Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Featured Guest: Wayward Girls

Hey everyone! I'm Just Jaime from Wayward Girls' Crafts where I happily blog with my three sisters and mom. We just started our blog in April so we're a little new on the scene. I still get very excited over every comment and new follower =)  Our interests include: knitting, sewing, decorating, upcycling, quilting, papercrafts, cooking and baking. We are known to bite off a bit more than we can chew crafting-wise, but we seem to be able to pull it off in the end.

So I've seen a lot of state-loving on Pinterest lately and the bug has bitten me! I love my home state, North Carolina, and am sad I can't live there right now. I thought a North Carolina print would be perfect for my home, but you can make State Canvas Art with any state or country. This is what I created:

First let's start with the materials:

1 Stretched Canvas (I used 11 x 14)
Three different colors of acrylic paint (red paint is not pictured)
Paint Brush
Cardstock and Printer (not pictured)

I started by giving my canvas 2 coats of blue acrylic paint (Folk Art 2555 Deep Ocean Blue):

I tried to make sure the paint was even, especially in the middle where the state would be seen. The first coat I went across my canvas. For the second I went up and down. 

 Then this happened....I couldn't have done this if I tried! My scissors just landed this way!

 Next I printed out a map of my state on cardstock. I measured it to make sure it would fit well on my canvas.

I took my scissors and got to cutting. I decided to skip trying to cut out the island chain on the coast of my state (The Outerbanks) and left them on there. I like the shape better.  At this point I started remembering my 4th grade state project, where I used salt dough to make the Ol' North State. Good times. Back to the project!

 I applied removable adhesive to the back of my cardstock and stuck it on my dry canvas (I let it dry overnight just to be sure). 

I used a contrasting paint color (Folk Art 2561 Steel Gray) and started in the middle and painted OUT from my state. I didn't want to try to push the paint against the edges and have the cardstock curl or the paint get underneath. 

I gave the canvas two coats but didn't wait until the second coat fully dried before removing the state.

 I wanted to make sure it would come up easily.  I used tweezers to pull the side up so I wouldn't hurt the paint. It looked AWESOME. So awesome I forgot to take a picture. But I decided to put the final touch, a little heart over my home town.


Jordan McCollum,  said... June 1, 2011 at 11:24 AM  

Love it, Jaime! You made this way easier than it looks!

That's my sister ;)

Jasmine,  said... June 1, 2011 at 1:50 PM  

Yay Jaime! I think I might have to do this for my apartment!

Kyle and Mollie,  said... June 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM  

I think it's great. I've been looking for something for my hall...and this will be perfect. And I miss my home state, too. Thanks :)!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating,  said... June 1, 2011 at 9:34 PM  

That was a great tutorial and a really neat idea! Thanks for linking! :)

c.w.frosting,  said... June 1, 2011 at 10:52 PM  

Very cute! Great tutorial as well! I should make these for my former home states, NY, IL =)

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Love Sweet Love,  said... June 2, 2011 at 1:08 AM  

I want one! I love my home state of TX and am so proud to be a Texan, but no one knows it! I'm so making one of these so everybody knows my roots! Thanks for a great tutorial Jaime!

I'm coming over from Wayward Girls and am a new follower of your fun blog!

Leanne,  said... June 2, 2011 at 2:23 AM  

This is such a cute idea. I featured it on my FB fan page. Thanks for linking to the party.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman,  said... June 2, 2011 at 1:39 PM  

That's such a creative idea; love it! Thanks so much for linking this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party!

CraftyCupcake13,  said... June 2, 2011 at 4:00 PM  

Hi I'm visiting from A Glimpse Inside!
I LOVE this crafty project thanks for sharing!! You can find me here:


Kristine@thefoleyfam,  said... June 3, 2011 at 1:37 AM  

SO lovely!!! Hoping to try this for our living room!! Sweet! Thanks for sharing!!

My link :)

Unknown,  said... June 3, 2011 at 1:08 PM  

It turned out great. I like the aqua and gray combo. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

Kelli W,  said... June 3, 2011 at 9:23 PM  

Love it! The colors are great! I want to figure out a fast way to cut these out because I would love to do all 50 states in my boys playroom:)

AllieMakes!,  said... June 5, 2011 at 3:22 PM  

Cute! Great job! Love the blue!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Whit,  said... June 5, 2011 at 7:54 PM  

I am so in love and i am so doing this thank you so much and yes I even pinned this :) I found this project through TT&J linky party! Thank you for sharing. Come say hi! I love new followers.

A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

AsylumTanya,  said... June 6, 2011 at 11:39 PM  

My son loves maps. This would be something he would love in his bedroom! Thanks for sharing!

Mindie Hilton,  said... June 11, 2011 at 11:49 AM  

I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

Come strut your stuff.

Just Jaime,  said... July 19, 2011 at 10:20 PM  

CCL, Removable adhesive is sometimes called repositionable adhesive and it's the only kind I use for scrapbooking. I recommend Herma Dotto Removable adhesive ( It is repositional but it also stays put. So in this project, it keeps the state secure, but comes up without taking the paint with it.

Thanks for asking!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...