Ok these days I can feel myself growing up, and as such i look at the houses my friends have bought or are renting, with their IKEA furniture and mass produced (but pretty) artwork and thought to myself, "isn't that swell, maybe when I have a house then I should get some".

Being not only a g33k but also poor and stingey as hell, I figured I could make something to hang on my walls that would look good, be original, and cost me a little a possible.


  • Requires very little artistic skill
  • Looks good enough to be store bought
  • Stylish and contemporary
  • Cheap as chips
  • Easily replicated incase I want to make more to match

Step 1: Preparation

Picture of Preparation
Materials Needed:

  • Iron
  • Ironing Board (or other heat resistant flat surface)
  • Canvasses (I used box canvasses)
  • Palette & Brushes
  • Paint (I recommend water-based acrylic)
  • Inkjet 'T-shirt' transfer paper
  • Inkjet Printer

Find an image you want to turn into a piece of art. I like using Fonts as they are really simple and I am going for a sillohette look.
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I LOVE IT ! ! the colors are great
just finished mine...theyre awesome, did brass knuckles, girl in martini glass, a hookah, and my handprint coz i messed up the painting on the last one! very decorative
I recently did this, but used silhouettes of men in suits instead. And to get the image to the canvas I just printed off the image, cut it out with an exacto knife, traced it on with a pencil, and painted inside the lines. They came out great!
i was wondering where you got the men in suit printout. i really enjoy them
I found them all online...mainly by googling men in suits clipart, or business clipart. If you want some of the ones I used, and can't find them anywhere, I can send the jpeg files to you in an email
Great instructable!
I read through really quickly so this may have been addressed but a low tech alternative is carbon copy paper to trace an image onto the canvas instead of using an iron-on.
if you're printing an image you can also just scribble with pencil on the opposite side of the page and trace around the image to transfer the carbon to the canvas.

again great instructable and great artwork!
Definitely doing this! I have a bunch of canvases I bought and need to do something trendy with. Thank you!
Leleo56 years ago
This is a wonderful idea...i am definitely going to try it...but what do you mean by using "Fonts"
munkey_b0y (author)  Leleo56 years ago
Fonts are typefaces that a computer uses. Things like Times New Roman and Comic Sans are fairly standard. However some fonts (dingbat fonts) are not constructed of letters and numbers but of symbols or pictures. These images were made using a picture font.
thank you very much!
You can also go to DAFONT.COM and download a variety of Dingbat fonts. They would be easier to copy, as you can print them out and trace them.
Rupert956 years ago
Wouldn't it be possible to simply iron on the full picture?
where did you get those girl silhouettes from?
munkey_b0y (author)  IntoxicatedSight6 years ago
silhouette fonts are available @ http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=718
google image it thats wt i did
cappatown6 years ago
btw you need photoshop to open that file, import it into shapes
bec19886 years ago
I'd like to know where you got the lady silhouettes from also?Great work by the way. They look fantastic & I can't wait to try doing them myself.
munkey_b0y (author)  bec19886 years ago
I don't remember where I got them all from, but you can get some of them from here dafont

hope that helps
nelelr6 years ago
I just found this link with tons of stencils and stuff

Print them out- and use an exacto Knife to cut out the black parts-

Then spray paint=-

StarFace6 years ago
These are gorgeous! I do a lot of art and this is a technique I use a hell of a lot!! Obviously the secrets out now though!! Love the colour scheme and the women motifs. And I totally agree with what you said about how most store-brought canvas's all look the same... and for what they are, really are very expensive. These are better than anything you'll buy. Plus of course they're unique!
AdamK8 years ago
Making a set of these with a "The Nightmare Before Christmas" theme. Cost me 4 bucks plus tax for 4 pieces of canvas. Going to freehand the outlines (that paper can get expensive :P ) and I already had the paint. Love the idea.
mcbee04 AdamK7 years ago
Where did you get canvas for $1 a piece? A 12" square canvas at the Hobby Lobby by my house runs $8.99 for a set of 2.
AdamK mcbee047 years ago
I got it at my local dollar store. I don't know if they sell them in the States (if that's where you're at?), but in Canada, they sell them in Dollaramas. They might have those where you are -- who knows.
munkey_b0y (author)  AdamK8 years ago
excellent, please post a picture when you are done. I would like to see your work.
Here it is. Clockwise from top left : Jack; Oogie; Zero; Lock, Shock, and Barrel.
C:\Documents and Settings\new user\Desktop\Adam\CIMG2911.JPG
munkey_b0y (author)  AdamK8 years ago
looks excellent. I like he idea of using rectangular canvases and switching between portrait and landscape. very nice.
spylock7 years ago
Nice,I like em.
LP_8087 years ago
Hey can someone please help me with my questions about this? I saw that the girl on the font is all black so Im not understanding how you were able to print her out in white with a black outline? Is it something obvious?
munkey_b0y (author)  LP_8087 years ago
the transfer paper is white. I decided to just print the outline to save on printer ink. I simply edited the image in Gimp (open source image editing program) reversing the colours and then erased some of the background to leave me with a crude outline. The transfer is only really there to give a guide to the painting, just to make it easier to get the image from the computer to the canvass.

I hope this has cleared it up a bit for you.
Okay thanks. The paint covered the black outline?
munkey boy8 years ago
hello this is the real munkey boy, nice instructible un real munkey boy
Morte_Moya8 years ago
That is really great. I love the girl in the martini glass!!!
pent198 years ago
love this project...i am an art teacher and am going to think about making it into some type of project
thumbelina8 years ago
These are great, i'm making a hawaiian themed set.
Scwounch8 years ago
That's pretentious as hell. I love it!
vehicle8 years ago
im going to the store right now to buy this stuff! (i'm copying your color scheme too, i love it)
egadsman8 years ago
i love the idea and im going to make some for my room because its a bit bland at the moment, but couldnt you just use some transfer paper instead of that iron on stuff because you could paint your background colour and let it dry and just use a roller with some paint to put your design onto the canvas giving it a crisper sharper look.
keneke8 years ago
hey that's really cool! i want to make a set for my dorm now. i think i'll just be using spray paint though. where did you get your hand on those box canvases?
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