This easy DIY Canvas Art is called a Hot Mess Canvas and it's an easy Cricut project to do
with your kids. Don't let the name fool you, this project isn't messy at all!
This content may contain affiliate links
Crafting is my happy place. And when I get to share my passion for crafting with my kids, life couldn't get any better.
I'm always on the lookout for crafting projects I can do with my kids that don't take a lot of time and don't make a huge mess.
The name 'Hot Mess' can be deceiving. This DIY canvas art gets it's 'Hot Mess' name because it doesn't matter what the canvas looks like. In fact, the messier the better.
Which makes this the perfect project to do with your kids.
Here's what you'll need:
- Canvas - I used Artist's Loft 8x10 canvas but you can use any canvas. (Michaels, Amazon)
- Foam Paint Brushes - (Michaels, Amazon)
- Permanent Vinyl - It adheres to the canvas better than non-permanent vinyl, I use Oracle 651 (Michaels, Amazon)
- Transfer Tape - I love Frisco Craft Transfer Tape, it's the perfect amount of stickiness (Amazon)
- Acrylic Paint - I used Craft Smart Premium Satin in Periwinkle, Pink Bliss, Lilac Blossom, and Pacific Coast (Michaels)
- Cutting Machine: Cricut Maker, Explore or Silhouette Cameo (Michaels, Amazon)
- Weeding Tool - (Michaels, Amazon)
- Design - Use any design or download the You Don't Have To Be Creative to Create design for free
STEP 1 - Paint your canvas
Using your paintbrush, paint your canvas with the 4-6 acrylic paint colors. There isn't a right or wrong way to do this.
My daughter painted hers with all four colors and then mixed it all up so it blended together.
Mine was painted with the same four colors but using brush strokes, so each color shows through when the canvas is complete.
Let the paint dry for a few hours.
Step 2 - Select your design and cut it out
Select your design and upload the SVG file to Design Space. Make sure to size it appropriately for the canvas you're using before cutting. The best way to do this is to create a rectangle shape in the size of your canvas.
If you're using a design like "You Don't Have To Be Creative To Create", Ungroup the design and place each line of the design the way you want them to appear on the canvas.
Next, select all layers including the rectangle (Command A or CTRL A) and select Align > Center Horizontally to ensure everything is centered on the canvas.
Next, select all of the layers for only the quote and select Align > Distribute Vertically to ensure everything is an equal distance apart.
With only the layers of the quote still selected, click Attach in the bottom right-hand corner of Design Space. This will ensure the words stay in the exact spot you have them when you cut.
Cut out your design using the permanent vinyl. There is no need to mirror the design. We'll be using transfer tape in the next step to transfer it over to the canvas.
Step 3 - weed the design and put it on transfer tape
Using the weeding tool, weed your design by pulling out any pieces of the design you don't need including the inside of letters, facial features or intricate details.
Cut out a piece of transfer tape the size of your design. Place it over the design and burnish it using your hand or the scraper tool.
I love the Frisco Craft transfer tape because it has the perfect amount of stickiness but you do need to burnish hard to make sure the vinyl sticks to it.
My daughter loved picking out her design and then getting to push the button on the cutting machine.
Step 4 - Place Your Design
Once the paint is dry, place your design on your canvas. Again you're going to have to burnish pretty hard to ensure the vinyl sticks to your canvas so you can peel off the transfer tape.
Tip: Use a blow dryer to place some heat on the vinyl which will also help make it stick. While this isn't HTV vinyl, the heat helps transfer it onto the canvas.
These are looking really good! You'll be tempted just to keep it like this but it gets better so let's move on to the next step.
STEP 5 - Paint over your canvas
Now it's time to completely paint over your canvas. Traditionally, you paint over it with white paint.
However, my daughter insisted on covering her canvas in black, insisted!
Let the canvas dry for a few hours.
Step 6 - Weed the design off of the canvas
Once the canvas is dry, take your weeding tool and remove the design. Be careful not to poke any holes in the canvas.
And viola! you just made a Hot Mess Canvas.
The end product with the canvas covered in black actually turned out really beautiful! I can't wait to make another one and cover mine in black.
Which do you like better? Are you leaning towards the white paint or black paint for your canvas? Share in the comments below.
Maggie Rose Design Co is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.