Thursday, June 27, 2013

Classroom Art Print Canvas

After years of being (teaching) blog obsessed, I am very excited to finally be entering the scene as an author!  A quick word about me- I have been teaching for six years in Burbank, California.  I have taught second grade, third grade, two years of kindergarten, and transitional kindergarten.  I will be back to kindergarten in August, and couldn't be more excited!
I have been giving great thought, like most of you, on how I would like to decorate my room for the upcoming school year.  While perusing Pinterest, I came across an adorable free art print that I knew I wanted to display somewhere in my new room, and this is the completed project I came up with:

 I downloaded this adorable printable free from eighteen25.  Get it here.
 I had a 9x12 canvas laying around that was gathering dust, and decided this would be a good use.  Now, this project was kind of a big deal for me, as I had no prior experience with Mod Podge, but it was super easy and I love the way it turned out! 

  • Art Print
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic Paint *I used Martha Stewart's Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint in Sterling.  Found it at Michael's!
  • 2 brushes *I used cheapie sponge brushes
  • Wax paper

Step 1:  Paint the edges and sides of the canvas with your paint color of choice.  No need to paint the entire thing, as you will be covering most of it with your art print.  Give it about 10 minutes to dry.

Step 2:  Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the back of the art print.  Be speedy, as it dries fast.

Step 3:  Place art print onto canvas.  Spend a minute (a full minute, no cheating!) smoothing it out to prevent bubbling.

Step 4:  Brush another thin later of Mod Podge onto the top of the art print.  Lay out the wax paper, and flip the art print over on top of it.  Place some heavy books on the back of the canvas to allow it to dry smooth.  Give it about 30 minute to dry, peel off the wax paper, and voila!

Enjoy your new classroom decor!