Easy Painted Canvas Tutorial

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It’s funny how inspiration can strike in the weirdest times. I haven’t been crafting much lately – it just hasn’t been on my radar. Then the other day, I was sipping on some Coca-Cola™ and the lyrics on their new Share a Song bottles totally inspired me to make something to spruce up my living room! Music has always been such a huge part of my life and I love incorporating it into my home decor. I realized that these song lyrics on my Coke bottles and Diet Coke® cans were PERFECT for a painted canvas!
Dallas Blogger Valery Brennan362I picked up my Diet Coke and Coca-Cola at my local Brookshire’s. Brookshire’s has a ton of memories for me – it’s the only place my grandparents would shop and it’s honestly just a great store. The locations are large, they have plenty of clear signage and short lines. I also love that it still feels like a smaller grocery store but I know they’re going to have the items I need. The Brookshire’s YourPoints program lets you earn points for things you already purchase (one point for every dollar) – for every 100 yourpoints you earn, save 10 cents/gallon on fuel OR with 500 yourpoints you can get 5% off your grocery purchase!
There were lots of good choices for lyrics (“I’ve had the time of my life” and “You’ve got a friend in me” were in the running), but “At last” was the one that I finally chose for my project. Now my original plan for this project was to use vinyl letters but honestly, it just wasn’t the best method. The paint kept seeping through and it was just a mess. Thankfully, the method I ended up using was easier, cheaper and allows for more customization!
Dallas Blogger Valery Brennan289You’ll need:
  • a canvas (I used 11×14)
  • computer/printer/printer paper
  • pencil
  • paint brush
  • spray paint
  • acrylic paint
  • painter’s tape
  • scissors
  • Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Coca-Cola Zero™ cans/bottles for inspiration
Here’s what to do:
  1. Choose your lyrics from your favorite bottle or can of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Coke Zero.
  2. Use any computer program to type out your lyrics (I used Photoshop), then select your font. The one I used is Brusher.
  3. Print that sucker out and hold it up to your canvas to make sure it’s sized properly. If not, fix it and reprint. You might need to use a few different sheets of paper.
  4. If you want a striped canvas, use painter’s tape to make stripes. I used small pieces of tape between the stripes to make sure my lines were straight and even. (top left photo)
  5. Spray paint your canvas according to the directions (they all have different dry times, so make sure to check that).
  6. While your painted canvas is drying, use a pencil to color over the BACK SIDE of your printed lyrics. (bottom right photo)Dallas Blogger Valery Brennan
  7. Place your lyric sheet in the right spot on your canvas (ink side up, pencil shaded side down). Put magazines or a book under your canvas so you don’t poke through it on this next part!
  8. Trace your letters with a pencil, the pencil you shaded on the back should transfer onto your canvas. Check it occasionally, there may be spots where you have to press down harder.Dallas Blogger Valery Brennan copy
  9. Fill in the letters with acrylic paint and a brush! It’s okay if it’s not perfect, that’s the beauty of a diy project.
  10. Use it to decorate your mantle!Dallas Blogger Valery Brennan317
Use your canvas as the starting piece for your mantle, then decorate with other items you already have. I like to “shop” my house and grab things from all over that might work and then just play around. Use lots of different elements to create depth, texture and height (candles, vases, picture frames and other “knick knacks” work great). I also bought some inexpensive flowers to throw into my Coca Cola bottles and they look adorable! If you don’t have a mantle, you can use your canvas as a wall hanging.
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Now get yourself to Brookshire’s, pick up some of your favorite Coke products and get inspired! You can also download the Shazam app, scan your lyrics from your Coca Cola, Diet Coke or Coke Zero and record a 15 second lip syncing video to share on social media! I can’t wait to see what you create!
After MANY attempts at hand lettering canvases (and failing miserably), I’ve finally found the easiest way to paint letters onto a canvas. The best part is, it doesn’t require any fancy equipment, you just need a printer. Click through for the details on how to do this super simple project at home!

3 thoughts on “Easy Painted Canvas Tutorial

  1. OMG, this is such a fab idea! What a brilliant way to get inspiration from the Share a Song Coke bottles. You did an amazing job with this canvas print design. I’m tweeting this!

    1. Thank you SO much for you kinds words and tweet! This was such a fun project and I’m loving how my mantle looks now 🙂

  2. THANK YOU!!! I KNEW there had to be a simple way to do this. I would’ve figured it out eventually, but you just saved me so much headache.

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