Fall Pinterest Challenge: Dancing on Canvas

I know. Everyone else posted their Fall Pinterest Challenge projects on Tuesday!

So why I am just linking up now? Well, you see, I had a plan to wait until Halloween was over so my Grunge One & Two pumpkins could stay in the spotlight for the occasion. But since this Challenge has become a little mini tradition for me, being late to the party was better than not partying at all!

Here’s a look back a my projects from the other Challenges:

Summer Challenge 2012: Mini Dipping!

Winter Challenge 2012: Light Please, Capiz

Fall Challenge, 2011: Serving It Up In Style

Summer Challenge 2011: My Rocking Chair

It was tough to pick a project this time around with the ton of inspiration I’ve pinned, but in the end a magazine ad decided for me. DIY canvas art has been on my radar, and this is where I jumped off…

This project was created by Char from Crap I’ve Made blog and shared in a guest post over at Tatertots & Jello blog.

Here’s the magazine image that caught my eye.

You can see the edge where the page has been torn from the magazine. And it’s because of this edge that my project took on a life of its own.

I liked the softness of the torn edge, and decided to tear around the rest of the edges.

I didn’t want the insert at the top, so tried to tear it out by following the curve of the ceiling.

And even though I’m a big fan of Freixenet, I wanted to remove all of that from the bottom, too.

I think the ‘Wonderfully Unexpected’ adds to the feeling of this piece, so I decided to leave it in. I mean, it’s not every day you see table dancing like this!

Next, I used Elmer’s Spray Adhesive to glue the image onto the canvas.

And Krylon’s Matte Finish to protect it.

The canvas was just one I’ve had kicking around, and you can see it’s not a top-of-the line canvas. Notice the staples?

They’re not ideal, but I was planning to paint the canvas edge black.

See how most of the staples become invisible at a glance?

I used a small foam roller to paint the edges, and leftover black paint from our TV easel project.

At first I tried to keep the edges crisp where the black was painted, but I didn’t like how it looked. So I randomly rolled the paint just over the edges.

That seemed to work better with the jagged edges of the image.

Next came the big leap of faith in this project. To cover the image and canvas with Modge Podge.

One last look before the point of no return…

And then the leap!

I used a foam brush to apply the Modge Podge, and worked horizontally. I started at the bottom and gradually covered the surface with long, even strokes.

And… not only can you see these long, even strokes, but look at the ripples in the image.

Yah, apparently magazines and Modge Podge tend to do that :-( Did you know that?

So while my project was ‘curing’…

My fingers were crossed that these ripples would magically smooth themselves out.

And while I waited for it to ‘cure’ I did a little reading up on this whole process…

Here’s what I learned:

  1. When you cover magazine pages with Modge Podge, you need to expect ripples and wrinkles. That’s because when magazine pages get wet they will crinkle like you see here.
  2. But… if you must seal the deal with Modge Podge, then you are advised to use a foam brush (whew, at least I got that right)
  3. And brush a ‘very’ thin layer over the surface in short strokes, working out the wrinkles as you go.
  4. The caution is to not over-wet the surface. (Um… I guess I got that part all wrong!)

So, after all that are you dying to see the outcome? I know I was, but I bet you’re not holding your breath like I was!

We went from this…

To this…

To this!

You can definitely still see ripples and wrinkles, but they did flatten out a lot. Still, this was not the outcome I had envisioned.

I’m not loving the perma-ripples, so I might give this project one more go. But wouldn’t you know it, I couldn’t find this ad in any of my other magazines. So my hubby, being the kind of guy that he is, went out and bought me another copy! And I didn’t ask him to do that. Think I’m committed now ;-)

Freixenet is a Spanish sparkling wine that is hugely popular world-wide, and is a pride of Spain. I was first introduced to it by my cousin when I was about 20, and it’s been one of my go-to’s ever since! Thanks for the introduction, Wayne! Aside from my own affection for this sparkling wine, one of the things I loved about the ad image was its intensity and heat. It reminded me of Goya’s La maja, which I wrote about here!

And that’s a wrap for me in this Pinterest Challenge… when I give this project another try, I’ll be sure to post the outcome!

Thank you to these lovely hosts for another fun challenge!

Sherry from Young House Love (Click here to see Sherry’s project)
Katie from Bower Power (Click here to see Katie’s project)
Sarah from Ugly Duckling House (Click here to see Sarah’s project)
Carmel from Our Fifth House (Click here to see Carmel’s project)

If you haven’t already, you might want to pop over to their blogs to see their projects, and all the others that entered this challenge!

I’m curious… do you have any tips for me before I take the plunge and give this project another go? What are your tricks of the Modge Podge trade?

 Thanks for stopping by!

Photographs: Sheila Zeller