How to Create a Negative Space Quote on a Canvas

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How to Create a Negative Space Quote on a Canvas

a quick, easy, and personal wedding gift for my brother and my best friend!

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You can start with an actual piece of artwork on canvas, or you can make your own! My niece, Lauren, and I painted this one.

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I used blue tape, so as to not pull up the paint, to make a stripe at the top and bottom of the painting, about four inches from both sides.

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Pull out the letters needed and arrange how you want to see them on the canvas. This will determine how many lines to measure.

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I calculated the distance between each line of words and measured it on the canvas. You can use the blue tape to make straight lines, or just draw with a pencil. This will help to keep words straight.

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I double checked the letters on the canvas to make sure they were just right!

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I pulled off the tape gently, and stuck the letters to the canvas. You want them to stick as best as possible so the spray doesn't leak underneath; mine did - but it came out with a cool effect...

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Spray paint: about a foot away from canvas, nice/even pendulum swings over the canvas. I did five light coats to avoid leaking/running. Wait five minutes between each coat.

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After the spray dried, I gently took off each letter and the tape. VOILA!! I hope they like it! (the spray leaked underneath a bit, but it gives it a softness that wasn't predicted!)

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already hanging in the newlyweds home! i luff my brother and my best friend, CONGRATULATIONS you crazy kids!

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I'm a preschool teacher married to an auto mechanic. We share our lives with our two pups: Holley, our yellow lab, and Howard, the St. Bernard. <3

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Jess Fleming 5 months ago

thanks! I went to our craft store and bought some letters, but they didn't stick super well to the canvas, hence the blurred texture, I kind of liked it though. maybe mailbox letters would stick better - but don't press down super hard either cause maybe they won't come up haha. oh the dilemma!

(author) 11 months ago

It is so cute. I want one for my kitchen. I just need to get giant stick on letters.

Darcy Bastin 11 months ago

Super Cool!

Juliana Roznowski 11 months ago

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