Have you ever tried a reverse canvas? This easy craft technique takes a cheap craft store canvas to a whole new level – and it’s a snap with Chalk Couture!
Craft store canvases have to be one of the best bangs for a buck in the whole store. I mean, you basically have infinite possibilities of gorgeous creations! But sometimes, you just want to up the “wow” factor – which is where this neat Reverse Canvas technique comes in!
Now the concept isn’t new – I’ve even had a few readers ask about how to do it before, so today I’m sharing my version of the easiest way to make a reverse canvas. You can totally make the entire thing from start to finish in about 10 minutes – which is basically instant craftification!
I know there are a few different methods on how to do this – but this is my go-to method because you can make this reverse canvas WITHOUT removing staples (which is almost always the hardest part.)
How to Make a Reverse Canvas
For this project, you’ll need:
- blank canvas
- craft knife
- water-based stain
- small brush
- cloth (for removing stain)
- hot glue + gun
- Chalk Couture It’s Good to Be Home transfer
- Fuzzing Cloth
- Chalkology Paste in Storm
- Chalkology Paste in Couture Teal
- Small squeegee
Directions to make a reverse canvas:
- Remove the canvas from the frame using a craft knife and cutting along the edge.
- Use scissors to trim down the canvas to fit on the back of the wood frame.
- Stain the wood frame by brushing on the water-based stain, then wiping off with a cloth. Let dry.
- Create the print on the primed side of the canvas with Chalk Couture. Start by using the fuzzing cloth and put the transfer on then peel off to give it a light coat of fuzz before applying to the canvas.
- Smooth out the transfer on the canvas, then with a squeegee, apply Storm Chalkology Paste to the small letters. Peel up just that section, then dry with a blow dryer for 20-30 seconds. Put the transfer back in place.
- Finish up the print for your reverse canvas with the Couture Teal Chalkology Paste then peel off transfer.
- Put a line of hot glue all around the edge of the canvas then place frame on top and press to hold glue in place.
- Once glue is cooled, you’re ready to hang it up or give as a gift.
Want to see it in action? Watch my YouTube Video on How to Create a Reverse Canvas:
How to Hang a Reverse Canvas:
You have a few different options when it comes to hanging your reverse canvas. You can either use command picture hanging strips – or you could attach small picture hanging hooks to the back of the frame so you have a sturdier option. Just make sure to pre-drill your holes for any screws to make it a bit easier.
OH! And before I forget… the transfer I’m used for this project actually has TWO prints on it. To see how I used the second print, be sure to checkout my blog post on how to make a photo frame.