How To Make a Canvas Using Vinyl 

I wanted to make something for a friend to remind her of our friendship now that she’s moving back home. So I began to brainstorm. After tossing around several ideas, I knew I wanted to make a canvas.

During the design phase, I had to make sure it fit on the canvas, 16×20 inches, with a border at least as wide as the wood frame (about 2 inches). This allowed for the canvas to sit flat on the heat press and not have to press over the wood frame.

After creating a design, I had to break it into cuttable pieces no wider than 12 inches. I decided to use HTV and cut and weeded all my pieces.

After warming the heat press, I placed the canvas on the bottom layer of it. I put all my pieces on to make sure the design was centered, aligned, and layered just like I wanted it.

Then I snapped a photo in case I had trouble aligning it again.

I then pressed one piece of HTV at a time using standard heat settings until the project was complete. I was pleased with the end result.


What do you think? Would you put vinyl on a canvas? Do you like the look? Tell me your experience with canvas.

Thanks for reading!

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P.S. A variation could be to use adhesive vinyl as a paint stencil (weed out the design and then paint). Just be sure the vinyl is fully adhered to the canvas so your art doesn’t bleed.

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