To call this a painting is a bit of a stretch. It’s more of a gluing. And NO, this time there is absolutely not hot glue for this project. Surprising I know. This “gluing” is something a little more special to me than I thought it would be. You see my grandmother passed away years ago, and the song “What a Wonderful World” was played at the funeral. Every time my mother hears this song she is reminded of her mother. So I thought to myself, I have to do something with this song for her Christmas present. I started by printing three copies of the music score and cut them up into strips, then I used tea and coffee and water to “age” it, and let it completely dry by preheating the oven to 200 and baking it for about 7 minutes, then pulling them our to rest. I then took a canvas and Elmer’s Clear Dry Glue and painted the glue onto the canvas. Next I took the music and painted the backs with glue. Next, I attached the music, and once the canvas was covered, I put a layer of glue on top. Once the glue dried I painted the words WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD on it, and a few other sentimental notes. That’s all to it folks… Here are some pictures of the project…
I was thinking about tucking the sides down, but after much consideration I decided I wanted it to be different so I left them out.
In the midst of all of my Holiday projects that I have steadily been knocking out I found this pretty awesome picture on pinterest. I will never get over pinterest, it’s the reason I procrastinate. SO here I am scrolling through the cutest of things, when I come across this… And I just fell. Fell absolutely in love with it.
1 canvas (The ones with the “wood lip” work best)
Acrylic Paint (choose your own colors! I used Black, Blue, White and Yeller)
Something to cut through the canvas (I used a little paring knife)
Hot Glue Gun and Sticks (I use this for almost everything, I’m so glad I have two glue guns!)
Ribbon of your choice
Of course I have canvases, paints and Christmas lights, so I get to work. I wanted to take a darker approach to this though. I started by taking a pencil to the back of my canvas and marking where I wanted my lights. Then I took the paring knife and cut tiny holes where the pencil marks were. Next I turned the painting over (probably not the smartest idea with the holes, but nothing leaked through. THANK GOODNESS!) and painted my picture. Once the paint has dried (ten minutes tops) I flipped it back over, and placed a circle of glue right around the edge of the hole, poked the first light of the strand through, held it there for a few seconds and moved onto the next hole. WARNING! The tip of the light WILL HAVE HOT GLUE ON IT, so before it dries I wiped it off with a paper towel. Once I got the hang of everything I was putting multiple lights in multiple holes.
The Best Part?! When you plug it in!!!
Even better? When you attach the ribbon and don’t have to hold it anymore. I just placed some hot glue on the top where I wanted the ribbon and held it down for a tad bit.
I should have turned the lights off for that last picture, but I’m not always the brightest now am I?