Monday, November 14, 2011

French inspired printed fabric on canvas { DIY Art }

{ My French inspired printed canvas }

I saw this butterfly canvas at my local Home Goods.  The canvas has some simple, but beautiful, vintage butterfly and postage images.  At $39, I figured I could recreate the piece on my own, and I had wanted to try a new technique of printing on larger pieces of fabric.

My first step was to stop by The Graphics Fairy and grab some vintage graphics.  I used vintage postcards, antique butterflies, more butterflies, and a letter.  I then used Adobe Photoshop Elements to create pure black and white images, crop the pictures, and make the backgrounds transparent { so I could layer the images }.  I arranged the pictures in Microsoft Publisher { shown below }.

I printed the image out on some off white fabric { below }.  I posted a few more details on how I printed out the fabric in this post.

I prepped my fabric by cutting it down to exactly 8" x 10".  I prepped my 8" x 10" canvas by painting the sides with black acrylic paint.  After the sides dried, I then put down a generous coat of matte Mod Podge { below }.

I laid the fabric down and used a brayer to smooth out the fabric.  Here is my version!

Here is the $39 version...

And here is my version, made for less than $7!

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm linking this one up to:


For real????!!!!  When I saw this I was so excited! 
Holey Moley! What an honor!  Thank you!


  1. wow! this is so wonderful and chic! i prefer your version to the shop's one. Well done. Thank you for sharing and inspiring x

  2. Wow, what a gorgeous piece! I have been wanting to print on canvas and even bought 12x12 piece. This project has inspired to do it now, thank you so much for sharing. Came here via graphics fairy.

  3. That's so lovely. I would try this sometime.

    I'm now your new follower in GFC from the Monday Blog Hop
    and would love a follow back.

  4. That's too fabulous Emily!!! I love it! You should make a bunch of these for Lucketts!

  5. I much prefer this to the shop one too! Beautiful. (via Karen's tweet about it.)

  6. Thanks all for your comments! I'm thrilled you liked the project and are inspired to make one of your own. They're really quite simple to make and The Graphics Fairy site has so many wonderful graphics to chose from, the inspiration & options are really endless!

  7. beautiful idea!
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  8. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that you were chosen as the spotlighted blog for the Hop Along Friday Blog Hop! I'm also your newest follower! Hope you have a great weekend and feel free to email me at chubbycheeksthinks @ if you would like the code to post along with us!


  9. Wow Kim, I'm so honored, that's awesome! Thank you, thank you!

  10. this is so pretty!! i love butterflies

    congrats on being the blog of the week for the hop along friday blog hop. I'm GFC #17 and would love a follow back on my blog

  11. VERY nice!! I like your version better!! Great job!! Thanks for the follow, I'm following you back!

  12. Congrats on being Featured Project this week at BRAG MONDAY at GraphicsFairy! Lovely butterfly art you did!

    Suzanne at WhyCuzICan in NW Illinois

  13. LOVE IT!!!! And I will be trying this myself. Saw the post on GraphicsFairy.

  14. I like yours way better. Thanks for the little lesson. Much love. Cherie

  15. You are so talented. Your design is even better than the your inspiration piece. I love when that happens.

  16. I like your version better than the 39$ version!

  17. I've come over from Graphic's Fairy. Your butterfly creation is terrific!


Thanks in advance for your comments! They help inspire me to keep creating and sharing on this blog.

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