What you need:
Heavy canvas from art or fabric store
Gesso from art or craft store
Water based varithane
Step 2: Getting Started
Buy enough canvas to sew or tape a hem all around. I used a regular sewing machine. You could use fabric glue or tape.
Next, you will use a squeegee to cover both sides of the canvas with gesso. Gesso stabilizes the canvas and allows for a good base for the art work. Apply at least 2 coats and let dry between coats. A squeegee is a lot easier to use with the Gesso than a paintbrush.
Next , if you want a border design , tape off the border section with painter's tape.
Step 3: Painting The Background And Border
I mixed a few colors together to come up with a neutral, warm background. I used a foam roller for the background a watered down the paint a bit. Although the color and coverage was uneven I liked the look and knew that I would be painting over it anyway with the rest of the design.
A note about acrylics. They dry fast. If you are mixing colors or covering a large area, mix enough for the entire canvas and keep In a small covered jar or plastic container. You can experiment with adding a few drops of water to the paint which makes using a paint brush much easier.
When dry, remove the tape. Paint the border color.
Step 4: Checkerboard Pattern
It's quick and easy to paint the checkerboard design. I did it free hand with an angled paint brush. You can practice on paper first. Or better yet on a small scrap of canvas.