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Cheap Art Rocks!
Make your own altered art canvases for almost nothing! I bought a bunch of canvases in a half price sale at the art store, everything else used here was in the stash! I made this for a friend who is having a baby to hang in her nursery.

Posted by jojobeandesigns from Wayne, New Jersey, United States • Published See jojobeandesigns's 48 projects »
  • Step 1

    Just like in my ATC workshop, this piece of art begins with lots of layering. Tear your text paper into random shapes, then glue to the pre-stretched canvas with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Make sure you smooth the paper carefully to prevent bubbles.

  • Step 2

    Cut your desired main image from a magazine or other source. Here I used a photo of ranunculus flowers from a magazine. Once you have decided on the correct placement, use a glue stick to secure it to your canvas and press firmly.

  • How to make a collages. Altered Art Canvas - Step 3
    Step 3

    Apply a thin line of glue and secure a length of ribbon to one side of your page. Now we have a focal point (the flower) and also create a border on one edge.

  • How to make a collages. Altered Art Canvas - Step 4
    Step 4

    Embellish to your heart's content! Here's what I did here:
    - added a shipping tag by removing the string and inking the edge. I wrote a message with fine point marker and secured the tag to the canvas with glue. then I added a brad and button to the top of the tag.
    - Added heart cutouts in different shapes to the tag and corners. I cut them and inked the edges in green
    - Added gold dots around the edges of images with dimensional paint for glitz
    - Embossed a flourish in one corner with green

    Now you have a finished, personalized piece of art ready to hang, customizable in any way to fit your style!

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Andy · Prague, Hlavní město Praha, CZ · 7 projects
this is amazing~
christmas idea i think so Happy

CO + K User

this is so beautiful! thank you so much for posting this. i think i just found my mum's christmas gift Happy
Lolly.Bot · Enfield, England, GB
OMG I <3 it this is amazing!!!
Jennifer T.
Jennifer T. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US
to keep it cheap:
when canvas isn't on sale, hit the thrift store in search of art (on canvas) that you wouldn't mind covering up. it could save you some time w/ layering or give you a base idea for the theme you'll use.
harrylaa · 20 projects
Cheap art certainly does rock!
Dorothy C.
Dorothy C. · Barcelona, Catalonia, ES · 4 projects
What a nice idea for a nursery! In fact you could do this project using any theme you can imagine...

teenager's room, kitchen, entrance hall, bathroom...

thanks for posting!!
queenfairypants · Manchester, England, GB · 75 projects
that is so cool.

Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1432 projects
That looks very pretty!

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