No-sew Home canvas

Today I’ve written a guest post over at Sew WE Quilt and I wanted to write a companion post to include a project for those who don’t sew. house-detail1.jpgI used fabric for this, but you could also use scrapbook paper or any kind of paper that you had on hand.

You will need:
- 8×10 stretched canvas
- Mod podge
- scraps of fabric
- pen for drawing
- embellishments: buttons, stamps, stamp pad, markers
- pattern (download PDF)

Paint a layer of Mod Podge over your ENTIRE canvas. Lay your fabric over the canvas and with your fingers or a brayer or whatever you have to get any wrinkles or bubbles out. Stretch the fabric over the edges as well.

Cut out all of your pieces ahead of time. You can wing it with your placement or you can use the background from the pattern and lay your pieces in the cutout part.

NOTE: Make sure there is no Mod Podge on the canvas when you use the paper as a template otherwise it will stick.

Once you’ve positioned the heart, lift the placement template away. Lift up part of the heart and apply a liberal amount of Mod Podge with a brush. Lay the heart back down. Do this until the entire heart is stuck down. Continue laying down your pieces and Mod Podging them on.

Don’t worry if you go outside the heart with the Mod Podge because in STEP 3 (below) you’ll coat the ENTIRE canvas with a coat.

This is what your canvas will look like – ick. But when it dries, it’s ever so lovely!

Your canvas will need to be COMPLETELY DRY for this step.

Using a pen or marker you can add detail. I cut out the letters H O M E and Mod Podged those on. I drew all of my lines and squiggles and then added stamping, paint and button embellishments.

Some fun products:
Alcohol Inks (Ranger Inc) – All of my buttons were white, but I sponged on Ranger Alcohol Inks to change their color.
Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush Artist Pens – I use these all the time! I used them for all of the shading and the grass. I like them best OVER a layer of Mod Podge. You can use your finger to blend them or water and a brush. Once they dry they are permanent.
Pilot Permaball - my FAVORITE drawing pen for these types of projects. The tip is a ball so it won’t loose its shape. And if you clog it with paint or Mod Podge you can just scribble on a piece of paper and its fine. I took a workshop with Christy Tomlinson and these are the ones she recommended and they are great.

Once you finish with all your writing, painting, stamping and what-not apply one last coat of Mod Podge over your entire project.


Hope you have fun creating your project!

3 Responses to “No-sew Home canvas”

  1. Heleen Groot Says:

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    Thank you Holly. Another thing to try….. I came over from Sew we quilt, but I will definately be visiting again! Fun, fun fun!

  2. jane w. Says:

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    awesome and thank you for sharing!

  3. Annie Says:

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    This is so adorable. You do the bestest stuff.