Summer Roundup – Part 1
This Way To The Lake Canvas
Well, we have officially finished the first full week of school here. Raise your hand if a) you have sung “It’s The Most Wonderful Day of The Year” at least once, b) you are sick of making lunches already c) found yourself wandering the wine aisle at the grocery store…. Hahahaha! Don’t judge. Welcome back to the reality grind!
The weather turned cooler in the last couple of weeks and the evenings and mornings are definitely chilly. Although this week was unseasonably warm (and I am NOT complaining in the least!), I thought with summer coming to a close, it might be fun to do a roundup of sorts. Easy crafts that are reminiscent of summer activities, memories and those found treasures along the way; all cottage, lake and camp inspired.
We didn’t make it up to a lake this year but I know many of you did. Despite not being cottagers or boaters, I have always enjoyed simple décor pieces with lake themes. There’s something very comforting in water inspired colour schemes and activities associated with summertime lake living. Todays DIY pays homage to the simple word “LAKE”.
As always, I hope to inspire your creativity. This is a project that anyone can do, with or without special tools. Today I am going old school because I wanted this to have a slightly rustic feel. If you are a little OCD and NEED perfection, you could use a Cricut or the like, or less techy you could simply use store bought vinyl letters. OK, let’s get started!
You will need:
· A wooden canvas. These can be found in various sizes from DeSerres art supply stores or in my case, a ‘dollar store’
· At least two colours of paint, one light and one dark and any other colour for accents
· Carbon paper and pencil or vinyl letters
If using an inexpensive canvas, prep your board by giving it a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. Often the cheaper ones have a slightly rougher finish. Give it a good wipe down to get rid of the dust.
Paint the top and sides of your wooden canvas using the lighter colour. I used Fusion mineral paint in Lamp White (leftover from another project). While this is drying, let’s move on to the next step…
Total aside, can I just tell you that you should have a box of Glad Press and Seal in your paint box arsenal. This stuff is absolutely brilliant for covering and sealing paint brushes and rollers while you are in the middle of a project. This stuff really keeps the air out and can be used again and again until that project is finished. Greatest. Invention. Ever.
Using the computer, I typed out the word LAKE, arranging the letters LA over KE. Use whatever word works for you – ROW, OAR, BOAT – you get the idea! Enlarge the letters to whatever size works best for your canvas. In this case, I think I enlarged them to around 48 pt. I also printed out an image of a paddle/oar. Again, enlarge this to fit your canvas. I wanted the paddle to be wider than the letters.
You may need to do a little cutting and taping to get your letters and oar in the position you want them. Once you’ve got your layout done, place the carbon paper dark side down on the canvas followed by your print layout. Use painter’s tape to secure it to the board.
Trace over your letters and oar. Remove the layout and carbon papers – I always find this part exciting!
Using your darker colour and a fine tipped paint brush, outline with paint around your words and oar, then paint the rest of your canvas. I used Fusion mineral paint in Liberty Blue (again, leftover from another project). I recommend two coats to get a good contrast between light and dark. When your paint is dry, embellish your oar/paddle with different colours and patterns. I used triangles to give the impression of the paddle acting as an arrow (Fusion paint in Tuscan Orange).
And that’s it! How easy is that?? Leave your canvas as is or use your artistic license to age it. You could go over it with a tinted wax or sand it slightly to give it a weathered look. However you choose to finish it, display it with pride and remember those lazy, hazy days of summer!
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