2. Apply a thin and even layer of Modge Podge to your canvas.
3. Position the 12" square of paper on top of it, centering it as neatly as possible.
4. Apply another thin layer of Modge Podge over the top of the paper.
5. It will wrinkle and form air bubbles, but most of these will go away as it dries. Those that don't add texture to the surface!
6. Design and print out the letters for your saying. (It is easier to cut the letters out if you use cleaner looking fonts.)
7. Pick colors that work with the background and use a large font size - 120 pt and up work well.
8. While the Modge Podge dries, cut out your letters. (Keep each word in its own pile!)
9. Lay out the letters and play with them to make sure you like the font, size and color. Is there a word you want to emphasize? You can make it slightly larger and a different color.
10. When the Modge Podge has dried (I sped the process up with a gentle blow from the hair dryer) lay your letters on the background.
11. Check there is room for them where you want them, that there are even distances between letters, and that if the text all starts at the left, each line begins the same distance in from the edge.
12. Look at your design and make it as neat as possible.
13. Glue each letter down, quickly aligning it with the other letters and any horizontal elements you are mirroring.
14. Apply a final thin layer of Modge Podge over the letters, and then the rest of the background.
15. Make sure all the outside edges are stuck down and covered with Modge Podge.
16. Leave it to dry.
17. Using the black acrylic paint, neatly color in the sides of the canvas, quickly wiping off any paint that gets on the background.
18. Sign your work on the back!
Modge Podge – matte or shiny – whatever you prefer!
Brush for Modge Podge
12″x12″ artists canvas
12″x12″ scrapbook paper – an image you love
A quotation or message that inspires you
Computer and printer
Black acrylic paint
another foam brush for painting the paint on