Before we get to today's DIY project, I need to get real with you about an area of my life. So we're going to play a little game of Truth and Lies. Here we go:
I'm in the best shape of my life. Lie
I am unmotivated. Truth
I'm lazy. Truth
I love to exercise. Lie
I eat healthy. Lie
I'm a sugar-addict. Truth
I need to take better care of myself. Truth
Whew, that was a lot for a Monday morning, right?
The truth is that while I may not have weight issues, I'm out of shape and I've developed some bad habits when it comes to what I put into my mouth.
And recent blood work turned up some scary stuff. Like my bad cholesterol is high. Yikes.
I also found out that I have a double gene mutation called MTHFR (yep, looks like a bad word) that basically means my body has a really hard time getting rid of toxins. Which makes it doubly important that I develop a healthier diet and lifestyle.
So why am I not motivated?
If you've ever tried to change some bad habits in your life, you will understand. It's SO hard to make changes, isn't it? Even when you know they're good for you. Even when they're necessary.
I'd much rather lay on the couch and watch tv or read a book (with a bag of chips in my hand...or a package of Swedish fish and a Coke zero) than eat kale and spinach for lunch and lift weights.
Hopefully in the next couple months I'll be able to share a different story with you. But for now, it's day by day.
Choosing to eat a black bean burger even though a Five Guys just opened up
a couple miles down the street.
a couple miles down the street.
Choosing to get on the treadmill when I'd rather sleep in.
Choosing to say 'no' to soda and 'yes' to water.
You get the picture.
Have you been where I'm at? I'd love some encouragement!
By the way, the MTHFR gene mutation can result in some pretty scary stuff...emotional disorders, depression (which I've struggled with for the past 15+ years...will share more on that another time), as well as heart disease, Alzheimer's, recurrent miscarriage, asthma, cancer...to name just a few. See why I need to get a handle on my eating/exercising...because, sadly there isn't really a pill I can take to make it all better. It needs to be a lifestyle change. If you want to read more, you can check out this informative article on MTHFR from Mommypotamus.com.
I really hope you're still with me because I do have a sweet and simple monogrammed canvas to share today. If you came for the tutorial, here it is. If anything I said above resonates with you, I'd love to hear about it!
Monogram Canvas Tutorial
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I'm sure there are many ways to create a monogram on canvas. This is my way. If you don't have access to some of the supplies, you can either take yourself on a shopping spree (smile) or you can get creative and use something else.
- canvas (I used a large, 16" x 20" canvas)
- chevron patterned frog tape
- small high density roller
- sample pot of paint from Lowes or Home Depot
- Silhouette or other die cut machine
- paper plates and paper towel
Paint Chevron Stripes onto CanvasIf you've never worked with 'shape tape' before, you are going to love how easy it is to get perfect chevron stripes!
Place the tape across the canvas at even intervals. Leave a little hanging off the edges. Use a credit card or hard edge to burnish the tape onto the canvas (difficult to do because the tape doesn't really want to stick well. Trying flipping the canvas over and burnishing it from the bottom).
Pour a little bit of paint onto a paper plate. Have another paper plate with a folded paper towel on it nearby.
Run your paint roller through the paint to saturate it, then roll it a couple times on the paper towel to remove the excess. Here's the reason: if we took a wet roller to the canvas, that excess paint will find a way to seep under the tape and our edges won't be crisp.
Carefully peel up the tape and discard. Admire your pretty stripes.
Notice that the color isn't evenly distributed; I have areas where it's lighter. Normally, if I'm painting onto wood, I would lightly distress with a sanding sponge after the paint dried to remove some of the hard edges and make it look aged. However, because this is canvas, I can't do that. So I created a distressed look during the paint application by keeping it from being too perfect.
If you don't want this look, you'll want to add a little more paint in the step above.
Create the MonogramNow this step doesn't need to be hard, especially if you have access to a computer and you own a die cut machine like a Silhouette. The reason I love my Silhouette is that I can create my artwork in PicMonkey and then upload it right into my Silhouette machine and cut it out.
PicMonkey is awesome because they allow you to use fonts that you already have on your computer. When you click on the large 'T' in the left hand menu, it will bring up the option to use 'Ours' or 'Yours'. All of the fonts in your computer will be, you guessed it, in the 'Yours' tab. The font I used for this application is Monogram KK. It's a free download from dafont.com. This font is perfect for monograms and you can adjust the size as well as merge all the letters together so that it's one cut. Click here to download Monogram KK.
After I enlarged and cut my monogram out of craft vinyl, I carefully placed the negative in the middle of my painted and dried canvas and taped it down with regular green frog tape. (Note: I did NOT peel away the backing from my vinyl. Although it would have made it sticky, I was out of transfer paper at the time and knew it would be very difficult to get the stencil exactly where I wanted it without ruining it).
Next I painted in the monogram with black acrylic paint, being very careful not to get too much paint on my brush. I find a stencil brush applied in a pouncing motion (up and down) is the best way to keep the paint where you want it
After peeling up the stencil, I added a swirly accent in turquoise to the corners of the canvas as well as painted the edges .
This DIY project is a great way to take a plain canvas and personalize it. You have the ability to make it whatever color you like to match a bedroom or other area of your home. This canvas was created for a very special teen that I know, who was getting a bedroom makeover and was in need of some artwork to hang in her 'new' room.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Oh, and just so you know, I've found a way to prepare kale so that my kids are actually fighting over it! True story, and I'll share that recipe soon right here!
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