Temperatures have been in the sixties the past few days and now I’m fully motivated to decorate for fall! I found the sweetest vintage owl printable and turned him into a beautiful piece of wall art. You can download the print at the bottom of this post to make your own framed canvas.
First let me give a special thanks to Krista at Ella Claire blog for organizing today’s creativity. You’ll find over 20 free printables at the bottom of this post that a whole group of bloggers are sharing.
The inspiration for today’s vintage owl printable comes from my dear friend Danielle at Finding Silver Pennies. Well, actually it’s her son who inspired me. He made a beautiful charcoal owl drawing that I fell in love with (both of her boys have their mother’s creative talent). I’ve been thinking about that owl ever since I saw it. Although his owl is a bit more modern than my print, I finally satisfied my owl art obsession.
To create your own vintage owl canvas art, purchase a canvas artist frame (mine is roughly 11″x16″), a piece of wood strip the depth of the canvas, a small can of stain, and Mod Podge. Download the vintage owl printable that I found at The Graphics Fairy and print him at the size of your canvas.
Cover the front of the canvas with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Working carefully, lay the vintage owl printable on top of the canvas making sure to get it straight. Once the print is in place, gently smooth the paper onto the canvas. You can remove any air bubbles under the paper using the flat edge of a credit card. Don’t press too hard – you don’t want to rip or stretch the paper (and yes, the paper does stretch once once side is wet with the glue).
To create the rustic frame, cut your wood strip to fit the length and width of the canvas sides, allowing for enough length on the ends to include the thickness of your wood strip. Stain the wood pieces and let dry.
Once the stain has dried, line up your wood pieces on the outside of the canvas and make sure the ends match up. Hammer a long finishing nail into the wood frame and through the wood of the artist canvas. The nail heads are so tiny you won’t even notice them. I used two nails on each side, about 2 inches from the ends of the frame.
It takes just a matter of minutes to secure the strips of wood to the canvas, thereby creating a rustic frame. I’ve added this same type of frame to a lot of the canvas artwork in my house. It’s much cheaper than having canvas art professionally framed and I like the rustic, simplistic look.
I didn’t apply Mod Podge over the top of the print because I don’t like the sheen that’s created by doing so (you get a slight sheen even when using matte Mod Podge).
I feel like my vintage owl artwork is a professional piece from the store, yet he was created for far less money.
My fall decorating is well under way and next week I’m sharing my fall home tour. I love the cozy warmth of fall decor.
Start your own fall decorating with any of the free printables from my friends below!
Fall Botanicals by Ella Claire | Acorns and Oak Leaves by anderson + grant | Simple Autum Tree Print by Taryn Whiteaker | Pumpkin Spice Recipe by Live Laugh Rowe | Apple Recipe Watercolor by Craftberry Bush
Caramel Apple Recipes by My Someday in May | Hydrangea labels by Finding Silver Pennies | Fall Leaves Placecards by The Chronicles of Home | Watercolor Fall Leaf by A Burst of Beautiful | Fall Coffee Syrup Labels by Just Destiny
Fall Gift Tags by Finding Home Farms | To Everything There is a Season by Unskinny Boppy | Chalkboard Home Sweet Home by Home Made Lovely | Rustic Farmhouse Style Fall Craft by Happy Happy Nester | Crown Place Cards by So Much Better with Age
Fall Favorites by Clean and Scentsible | Velvet Pumpkin Painting by Maison de Pax | Fall Farmhouse Chalkboard Art by Kelly Elko | Autumn Mountain Landscape Art by Blesser House | Fall Cleaning List by My Sweet Savannah
A Blue Jay in Autumn by Shades of Blue Interiors | Happy Fall Owl Watercolor by Nina Hendrick Design Co. | Gather Here With Grateful Hearts by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Autumn Food Toppers by Paint Me Pink | Fall Gift Tags by On Sutton Place