Striped Canvas Art

My four littles share a bathroom, and until this week, other than a shower curtain and hooks for towels, it has been completely bare. I made a super cute piece of striped canvas art to hang on the wall, and I LOVE it.  Since boys and girls are sharing the space, I went for a yellow, white, and turquoise color palette, along with a whale theme.  I am slightly obsessed with stripes right now, and I love the way they look on the canvas!

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-painters tape

-spray tape

-stencil of choice

-craft paint & foam brush


1.  Adhere the painter’s tape ( I used 1.88 inch tape) to your canvas, in the width of stripes you want. You can eyeball it, or measure it out–whatever you need to get the stripes as even as possible.  Make sure the tape goes around the sides, so your stripes will too. Since I was spray painting both of the flag canvases, I went ahead and applied my stars at the same time.

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2.  Spray paint your canvas– easy, even strokes are best!  Let dry completely.

3.  Apply your stencil. Make sure it lies as flat and against the canvas as possible, then use a foam brush to apply the paint.  Several light coats are much better than one thick one–it will greatly reduce the chance of any paint seeping under the stencil.  Let dry completely.

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That’s it!!!  SO simple, and CUTE!

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  1. What kind of vinyl did you use to cut the stencils from your silhouette? I have been wanting to do this but I don’t know what type of vinyl to buy that will be removable. Thanks!

    1. I did use my Silhouette to cut out the stencils, and I used their premium vinyl. I’ve never had it stick to any surface that I’ve stenciled, and I’ve used it on metal, glass, wood, and now canvas. Good luck!!!

  2. Love this idea! I want to try this soon. You make everything look so easy, but this sounds like something even I can do!

  3. That is SO cute! I am so much trouble getting vinyl to stick to my canvas. Do you have any tricks?

    1. Getting vinyl to stick to canvas can be tricky, but I’ve found a really light hand helps. I’m always tempted to push hard on the vinyl to get it to stick, like I would on wood or metal, but canvas is the opposite. Use just your finger to carefully go over all the edges and over the top of stencil, and just press gently. Usually I can get it to stick. When you’re painting, dab and pat instead of pushing your brush down really hard–it will be less likely to go under the stencil that way. Good luck!!!

    1. It’s a design from the Silhouette online store! Do you have a Silhouette? If not, you may be able to find a stencil online–maybe etsy?

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