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I swear, as much painting and staining I have been doing over the past few weeks I need to invest in the foam brush company. I am slowly decorating my office, I have already built my awesome craft desk and did some inspirational art, but I wanted something to incorporate my crazy family. I didn’t want something boring like those decals you see on the back of cars, so I went on a Google search to find something that fit my family. I first came across the image of owls in the tree and fell in love with it! The only problem was that it only had 2 owls. So through the power of Photoshop I was able to squeeze in 2 more owls. I then transferred the image to my Silhouette machine so that I could cut it out onto vinyl. After doing a dry fit, I decided it needed something! So I decided to add the saying “Our Family is a Hoot!”. It fits our family perfectly.
Acrylic Paint in the same color family
Vinyl Sticker or overlay of choice
Clear Spray Sealant
Starting with the darkest color first, add a layer of paint to the bottom of your canvas. I went about 2 inches up, but it is just dependent of the size of your canvas and how many colors you are working with.
After the first color was applied, I added a little of the next darkest color to the first color and mixed it. I overlapped each layer just to help it blend a little better.
I repeated this step of adding some of the next color to the last until I covered the entire canvas and sides.
I allowed the first coat to dry for about an hour and then gave it a second coat using the same technique. I allowed this coat to dry for a good 5 hours to make sure it would not peel up when I applied my decal.
After it the canvas was dry, I placed my decals on the canvas and decided where I wanted to apply them. Once I was happy with the layout, I applied the vinyl according to the instructions.
After the decals were applied, I made sure to get rid of any air bubbles. I than gave it a good coat of spray sealant (You could also use something like Modge Podge) to make sure everything stays in place!