Create a conversation starter with cut canvas art

You don't need to be a skilled painter to create one-of-a-kind art. This incredibly easy project doesn't require any artistic expertise but still results in an attractive, interesting piece of artwork that looks terrific in any room. The beauty of this craft is how customizable it is. Use any paint color for the canvas, any stencil and any paper-backing design.
It's also an ideal project if you like to rotate seasonal and holiday decor. For Christmas, make one with green paint, a fir tree stencil and gold backing. For Halloween, try dark-gray paint, a pumpkin stencil and orange paper. When it's time for spring, use a flower stencil, pastel paint and flower-patterned paper.
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Materials
- Art canvas, 11-by-14 inches
- Chalk paint, Willow Mist or pale pink color
- Flat painter's paintbrush, 1 inch wide
- Disposable gloves
- Cutting mat
- Large leaf stencil
- Painter's tape, 1/4 inch
- Pencil
- Craft knife
- Scrapbook paper matching the canvas size
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
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Instructions
1. Paint the canvas' front and sides with the chalk paint. Wear gloves to handle the wet canvas. Let the paint dry completely before proceeding to the next step.
2. Turn the canvas face-down on the cutting mat. Place the stencil against the center of the canvas' back. Tape down the stencil.
3. Trace the inside of the stencil. Remove the stencil. Cut along the lines with the craft knife. Remove the cut-out canvas.
4. Run a line of glue around the back of the wood frame. Press the scrapbook paper into place over the glue. Let dry.
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5. Hang your lovely new work of art wherever you desire.
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