I love color! I love seeing how different colors play off each other and how different patterns can be combined to create something beautiful!
Hospitality is important to me. I want my friends and family to come into our home and feel welcomed. I want them to feel important. I want them to know they matter. These have been the thoughts running through my mind as I create art for our new home. Our home is truly a blessing from the Lord….a blessing that I hope will be a blessing to others.
What I love is that hospitality doesn’t mean you have to have lots of money, have tons of fancy things, the most comfy couches, or even your own homemade art. 🙂 As the author from a book I’m reading says, “Creativity is so much more than ‘arts and crafts.’ It is a way of seeing, a willingness to see wonderful possibilities in something unformed or ordinary or even ugly.” (Emilie Barnes)
The most humble of homes can be just as hospitable as the most fancy ones. For “a welcoming home is where life happens. It’s where personalities are nurtured, where growth is stimulated, where people feel free not only to be themselves but also to develop their best selves. That caring, nurturing quality-not the absence of noise and strife-is what makes a home a refuge.” (Emilie Barnes) Love this!
Since I love creating art, I want to use that passion and gift as a piece of making our home a refuge for others.
When someone comes into our home they will be greeted with these bright and fun patterned canvases.
Multiple Decoupaged Matching Canvas Art
- 4 small canvases of the same size
- Scrapbook paper, making sure you have at least 4 different patterns.
- Mod Podge
- Paint brush
- Drop cloth or old sheet
- Lay out the drop cloth/sheet. This will be your work station.
- Decide how you want the canvases to look before you start. I used a different base pattern for each one and then used pieces of the other scrapbook paper to accent them and make each canvas different, yet seem like one piece of art.
- You want to start with one canvas at a time (especially if this is new for you), though I admit I am a multi-tasker and worked on several of these at once.
- Cut the scrapbook paper large enough to cover both the front and the sides…you may just want to make it large enough the some of the paper goes onto the back. This will guarantee coverage for your sides. You don’t want to accidentally cut the paper too small and the sides not cover well.
- When you have done that, put a thin layer of glue on the front of the canvas and make sure to smooth your paper out before proceeding onward. When it is sticking well and is also wrinkle free (unless you like the extra texture of the wrinkles, like I did in my Wrinkled Decoupaged Canvases), now it is time to wrap the paper around the sides.
- I cut the paper at the corners of the canvas so that I could glue the paper down without it bunching up. I recommend doing one side at a time. If the paper needs to be glued onto the back, then do that before you move onto the next side.
- Do this with all your sides/back.
- When every canvas is finished, layer a top coat of Mod Podge both to the front and sides. You will want to put several coats.
*Note: One of the fun things about Mod Podge is that it comes in different finishes….satin, gloss, matte, etc. You choose whichever you would like.
Are there ways you seek to make your home hospitable? I would love to hear your ideas!