This stenciled anniversary date art is a project that has been swimming around in my head for awhile, but I just couldn’t narrow down how I wanted to do it.
I know, I know. You’re saying to yourself “boy that sure looks pretty easy so what was there to narrow down?” Well you see…
I am not a black and white art girl so having black letters on a white canvas did not appeal to me. Then I had thought about painting the canvas one color and doing the letters in a different color, but that seemed too clean and sterile still.
So I put the project on the back burner, until I saw these decorative linen canvases at Michael’s. I knew that look was just the right amount of old world I was aiming for but would still fit in with my other living room decor. Win win I say.
Plus they were 70% off last weekend! I already have so many blank canvases at home begging to be made into something pretty that I really didn’t need to buy these, but at $5 each I just couldn’t say no. Plus there is even a little decorative flair to the edges.
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Stenciled Anniversary Date Art
- 16×20 Decorative linen canvas, or a regular one (Michael’s does not have their decorative linen canvas on their website)
- Paint in color of choice (I used a mixture of black and silver to get a dark metallic grey)
- Paint brush
- Painter’s tape
- 5″ tall Number stencils
- A hard cover book
- Start by taping off the canvas into 3 equal squares. This will help you line up the numbers so that everything is equal. If you are like me and think you can just eyeball it and get it right, you will be sadly mistaken.
- Next, tape down the number stencil you will be using first. Make sure it is lying flat and straight on the canvas. It also helps to put a book or something underneath the canvas so that when you press down to paint the middle doesn’t give.
- Lightly and precisely start painting in the stencil. I found it helped if I used one hand to paint and the other hand to hold the stencil flat. Let dry completely before lifting up the stencil.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all numbers are painted on.
- Stand back and admire your hard work!
Now we have a pretty piece of artwork in our living room that is custom made, has sentimental value, but didn’t cost much in the way of time or money. You just can’t beat that.
Here’s some more decor I’ve made for our living room: