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America the Beautiful Canvas

By: Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis was destined to be an artist…at least that was what she was told from Kindergarten on. Born outside of Cleveland, Ohio, she was blessed to have been given an incredible art education all through her school years and from her creative and talented parents. Growing up in a world where every day brought some new creative adventure, it was no surprise that she went on to graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a B.F.A. in graphic design. Her professional life included working in many fields from industrial advertising to American Greetings. Most gratifying was working as a designer for the largest craft company, Plaid Enterprises in Georgia where she now resides.She paints and creates felt soft sculptures inspired by said paintings and now sells them through her shop STELLALOLA on Etsy. She is inspired by many things around her…most importantly, a wonderful family, an insanely happy German Shepherd and one stoic Alaskan Malamut.
Show your patriotic spirit with this beautiful canvas art
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Supplies

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Black Cherry, 2 oz.
Item #224
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Painting Stencils - Large - Circle Medallion
Item #30590
These intricate, laser-cut designs are perfect for backgrounds, borders, focal points and so much more! Durable and reusable, these stencils even come with project ideas, how-tos and a supply list.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Navy Blue, 2 oz.
Item #403
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Baby Blue, 2 oz.
Item #442
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Vintage White, 2 oz.
Item #515
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Metallics - Pearl White, 2 oz.
Item #659
Premium, all-purpose shimmering metallic acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Metallics - Pure Gold, 2 oz.
Item #660
Premium, all-purpose shimmering metallic acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Metallics - Antique Copper, 2 oz.
Item #666
Premium, all-purpose shimmering metallic acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Mediums - Crackle Medium, 2 oz.
Item #694
Gives a weathered, time-worn finish to projects.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Linen, 8 oz.
Item #879
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


Mod Podge ® Dimensional Magic, 2 oz.
Item #CS11215
Create faux mosaic, quilt and other textures with added dimension. Dries clear and allows the full color of the surface below to show through. Works with Mod Podge, acrylic paint, dyes, pigments and more. Stay put formula won’t sag or run. Perfect for jewelry, paper crafting and accenting home décor items.


Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Item #CS11301
Mod Podge ® is quick-drying for multiple coat build up and dries clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.


Other Supplies
Paintbrushes - #1 Liner
#12 Flat
#6 Round Stencil brush – ¼”and ½” Pencil
Stretched canvases – 4” x 5”and 11” x 14”
Tape
Music sheet and patriotic printout from computer or scrapbook paper
Card stock
Glue
Bowl or plate slightly larger than circle stencil
Hanging charm frame
Eye hook
Scissors
Paper towels
Foam plates
Brush basin

Instructions

  1. Base coat large canvas Navy Blue.

  2. Apply crackle medium over canvas in an overlapping slip slap technique. Let dry. Apply Baby Blue over crackle medium in same fashion. Do not paint over areas. Crackling will appear as paint dries.

  3. Using a very dry stencil brush, swirl Vintage White randomly over crackled surface to create clouds.

  4. Trace bowl/plate onto canvas where circle medallion will be painted. Paint in each circle in colors shown.

  5. Step 5 Stencil medallion on top of painted circles referring to photo for colors. Blend Vintage White and Navy Blue for varying shades. Lay card stock along outer scalloped edge and lightly shade or highlight for dimension.
  6. Transfer number pattern to canvas and paint Black Cherry. Add any shading to shapes with liner brush.
  7. Transfer and cut out letters. Use stencil brush to shade edges of letters with Antique Copper. Apply to canvas with Mod Podge referring to bottle for application directions. Apply Mod Podge to entire surface.

  8. Transfer scroll design and paint using metallic colors. Blend paint to shade and highlight.

  9. Tape off approximately two thirds of smaller canvas and paint Navy Blue. When dry, tape off bottom third and paint Vintage White.
  10. Step 10 Tape off stripes on Vintage White and paint Black Cherry.

  11. Transfer star pattern to blue field and use metallic colors to paint. Shade and highlight sections by blending paint.

  12. Tear “America the Beautiful” title from sheet music and Mod Podge to stripes.

  13.  Cut out patriotic image and Mod Podge to charm frame. When dry, apply Dimensional Magic over image and let dry.

  14. Insert eye hook into center of bottom of small canvas. Attach charm. Glue small canvas to large canvas.
Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.