Monday, February 16, 2015

Octopus Canvas Art DIY

With all of the painting, projects, and renovations that we have going on at our beach condo, we were in need of some inexpensive wall art.  We have some big walls, so I wanted something larger than would make an impact.  We didn't have a lot of time before our renters would be in town, so I needed some artwork that I could make quickly as well.  I needed a beach theme and I loved this octopus I found on the internet.

To make this DIY Octopus Canvas print you will need Mod Podge, a foam brush, a canvas size 24" x 36" inches, and a black and white graphic drawing.  I had a canvas frame that I took off another canvas that I spray painted silver, but you could also hang it unframed.  Paint the edges of your canvas a coordinating color for the framed look without the expense.

Source: The Graphics Fairy Octopus
I found this Octopus graphic at The Graphics Fairy.  I saved the graphic to my computer.  I then went to Staples online print shop and ordered an engineering print 24" x 36" of this graphic.  The site warns that this type of copy is not suitable for photos, but this octopus graphic came out great.  Cost: only $4!

To attach your print to the canvas, use your foam brush to apply a heavy coat of Mod Podge to your canvas.  Press your print onto the canvas, smoothing out the bubbles.  I wish I had put a heavier coat of Mod Podge on my first layer.  I think this would have helped it adhere better and reduced the number of wrinkles.  Allow to dry and then paint a layer of Mod Podge to the top of your print.  Allow to dry and continue to add Mod Podge until it is securely attached.  

Now you can frame your canvas and hang it on the wall.  I love how big this print is.  Plus, after a 50% off coupon from JoAnn's, my canvas was under $15.  Making the total of this project Under $20.  Looking for a different theme?  I'm sure you could find a great black and white graphic for whatever look you need.

We've done as much work at the condo that we could before the renters came.  While we won't be able to visit for a couple of months, I'm looking forward to getting back there to actually enjoy it soon.  Of course, there are still quite a few projects we would like to do as well.

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