Those of you who know me well may shiver a little at the sight of this cheery and adorable cupcake canvas, but only because there is a well documented relationship between the cuteness of my drawings and the rottenness of my week. Suffice it to say that if I ever draw a kitten and a puppy flanking a cupcake, my fellow wonderstrange artists will know to call the authorities. Or Ben and Jerry . . . and Jack Daniels. At any rate, when this sweet little cupcake appeared in my sketchbook in the middle of a very terrible week, I decided it would look super cute on a canvas in a kitchen. Since my daughter just so happens to have an apartment to decorate in the fall, she picked the colors, and I went to town. Keep reading to see how you can make your own canvas wall art using this cupcake – or any of our Wonderstrange Digis.
Canvas (I used a 5×5 canvas with 1.5 inch sides, but any size will work)
Black permanent marker
Gel medium or other adhesive
Spray sealant (I like it glossy)
Ribbon the same thickness as your canvas
1. Paint the front and sides of the canvas and set it aside. My daughter pinked this cheery pink color.
2. While the paint dries, print your digital image on medium weight cardstock and color it using markers, then cut it out.
3. Once your canvas is dry, use masking tape to create a square in the center, then paint a second color in the middle
4. Let the paint in the masked off section dry almost but not quite all the way (otherwise, when you peel off the tape, you might lose some of the paint, too). Peel carefully reveal the square (or rectangle) you painted in the middle.
5. Use a thin layer of matte gel medium to glue the image down on to the canvas. Brush a little along the edges to be sure they are adhered firmly.
6. Use a black permanent marker to outline the edge between the two colors. This makes the square stand out and camouflages any uneven bits of the edges. Add any text you want to use (like “Hey Cupcake”) and use a white gel pen to introduce highlights.
7. Seal with a glossy spray.
8. To adhere the ribbon to the edge of the canvas, I used permanent double faced tape, but you can use whatever adhesive you prefer. The gingham ribbon is a true testament to what a bad mood I was in because, seriously, how cute it that? Very.
This thick edged, square shape is perfect for sitting on a shelf, your desk, or a book case, and in the 5×5 size, it is even light enough to hang in a cubicle with only a couple of push pins to hold it up.
Why not see if it brightens your mood to make an adorable canvas for your kitchen, study, or office? Use any of our digital stamps to make it happen, send us a picture, and you could win a free digi of your choice!