Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Semi-DIY {Painted Canvas Wall Art}

WHAT? A DIY?!?! You're probably thinking that shit is going totally cray cray here in Cheeky Cheeky-ville. I know, right?!?!? Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves. This isn't a total 100% DIY, but rather a testing out of someone else's DIY, with my own little tips added in. Baby steps, people. 

This past Christmas, I was feeling very crafty and very poor, so I decided to make my family gifts. GROAN- I know. Normally my homemade gifts would end up looking like Adam Sandler's pathetic cotton ball snowman in Billy Madison, but this Christmas was different. I was determined to accomplish the seemingly impossible for me- a cool, well put together, thoughtful homemade Christmas present. Oooft. Not easy! I scoured the internet to find the perfect gift that I could customize for different people in my family. I came across a song lyric wall art DIY by Elsie from A Beautiful Mess and knew my search was immediately over. It was perfect- adorable painted canvas with quotes or song lyrics picked specially by yours truly. Armed with an arsenal of DIY internet examples, I set out to make my immediate family the best Christmas gifts ever. For this very un-crafty girl, this project was certainly quite an adventure. If there was theme music playing in the background at this moment, it would be the Mary Tyler Moore theme show. I was 100% determined to "make it after all," but so out of my league.

For my parents, I made this stellar canvas with one of our favorite quotes from THE BEST TV SHOW EVER, Friday Night Lights. Anyone who loves Coach Taylor like my parents and I do knows this quote, as it was the constant battle cry for the Dillon Panthers. "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose." AH!!! It makes me want to leap up and actually do shit. Or just make out with Tim Riggins. You know, whatevs. I was momentarily contemplating doing a cutesy lyric from a song or something, but this FNL quote just felt like the perfect addition to the Quinonez household. {I chose sappy/cutesy lyrics for Shane & Diane's and Wes & Megan's canvases.} Plus, note the Dillon Panthers colors. Panther Pride!!! (Seasons 1-3 only, obvi. Seasons 4-5, Go Lions!) UGH, God I am SUCH a loser.

Elsie's step by step guide pretty much covers it all. I put down the yellow coat first, let it dry, and then laid out my letters. After sticking them on, I painted over them with blue paint. I let that dry and peeled off the stickers. Much to my dismay (and I might have even had a slight panic attack) a lot of the blue had seeped under the stickers. I kind of expected to peel off the letters and see total perfection underneath. Alas, this is an imperfect project, and I am most certainly not the Queen of DIY. I decided to fix it as best I could. I went in and made touch ups with yellow paint to define the letters. Even though it's not perfect, I'm kind of in love with how it turned out. I like that it looks handmade. Perfectly imperfect, as they say. It's kitschy and cute, no? 

Some tips:
1. Definitely let the paint dry. If you peel it up too soon, you can wind up doing more harm than good. Just like sex on Prom night, it's worth the wait. Be patient, peeps!!
2. I was stupid and didn't use a level or anything to make sure my lines were straight. Even though you can't really tell, and it doesn't bother me much, if you're looking for perfection, definitely take the time to make sure all of your lines are straight.
3. After doing a few more canvases, I've decided that the larger letters work better, with less paint seeping underneath the stickers. Just a thought, in-case you're a total perfectionist. 
4. Enjoy the imperfections of your DIY masterpiece! I know I certainly do, as do my parents, the receivers of the gift. What was once a blank canvas is now an ode to Coach Taylor. 

Happy DIY-ing, dudes. If a huge klutz like me can pull this off, I have faith in the rest of you. For sure. If you have any of your own canvas wall art DIY photos, I'd love to see them! They're no doubt amazing. Also, anyone else majorly swoon over all things Coach Taylor & FNL?


  1. I love this idea. I did the same thing for christmas, by choosing to make handmade ornaments for all my family members and relatives. It was a rigorous process of trial and lots of error, but the finished product turned out better than I expected.

    But I totally feel your pain when it comes to choosing the 'right' handmade gift. Next year, I'm thinking gift cards for everyone lol


    1. Aww homemade Christmas ornaments sounds like the best gift ever!! I think I might have to try that out.

  2. I need to do this with a Bowie quote ASAP. Love iiiiit.

  3. wow that is really cool. love it :)


  4. That looks really cool though! So many possibilitiessss.

  5. I need to watch FNL. I almost didn't want to admit that I haven't yet (but I will! I promise!) because I know how amazing it is-- all the cool people in my life (my mom...) lovelovelove it. And I've loved the Coach Taylor actor since Early Edition! Anyone else remember that? Hello? ...Is this thing on?

    1. hahah I haven't ever seen Early Edition, but if Coach Taylor's in it, I will definitely check it out. LOVE him!

  6. Also-- I love this DIY. I need to get my ass in gear and make a few hundred. Love 'em.

  7. i absolutely love this! this quote is just awesome!


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