Saturday, June 30, 2012

London Olympics Mod Podge and Vinyl Canvas

London Olympics Canvas

So I know it’s almost the Fourth of July which seems like a weird time to be doing a project with a London theme given the whole  declaring independence from England thing. I’m nothing if not ironic!

But, this Summer also marks the London hosted Olympics and we are very excited to watch. Will Michael Phelps make history ? Will the world’s fastest athletes break records on the track? Will the US Women’s gymnastics team medal again?

We were at World Market recently and they had a bunch of British themed art pieces in honor of the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee ( I still want to know what she keeps in that purse).

Since going to London for the Games isn’t in the picture, I decided to bring a little bit of the Olympics here

Goodwill Canvas

16x20 canvas from Goodwill on a 50% off red tag day. $1.99. Score!

Painted Canvas

Painted with tan acrylic paint. I knew  I was going for an aged look so this was not about precision or perfection. 

Is there nothing you can’t use PicMonkey for? I found an image of a British flag at The Graphics Fairy, uploaded it to PicMonkey and “monkeyed” around with it until I was satisfied. I wanted it big, so I cropped/printed it in two halves. I re-sized each half to the same dimensions and printed each half out. Crown image is also  courtesy of The Graphics Fairy


Downloaded images of Big Ben, the Olympic rings, torch, and London Phone Booth from the Silhouette online store, and cut out in red, black and gold vinyl.  I also edged my flag  in washi tape:

London Canvas Antique Mod Podge

Used Antique Matte Mod Podge to cover my focal piece. Mr. C opined that it still needed to be aged up some more ( not that I hadn't already thought that but see what happens when you have your husband watch Craft Wars with you?)  so I splotched ( professional crafting term) some antique gold paint on the vinyl pieces, then went over the whole thing with a dark grey glaze. Brush on. Wipe off.

London Olympics Sketchedy

Still can’t leave PicMonkey alone so used the Sketchedy frame option to age up the picture of my aged up Olympic canvas.

The games may be in London, but Maison du Chocolat will be rooting for team USA!


Pitter and Glink said...

I love this! It looks fabulous, and I'm having a mini craftattack over your revealing to me that there is antique Mod Podge!

Michelle L. said...

What a gorgeous canvas! I love the paint you laid down first - cool texture/background to everything else. Adds that touch of sepia that you always do so well! I know what's in the Queen's purse. Corgi snacks. I would bet my entire reputation on it!

Decor & Harmony said...

Awesome lovin this. The possibilities are endless with mod podge.

Rhissanna said...

Hooray! I'm so unused to seeing my flag on things, it's pretty much a recent trend, even at home in the UK.This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing and yes, probably corgi snacks. I'm told her handbag has no money, but it does have a hanky, presumably with EIIR embroidered on it!

Chrissy said...

Wow, it's amazing! I love it!
And, yeah, I would love to know what's in her bag as well!
Happy Sunday xxx

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

This is fabulous, Carol! I actually thought you did this on wood. I love the aged look!!

Netty said...

Loving your fab canvas. Annette x

Diane said...

fab projeect, great selection of images.

Unknown said...

This is beautiful! Your monkey'in with the images was perfect!

Unknown said...

I need to do this for my son's room!
Rachel @ remastered relics

Holly Lefevre said...

What a cool project! Love the graphics and how you put this all together.

Unknown said...

Adorable! You did a fabulous job and I wanted to let you know that I am featuring this today! Stop by and check it out!

Erika said...

This is beautiful, I am a fan of England and had the opportunity to visit last year and saw the olimpics spirit in London. This project you made puts together that spirit in a very nice way. Thanks for sharing.

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