Sunday, October 17, 2010

The No. 3

Howdy Ya'll...

Yeah, I know I'm from the frozen tundra of the upper midwest, but sometimes my southern roots slip out. And today, it just sounded right to greet ya'll with a "howdy."

Let's move on.

Ok, I've been debating whether or not I should share this with you, but I did a fun blog swap with Never Enough Thyme Creations, and shared the tutorial on her blog, so I wanted to let you guys see it as well!

I started with this hand-me-down square canvas from a friend of mine. At first, I painted it, hung it on my wall and there it stayed until I grew tired of it. Just wasn't feelin' it anymore!

So, I used my linen remnant purchase from Jo-Ann's to cover the canvas (I simply used hot glue to secure the edges to the back).

Once that was done, I found the number "3" in a pretty font and blew it up to somewhere around size 600.(No idea why I used 3...the curves? The number of children I have? Who knows?)

Even though that was pretty big, my canvas was even bigger, so I simply cut around the 3 an additional 1/3 of an inch or so. 

I then used a regular pencil to trace the number onto the linen.

Have you guys used these before? They're acrylic paint pens and I love 'em! These are water-based black pens in fine and medium points. I used these to fill in the 3. You can easily use regular acrylic paint and a brush as well.
After that was done, I had fun trying to find a spot for it in my home. I'm thinking of hanging it in my bathroom, but really, who will see it in there? So, for now, it resides on my table in the living room. 

Here's another shot with some more fun stuff around it.


  1. Cute, simple idea that most anyone can do! That is great.

  2. Nice, I like it! Thanks for sharing~

  3. Acrylic paint pens?! They sound perfect for me. I'm much better with a pen than a brush. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Great art tool! I can't wait to try them out for a future project. Cute idea. :-)

  5. Love this idea, and can't wait to try it out in some form. Now my wheels are spinning...
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a great way to reuse an old canvas. Thanks, I have some numbers on transfer paper from an old Pottery Barn project, this would be a good use for them.

  7. I am on the hunt for "3"s ~ for my street address ~ to make a little grouping on a wall in my home. If I can't find just what I am looking for this is a great idea! Thanks!!

  8. Very cute. So simple but unique. Love it.

  9. According to School House Rock 3 is a magic number :) At least that what pops into my head whenever I see a three (the song too.)

  10. I love 3--my fave #. 3 kids, 2 born on the 3rd, and the last one on the 12th--get it 1 + 2 = 3!!! I love your craft.

  11. awesome! I just bought a big random letter "A" so I can definitely appreciate you number 3!

  12. I love this! I was wondering why you chose 3 also, but I love that that's how many children you have. And you're right, the curves are cool, too!

  13. I just seen this post today and I love it! so cute and super easy to make, Oh and I love the stripes that you added! I want to make one now! :)



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