dear crafty friends,
i'm sorry that i haven't been around lately... life has been a little busy with work and organizing my home. today i managed to do a quick transformation... I took a $2 picture of a butterfly and turned it into a place to keep and display my flower pins. it's amazing how doing something crafty is so re-energizing!
while i was doing the transformation i shot a video on how to stretch a canvas so tight and even that you can actually bounce a quarter off of it. i can't bounce a quarter off of anything else, so why not a canvas?? ;o)
here's what i started with:
i loved the natural look of the wood! i decided to keep it that way but had a difficult time deciding on the backdrop to use.
i decided on burlap because i liked the color and texture contrast. i cut it bigger than the frame so that i'd have something to grab on to. at first i tried using my electric staple gun, but it was so powerful it started to break little bits of my frame. so i went old school and grabbed my manual stapler.
when i was an art minor, we used to stretch our own canvases and this is how we did it to ensure that it was both tight and even.
- lay the canvas down on the backside of the frame
- put a staple in the midpoint of each of the sides
- start from the midpoint and work your way out pulling and stapling as you go (see video)
once you've worked your way all around your frame, trim the excess fabric/canvas.
and here's the finished product!
thanks for checking out my tutorial... have a wonderful and blessed Easter weekend everyone!!!!