If you’ve been following my blog for long, you know that I like to find unique projects to create with my cutting machine. So, I’m super excited to share today’s project with you. It’s totally different from anything I’ve ever done before and I had so much fun creating it. The background for this canvas art is painted with Marabu Easy Marble. I think it turned out amazing! This was my first time using marbling paints and I think I’m in love. Not only did I marble these canvases, but I found lots of other sign blanks in my stash that I marbled just for fun. It’s actually quite easy to do and a little bit addicting. Read on for the full tutorial.

 

This post is sponsored by Darice and Marabu USA, but all words and pictures are mine. Read my full disclosure policy.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE FREE SVG FILE

The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project.  I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library.  These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others.  This library is open to everyone and is free! You can access the library here.

STEP 2: USE EASY MARBLE TO PAINT THE CANVASES

Start by filling up an old/disposable container with cold water.

Add a few drops of easy marble to the water.

Repeat with the next color of marble paint.

Continue adding the marble paint until you’ve added all the colors.

Take a wooden skewer and lightly drag it through the paint.

I first dragged side to side.

Then, up and down.

Now, it’s time to dip the canvas.

Use your index fingers to hold the canvas from the underside. Try not to let your fingers touch the sides of the canvas. If you do, the sides won’t get covered with paint.

Start by dipping one end of the canvas into the water.

Slowly, push the entire canvas under the water.

Hold the canvas under the water with one hand. With your other hand, grab a scrap piece of cardstock and drag across the water to pick up the rest of the paint.

Once the rest of the paint is out of the water, you can pull the canvas out. Shake off the excess water and set aside to dry. Repeat with the other two canvases.

It is so fun to see how differently each canvas turns out. In fact, these marbled canvases would look amazing as wall art without the vinyl quote, but I wanted to add this cute quote and hang it in my daughter’s room.

STEP 3: CUT AND TAPE VINYL DECAL

Once the canvases are completely dry, apply a couple of coats of Mod Podge. This will protect the paint from coming off when you apply the vinyl. It will also create a nice finish for the vinyl to stick to.

While the Mod Podge is drying, open the design in your software program and size it to fit in your canvases (I sized my design to 8.8″ x 8.6″.). If you’re using more than one color, add registration marks to make layering easy.

Do you need help adding registration marks?  Be sure to check out these tutorials.

How to add registration marks in Design Space
How to add registration marks in Silhouette Studio

When everything is sized correctly, cut the design in both black and white with your Cricut or Silhouette.  Once everything is cut, weed away the excess vinyl.

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little bigger than the design. Place the transfer tape on the white vinyl and smooth it down. Then, trim off the excess transfer tape.

Fold over a small section of the vinyl backing, so the registration marks are exposed.

Position the white registration marks over the black registration marks.

Carefully, pull off the backing of the white vinyl, make sure to keep those registration marks in place.

Then, smooth down the white vinyl over the black.

STEP 4: APPLY VINYL TO CANVASES

Be sure to let you canvases dry completely (even overnight if possible) before applying the vinyl.  It will stick much better if everything is totally dry.

Cut apart each section of the vinyl decal.

Rub over the design with an application tool to help the vinyl stick to the transfer tape.  Then, carefully pull off the vinyl backing.

Center the design on the canvas and rub over the design with your fingers.

Carefully, pull off the transfer tape. If the vinyl doesn’t stick well, use your fingers to help it stay in place. Once the transfer tape is off, press the design onto the canvas. Repeat with the other canvases.

STEP 5: ADD HARDWARE FOR HANGING

Make a mark 1″ from the edges along the bottom of the canvas.

 

Screw in hooks where you made the marks.  Repeat on the middle canvas. You’ll also need to screw in eyes to the tops of the middle and bottom canvases (see picture below).

Once everything is screwed into place, connect the hooks and eyes together.

That’s it. Wasn’t that a fun project? I want to go buy a sign blanks so I can create more!

Here’s a quick video that shows how I used the Easy Marble paint on one of the canvases. Isn’t it fun to watch? I’m telling you, it’s addicting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the Resource Library.

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