I can’t believe Easter is coming up so quickly. It seems like this year has just flown by. Winter is over and the spring flowers are just beginning to poke through the soil. Let’s face it, last year was not a good year, especially for those of us that really look forward to family gatherings. Easter last year was one of those days. No, parents, kids, or grandkids to be seen or hugged anywhere. It was hard. This year, there will be easter eggs to be hunted, food to be eaten, and best of all, hugs to be given. I am very excited!
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You know I love my Silhouette Cameo (I have this one) and this project uses the Cameo to make those adorable egg stencils using permanent vinyl. This is a very easy project and makes such a great focal point on your wall, and you can easily change the entire look by simply changing the colors or tones you use for painting the canvases.
Here is a list of the supplies I used to make my canvases. With the exception of the stretched canvases I already had everything on hand from prior projects.
- 9 x 12″ stretched canvas
- Acrylic paints in spring pastel colors
- Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge
- Cameo Silhouette 4
- Permanent Vinyl
- Transfer Tape
- Weeding Tools
Cutting Your Egg Design
The first thing I did was to design my egg pattern that I wanted to put on my canvas and size it to fit. then it was simply a matter of sending to my Silhouette Cameo 4. It was really simple, and will be even easier for you because I am giving you my design to free for personal use.
After the Easter Egg stencil was cut it was time to weed the design. This was really simple because the egg was fairly large. I then used transfer tape to move the stencil onto the canvas. This was a bit trickier than I thought as the vinyl was not wanting to adhere to the canvas as well as I thought it would. It did work however, it just took a bit of patience to get it down.
Prepping the Canvas for Paint
This is the most important part of the process. If you skip over this you will end up with a blurry canvas. The paint will seep under the vinyl in any areas that are not sealed. What is this magical method of keeping paint from seeping under the vinyl? How do I keep those lines crisp? Well, the answer is simple and available almost anywhere. It is… Mod Podge! I prefer the dishwasher-safe formula, but that is a personal preference, as it can be used outside as well as on the non-food side of dishes.
You want to be sure you seal the egg stencil completely with at least one thin layer of Mod Podge. I sealed the entire canvas with 2 thin layers just to be sure the paint went on evenly across the picture, but you can just seal in the egg if you prefer. Let this dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Finishing the Canvas
Now it is time to add some color to our Easter Canvas. I painted three coats of acrylic paint on each canvas in a different pastel color. I let these dry overnight and in the morning it was time for the real fun to begin.
Once again I took one of my weeding tools and carefully loosened a part of the vinyl from the canvas, making sure I did not puncture the picture at all. This is honestly the best part of this project, watching that final, crisp line reveal itself.
Once you have all the vinyl peeled off check the design for any spots where the paint might have gotten under the vinyl. Hopefully, there won’t be any, but if there is it is an easy fix.
Taking a craft knife or other sharp object, gently scrape off the paint in any area it should not be. This should take care of it, but if if doesn’t you just need to cover it with a bit of white paint or a paint pen, being very careful not to get any on the yellow canvas.
That is it, your canvases are ready to hang. You can use traditional hangers and nails, but I used this. It holds these securely yet removes easily from the wall when you are done. If it doesn’t want to come off, just heat it up a bit with a hairdryer.
I have a bunch of friends that are just as excited for spring as I am, and we are all busy working on our spring crafts, and Easter is just a part of this. Be sure to check out what they are busy doing this season below.