*Tutorial by Jessica @ Running with Scissors for her win during the Ink challenge of season 10*
1. Cut canvas
Depending on the final size of your wall hanging, cut your fabric your set dimensions, allowing an extra 2″ on each side for the gallery wrap look.
2. Reinforce Back
3. Print Images and Trace
I googled the landmarks to find sketch images and printed them out to fill a regular copy piece of paper. I taped the printed image to my window, and taped the canvas on top.
I used a water soluble fabric pencil in blue to trace the image onto the canvas.
I just sew the whole thing in one sitting and I go pretty fast, so the sewing isn’t precise and it looks messy as if someone just sketched it on free hand.YOU CAN SEE A VIDEO OF ME SEWING THE EIFFEL TOWER HERE FOR A BETTER VISUAL OF HOW IT’S SEWN
5. Tea Dye
I wanted to age my white canvas by dying it with tea.
To get the crumpled, uneven dye look, I first got all three wet, crumpled them in a wad, and jammed them in a pitcher. You need a container where the tea can get down around the fabric, but tight enough to hold the fabric so it can’t move freely.
I poured hot, concentrated, regular cheap tea in the pitcher over the fabric and let it sit around 10 minutes. Next I poured it out and rinsed the canvases and let them dry.
6. Build Frames
I bought 2 1×2 firring strips for my frames and cut them down to make 14″ square frames. I just braced the wood, then used glue and a finish nail gun to finish it off.
7. Stretch Canvas
I lined up the image to be centered on my frame, then with a cheap hand stapler and shallow 1/4″staples attached the canvas to the frame.
I marked the center of each side on the frame and canvas and first stapled top and bottom centers, then both side centers. Next I stretched the canvas equally into the corners, then stretched and stapled between all the way around.
You could attach a hanger, but I just balanced the canvas on the frame to hang.
Easy and it only cost me the $2 for the wood frames!