyl as (what I like to call) a reverse stencil.

I grabbed my spray paint...all of which are leftovers from other projects.

I started painting with Ocean Breeze. This is just a base coat, so no need to be perfect or have full coverage. I was going for a slightly weathered look, so I thought I might need to sand a little after painting the blue. But since each Popsicle stick absorbs paint differently, I thought the effect did not need any other improvements.

Then, I placed my vinyl onto the blue painted canvas covered in Popsicle sticks. The plan was to then spray paint (over the vinyl and all over the canvas) with the black paint. After it dried, I would then peel off the vinyl letters - what you should see at that point is the letters still blue and everything else would be black (like a reverse stencil).

Due to Mother Nature turning on the water works, I was not able to finish the last part, but I will have a follow-up post with all three signs soon (and hopefully hanging beautifully in the Master Bedroom).

Has Spring ever interrupted your craft plans?

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