Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Subway Art Canvas

A good friend (and my AMAZING hair stylist, as well) and I were chatting back and forth about a saying she really liked. We discussed whether or not it would be too much to put on the wall in vinyl lettering. Too much? NEVER!  But, we never did iron out the details.

I, hee hee hee, decided to surprise her! I gave her this yesterday:

I started out with a plain white 12" wide by 24" tall canvas purchased from Hobby Lobby.
I painted it Basalt from Ace Hardware.
Once dry, I gave it a light sanding with fine grit sandpaper.
Wiped it clean, then spray painted it Italian Olive by Krylon.

In the meantime:
I had created the subway art from an "inspiration" but changed it to include the whole saying, added custom size font and fine tuned it to fit the area I needed. I cut the design on white vinyl. I weeded the excess vinyl and covered it in application tape.

Italian Olive...dry. I centered the lettering on the canvas and used painters tape to secure the lettering to the canvas creating a "hinge," This allows you to fold your entire vinyl piece on the hinge so you can remove the backing paper. Off with the backing paper! Smooth down the application tape gently with you hand and rub it with a squeegee or a credit card, making sure the vinyl sticks to the canvas like so:


Here's a hint: use a warm damp rag, wipe over the application tape (looks like over sized masking tape). The damp application tape will release the vinyl easily. Work slowly pulling the application tape back from one corner to the other at a diagonal.

There it is. With the vinyl lettering. BUT...I was going for a more industrial, edgy, not quite grunge look. So, of course I couldn't stop! I added a little water to Sherwin Williams' Divine White and wiped it over the lettering with a cloth. I let it sit but not long enough to dry entirely. Then I picked the lettering off, one at a time. I used black Distress Ink on the edges to define an outline for the piece.

Here is the finished canvas again:

She loved it to bits!

Linked to the following parties:

Homemade Projects @ Tip Junkie:
Tutorial Tuesday @ Hope Studios:
Tuesday Glam Party @ Giggles, Glitz & Glam
Anything Goes Party #9 @ Type A Decorating:
Blue Cricket Design Show & Tell @ Blue Cricket Design:
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage:
Hookin' Up @ House of Hepworths
SNS @ Funky Junk Interiors:
Sundae Scoop Link Up @ I <3 Naptime:
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Show Off:
Mad Skills Party @ Mad in Crafts
Creative Juice Thursday #16 @ Momnivore's Dilemma:

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Have a great day!


  1. wow, you are an awesome friend, you did a wonderful job on this. thanks so much for sharing this at my party!!

  2. OH thank you Tammy! I am so glad I found your blog. Thanks for letting me share. :)

  3. LOVE Subway art! I love how you did this! Great job!

  4. Carri - I love LOVE this project!! You did a wonderful job and I love the saying!!

    I featured you on my blog today! Please come for a visit and grab my button!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz


  5. @ Suz~ I stopped by your blog. I am now a follower! YAY! Thanks so much for your compliment and for following me! =)

  6. @ Kristina~ Thank you! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. It looks great! I love your color combination! I'm planning 2 subway projects on canvas, but I don't have a vinyl maker. I'm going to have to use stencils...yikes!

  8. @Miranda~Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I bet your stencil subway art will ROCK! Good luck with your project!! =)

  9. Carri-

    What thoughtful subway art...

    What a sweet gift that was for your friend. I need a SIL. I may not ever leave my house if I get one. I've amassed so many project my to-do wishlist is a mile long...LOL...

    I'd LOVE if you could share this with my readers tonight @Creative Juice Thursday. Party starts @ 7pm CST. Get your crafting shoes on. Hope to see you there...

  10. @Nicolette~Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a great comment. Do for sure look for a blogger deal on a Silhouette. Mine sits on the dining room table...hee hee...so we eat in the living room. =) I have a commercial cutter too but this is so much handier. I will link it to your party. Thanks for the invite.

  11. This is such a great project! Your friend is very lucky. Your post has given me the inspiration to try it out. Thanks

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    1. This is fabulous Carri! I'm new to DIY but would love to make this. How do you make your own vinyls?