I spend a lot of time in my craft studio. Even when I’m not making things, I just like to hang out there. I keep all of my supplies there and display a lot different medium on walls and shelves so I can get inspired. Formally a bland study, the studio is only 6 months old–we’re just about to start eating solid foods. I try to keep the space as organized as possible while maintaining a relaxed, cheery environment that’s bursting with color. Over the last couple months, I’ve noticed a real need for a place to display clippings, notes, pictures, and other bits of paper so they won’t accidentally get thrown out. A regular old corkboard just wouldn’t do. I started rummaging around and came across a few matching canvas frames. With a little decoration and some engineering, I knew they would become the perfect bulletin board triptych. To give the canvas some personality, I settled on three different geometric stencils. I wanted them to coordinate with my dry erase frame that also hangs in my craft studio, so I chose a yellow and teal palette. They also would coordinate well with the gorgey rug that lays in the center of the room beneath my large counter-height table.

Stenciled Geometric Bulletin Triptych

Stenciled Geometric Bulletin Triptych

Gather up your goods!

Gather up your goods!

Supplies:

-canvas panels

-plastic painting stencil(s)

-acrylic paint(s)

-paint brush(es)

-stencil adhesive spray

-cardboard or other material to line the back of the canvas

-scissors

-tape

Instructions:

Canvas panels fished out of a closet

Canvas panels fished out of a closet

My panels were brown so I spray painted them first with primer then with a glossy white. The canvas I had lying around already came framed, but regular stretched canvas available at arts stores would work just as well. Each panel measures 9″ by 15″, so I decided to use all three of them so I could create a large bulletin board. No sense being covered in paint if only a few index cards fit!

Spray paint--a gal's best friend

Spray paint–a gal’s best friend

Great way to reuse cardboard boxes!

Great way to reuse cardboard boxes!

In order to use the canvas as a bulletin board and hold thumbtacks, their structure has to be strong and thick. I found some cardboard boxes and cut them to the size of the panels. I had to stack 4 pieces of cardboard to achieve a width where the thumbtacks didn’t protrude through the back and hit the wall. I taped the cardboard panels together then attached them with clear packing tape to the back of the framed canvas.

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Panel One of Three

I chose one different stencil for each panel. I have the Arabesque pack from Martha Stewart that has a bunch of great options. I wanted my panels to coordinate, but not be too matchy-matchy, which is why I used three stencils and two colors. I highly recommend using a stencil adhesive spray. By spraying the back of the stencil, it helps to adhere the stencil to the canvas and prevent paint bleeding. I’ve tried using plastic stencils with and without the spray, and the spray makes a HUGE difference.

Panel Two of Three

Panel Two of Three

You only have to spray the back once and can reposition the stencil several times as needed throughout the project. Place the stencil on the canvas and paint to your heart’s content! Its up to you whether you want to place your stencil in the middle and work your way out or vice versa. I like using a foam brush and dabbing the paint over the stencil. Try out some different techniques, and see what works best for you.

Panel Three of Three

Panel Three of Three

I decided to paint the top of the each frame to match. Let dry, and voila, attractive and useful bulletin boards!

A lovely display, even without Post-its!

A lovely display, even without Post-its!

I chose to hang the panels horizontally, one on top of each other. Maybe if I redecorate they might find themselves in a different orientation. Considering I had all of the supplies on hand and didn’t have to make any purchases, I’m extra happy with the result.

Go trolling around your garage or basement and see what items need a new lease on life. You might find yourself less cluttered and more organized as a result.

Happy crafting! -Olivia

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2 Thoughts on “Stenciled Canvas Bulletin Boards

  1. Very nice! I have plain, wood frame bulletin boards and I can’t stand them as-is. They’re ancient but serviceable. Just may have a solution now.
    Janet

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