I love making artwork for my home – there is something so satisfying and exciting about looking at artwork I created hanging on the wall. When decorating our living room, I knew I wanted to make something bright and graphical to match all the pops of color we have in the space.
This project is really easy and inexpensive, however cutting the pieces of paper can be quite time consuming.
Essential Project Supplies:
- Old magazines
- Artist canvas
- Spray adhesive
- Mod Podge in gloss finish
- Small paint brushes
- Black acrylic paint
Cut out words and images from old magazines. I recommend cutting out as many black & white words as color words because it helps provide a nice contrast.
Begin to stick the letters onto the canvas using the spray adhesive. Spray adhesive dries very quickly, so make sure to apply the words/images in stages.
Fitting the words/letters together on the canvas can be a bit of a puzzle, so some overlapping and rearranging may be necessary. I recommend having a rough pattern in mind and pieces in many different sizes to apply.
Once the canvas is filled with words/images, paint the entire front of the canvas with Mod Podge. In case you haven’t worked with Mod Podge before, the liquid goes on white, however dries clear. Because Mod Podge is wet, it will make the magazine pages start to ripple creating texture when the canvas dries.
As soon as everything is dry, paint the edges of the canvas with your preferred paint color to give your artwork a finished look. I chose to paint the edges of my canvas black.
The finished artwork:
This collage idea is very versatile and can be applied to all sorts of objects – I’ve also covered an old coffee tin with words. Boxes and bottles would be great surfaces as well. Do you like working with Mod Podge? I’d love to hear your suggestions for other Mod Podge projects!