DIY: Glow-In-The-Dark Canvas

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DIY: Glow-In-The-Dark Canvas

So let me start by saying that the picture for this one is a little off just because my Android isn’t exactly amazing at capturing the glow-in-the-dark effect in a dim lit room. BUT it really does look pretty cool. So anyway!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Canvas, any size you want
  • Foam brushes
  • Glow-In-The-Dark Paint (I got mine at Hobby Lobby but I know Walmart sells some as well)(Yellow if you’re copying mine)
  • Glitter
  • Paint (Black and white if you’re copying mine)
  • A very fine tip paint brush
  • Peel and Stick letters (These I found hard to find the right kind, I ended up just getting some scrapbooking style letters that were the right size)
  • A quote!
  • Pencil

STEP ONE

Find a quote! I find Pinterest as always to be a great place for such things!

STEP TWO

Lay out your letters in the arrangement you want. Once you have them how you want, trace the outlines of the letters with the pencil.

STEP THREE

Now what you’ll want to do is paint the rest of the canvas the color you want, in my case black, using the foam brush. Go over the letters with the foam brush, but be gentle over the letters. If you use the kind I used they move if you paint too roughly with them. Use the fine brush around the edges of the letters if you need to. Paint as many coats as needed to get a full cover.

STEP THREE

Peel off the letters! Do this carefully and slowly! Make sure the paint is dry!

STEP FOUR

Using the fine tip brush, paint over the letters with white paint. This will just help clean up any smudges of the black. After, paint over the letters with the glow in the dark paint. This will take MULTIPLE coats. Glow in the dark paint is thin!!

STEP FIVE

If you’re copying mine, outline some stars in pencil then use thick layers of glow in the dark paint to outline them and fill them in.

STEP SIX

This is what was the hardest part. Here to get the glittery, galaxy effect you have to incorporate the glitter into the paint. So what I did was I mixed black paint, glow in the dark paint, and LOTS of glitter. I mean lots. If you don’t use enough, the black will overpower it. Mix the paint in equal parts, make sure the black color is dominant. Next use the foam brush to make a layer of the mixed paint and glitter over the already black surface. You don’t need to cover ever spot of the canvas with this, but you can. Let it dry, if you need to you can add more glitter. More glitter never hurts!!

STEP SEVEN

Let dry and admire your craftyness!!!!

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