Hi all you do-it-yourselfer’s, Janeane again from Janeane Pittman Interior Design.
I made this super cute project from canvases found at Goodwill of Orange County. It is the perfect way to add a little whimsy into your home all while using recycled items and helping to create jobs for people in your community facing barriers to employment.
Here are the steps to make this DIY Bird on a Wire Art:
- Two unframed art canvases from Goodwill
- Decoupage medium
- Three pieces of scrapbook paper with script
- Charcoal acrylic paint
- White acrylic paint
- Sponge brush
- Medium size artists paint brush
- Liner artists paint brush
- Paper towel
- Materials from Goodwill: $11.98
- Materials from other stores (excluding materials I already had): $1.94
- Total Project: Approx $14.00
Step 1-Place canvas on its side and draw a pencil “cut” line on the backside of the scrapbook paper the exact size of the canvas side edge.
Step 2-Continue drawing cut lines for all four edges of each canvas.
Step 3-Cut the strips of scrapbook paper along the pencil cut lines.
Step 4-Draw a cut line and cut to size a piece of scrapbook paper for the fronts of each canvas.
Step 5-With a sponge brush, lay on decoupage medium onto the edge of the canvas.
Step 6-Lay the cut-to-size piece of scrapbook paper on top of the decoupage medium and rub it flat with your finger. When you rub, it is fine if wrinkles and small bubbles are present. Just try to get the paper as fixed to the canvas as possible.
Step 7-Apply more decoupage medium on top of the scrapbook paper to secure to canvas. Repeat steps 5 to 7 on all edges of both canvases.
Step 8-Apply decoupage medium to the front of the canvas, place paper on top, & rub flat.
Step 9-Apply a generous layer of decoupage medium to the front of the canvas on top of the paper and repeat on other canvas.
Step 10-Allow canvases to completely dry.
Step 11-With a medium size artists brush, randomly apply on charcoal colored paint to the front of the canvases leaving an organic, feathered edge with approx three-quarters of an inch border of paper showing.
Step 12-After both canvases are painted with the charcoal paint, begin the next step prior to them drying completely.
Step 13-With the same medium size brush, start rubbing in a small amount of white paint into the wet charcoal paint.
Step 14-Before the white paint drys, take a paper towel and blend the white paint in until you get a chalkboard effect. It is better to work in small sections so the white paint will blend.
Step 15a-After the charcoal and white paint are dry, place the canvases side by side and paint a loose oval between the two in charcoal. Half an oval will be on each of the canvases.
Step 15b-The loose oval in charcoal unify the canvases and creates a point-of-focus. Set aside to dry.
Step 16-Paint a slightly angled white line across the side by side canvases to create the wire. Add a little bird on the left canvas sitting on the wire within the charcoal oval.
Step 17-Hang and enjoy.
I hung the pair in my laundry room and accessorized it with a light blue pot I also found at Goodwill of Orange County. I love how I got to reuse something and turn it into unique home decor.
Remember what these canvases looked like before. You would never know that these were mismatched pieces.
Have fun while reusing, recycling and repurposing. And of course #FindTheGood!
Interior Designer at Janeane Pittman Interior Design