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February 8, 2010

Calendar Canvas Project

I always buy a new wall calendar at the beginning of the year. I pick one out that has pretty pictures-be it photos of flowers or the beach or whatever else strikes my fancy at the time. I think at one time I even had one with different photos of the NYC skyline. At the end of the year, these beautiful {and expensive!} calendars usually end up in the garbage can. For Christmas 2008, Hubby got a really nice Alabama Football Calendar. His Aunt Kaye bought it for him from a guy who professionally shoots photos for the football games.

The pictures inside were of unbelievably excellent quality and I couldn't bear to throw them away. And I didn't want to throw them in a closet somewhere just to sit because they were, like I said, really nice. Sooooo...what did I do? Took my happy little self to the craft store {with a 40% off coupon in hand} purchased two medium sized canvas' and a few sheets of black and white houndstooth Scrapbook Paper and headed home. I painted one canvas solid black and the other solid crimson {*Note to my Readers: The Acrylic Paint at Walmart that sports the color label "Crimson" is not actually Crimson...it's red. Buy Burgundy if you are wanting a Crimson Color.}

After several coats of paint, several layers of Mod-Podge and a lot of patience with the calendar photos, this is what I got:



You can see that the paint is still a little bit wet. I used the Alabama "A" magnet we have on the back of our car to trace the outline onto the Houndstooth paper, cut it out, and then painted the Crimson in the center to add more color.



Rather than trying to paint an outline around these photo's, I used Crimson & Black Grogain ribbon and a hot glue gun. They layed out smoothly and gave the canvas a little bit more texture. I'm really proud of them because, well for one the content of the canvas; two-the hubby really loved them; and three-they actually match my living room so they don't look too terribly out of place.

I also bought a very large 36x28 canvas tonight at Michaels {who, by the way has a 20% off your entire purchase coupon available in store to use on February 15} and I'm working on super exciting new project for my living room. It's BIG and I'm a little bit nervous at taking on such a large project, but I can't wait to share it with you guys. Here is a teeny tiny sneak peak at what I've got done so far...not very much because I just got it tonight, but I'll leave you with it to ponder what on Earth it could be....



{Pardon the mess please. I've currently taken over the Dining Area...and the bar...and the counters...in my kitchen. I don't have anywhere else to craft, so this will just have to do. And we'll just have to eat in the living room in front of our new 42" Vizio.} 'Night!

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