Turn your canvas painting into a magical priceless work of art by adding every day elements to make it three dimensional.
Step 1: Draw/Paint Your Work of Art
- Pick out your canvas.
- Draw or paint your work of art using your medium of choice (acrylic, oil, water color..).
Step 2: Choose Your 3 Dimensional Elements
Depending on what you've painted, add 3 dimensional elements to bring your work of art to life.
For this wedding canvas 3D art you will need:
- Pair of scissors
- A small piece of sheer organza for the veil (1/4 yard)
- A small piece of soft silk-like frabric for the dress (1/2 yard)
- White and light green tissue paper for the flower bouqet
- Floss for the bouquet's ribbon
Once your artwork is dry:
- Measure up each element that you plan to use directly against the artwork and cut to size. Be sure to buy extra lengths/pieces of elements in case your measurements are off and you make a mistake.
To make the bouquet:
- To make the bouquet, fold up to 6 pieces of square tissue paper in an accordion style until you have at lease 4 pointy rows (looking down at it). Use a 6 inch piece of floss and tie a knot in the middle of the accordion. Round off each end by cutting half circles. Fan out the tissue pieces on each side---and voila, a beautiful bouquet. In this wedding canvas art, I cut my tissue paper down to 2" x 2".
Step 3: Add the Elements
Glue, tape or nail on your elements.
- In this wedding 3d canvas art, after I cut out the bride's veil, I glued it on with photo mount glue. I figured since it's clear and lightweight it would not show through the sheer veil or the silk fabric of the gown too much. I did not spray directly onto the canvas, I sprayed onto a piece of scrap paper and then used a small wood coffee mixer to scoop up some glue and dabbed it directly on the spot on the canvas where the fabric would attach.
- I first positioned the soft silk-like fabric just below the "V" on the back of my painted brides waist line and then measured down to where I would cut the fabric. I chose to let the fabric hang down past the canvas for the time being.
- Once I positioned the fabric to how I wanted it, I glued it on by placing a few spots of glue directly at her lower back by dabbing the spray glue on with the wood coffee mixer. Then I wrapped the foot of the gown around to the back of the canvas and then taped it into the hollow on the back of the frame using white duct tape. I thought wrapping the fabric under the canvas and around the back was a good way to avoid having to cut the dress directly at the bottom of the canvas---which would appear unsightly if it wasn't actually hemmed! I had no idea how it would look, but, in the end, it turned out quite beautiful!
Step 4: Make a Fabric Backboard to Hide Stuff
Add more pizzazz to your beautiful canvas 3d art by mounting it onto a fabric backboard.
What you will need:
- Wood or MDF board
- Staple Gun
- Screw Driver
- 2 screws about and 1 1/2 inches
- Masking Tape
How I made the backboard for my Wedding 3D Canvas Art:
- I decided that I wanted my Wedding 3D Canvas Art to be mounted on a backboard that was at least three inches wider than my canvas on all four sides. Once I decided on the dimensions of my backboard, I went to my local big box store and ordered a piece of wood cut to size.
- I bought fabric that I thought would compliment the look and style of my work of art to wrap the backboard in.
- I folded the fabric, which was about 3/4 of a yard wide along the top and bottom of the backboard and used a staple gun to staple the fabric onto the board, on both top and bottom. I then folded the fabric left and over the top and bottom that was already stapled and then folded the remaining right side over the left fold and stapled everything down.
- Once my fabric was wrapped and nailed onto the backboard, I placed my canvas onto the newly fabric wrapped backboard and used a piece of masking tape to mark exactly how far down on the backboard I wanted the canvas to sit. I then cut two tiny holes into the fabric exactly where I wanted to put the screws (about 1 and 1/2 inches below the bottom of the taped line) and screwed in the screws.
- All said and done, I then mounted or "hung" the canvas directly over and onto the screws. It was a perfect fit.
Additional Optional Hide-Away Feature:
What you need:
- 2 flat head thumb tacks
- Clear plastic/vinyl pencil case or any container that fits behind your canvas.
- Place two thumb tacks inside a clear pencil case and tack to the fabric backboard.
- Voila--now you can hide cards, notes or yes---even money behind your canvas!
Step 5: Mount and Display
You can use a fancy picture stand to display your 3D Canvas Art Work or add picture frame screws and wires to the back of your backboard to mount onto a wall.