Apr 8, 2013

DIY: Canvas Date Art and Silhouette Challenge

So on Friday I shared the arrival of my new baby. Well not really a baby, my Silhouette Portrait. I guess I am acting a bit weird but I usually don't splurge on toys or electronics for myself and when I did I purchased a Silhouette Portrait and I'm babying it. The only projects I have completed have been vinyl labels so I wanted to try something different.  I have seen several different date art pieces floating around Pinterest and other blogs and I love it. It's simple but holds sentimental value.

I was inspired by this piece of custom hand made art from Jessie at Cape 27 Blog.

My new found friend and fellow blogger Lauren from The Thinking Closet started a year long challenge back in Janurary. A Silhouette Challenge that is. 12 new projects in 12 months. Sounds fun huh?

Well I'm a little late to the party but better late than never. It was a perfect time to try out my date art. I couldn't wait to try something new but I didn't want to stray to far from my comfort zone. So I stuck with vinyl but instead of using it as a decal I used it as a stencil. I created several stencils and cut them into pieces to create some canvas art.

 My materials were:
  •  large blank canvas
  • my cut vinyl/stencils
  • different colored Sharpie markers
***I didn't use a level or a straight edge but I would recommend using one when placing your stencils on your vinyl. I stuck my vinyl on in the way I wanted the dates to appear.

At first I thought I would use paint for the stencils but then I wanted different colors and really thought that might be messy and time consuming so I went to a slightly different plan. 

There is a lot of color there!! I tried to go for an ombre of blues, greens, and yellows. I just colored in the stencils. Easy Peasy! Another bonus of not using paint is there is no drying time. That means as soon I was done coloring I ripped the stencils off and was left with big colorful numbers with clean crisp lines. Perfection! The dark colored Sharpies did bleed a little but I liked the final look. You can see the coloring lines in the numbers and that reminds me of Eric Carle books. This would be cute to

How about that? Easy, no mess, no fuss, colorful art. I know it's simple and some may even say it's just numbers but to me it's the greatest dates of my life. First date, marriage, and my three children's births. And of course after those days we have lived happily ever after. 

Now that I have shown you my project I created with the help of my Silhouette let's link up to some other fabtastic blogs and see some more Silhouette inspired pieces.

Paint Chip Spring Ornaments - Coley's Corner
Mother's Day Celebration - Creative Turn

Please check out my fellow bloggers! They each have a great post. So I want to know who else is cutting their way through life? Have a project your working on? Already finished? Share it!


  1. This turned out beautifully, Stephanie! And they sell "80s glam" sharpies?! Why didn't anybody tell me! (wink.) One day when our family grows, I'd love to do some number art like this. (Our wedding program cover was just our wedding date in huge numbers: 07 18 09. I guess I just love that look!) And thanks for all of your encouragement where vinyl is concerned. My first vinyl project was a success!

    So glad you've joined us for The Silhouette Challenge, Stephanie! I can tell you're such a great asset to the group with your creativity, vibrant spirit, and COLOR!

    1. Thank you so much! It really is simple. I am so happy that your first vinyl project turned out amazing!!! I absolutely love it. Thanks so much for allowing me to be apart of the The Silhouette Challenge. I have enjoyed browsing everyone's ideas and projects. Also, I love the group because I know if I ever have a problem I can quickly get help from you guys! Thanks for that!

    2. Sure thing! Yes, it's great to have a group of people to come to with questions. That was a big part of why I wanted to start the group in the first place. And I, too, love seeing what everyone else has created. I get so inspired!

  2. really neat stencils. I'm gonna try that.

  3. This turned out so cute! I might just have a go at this! I had no idea they sold 80 glam sharpies either! I may have to invest ;)


  4. This turned out so cute! I think I might try it! I also had no idea that made 80's glam sharpies. I may have to invest;) Tori

  5. New follower and loving your blog and I LOVE this canvas I need to try it!!! xoxo, Darla

  6. This is awesome! You did an amazing job.

  7. I really like this project ... I am heading to the craft store today, and you gave me an idea of stuff to look for! :-D

    I am a new follower via the Friend Connect Blog Hop and am now following you via GFC and BlogLovin' - I can't wait to get to know you better (and steal some more great projects, hehe)

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  8. Love this post!! New follower from the hop:). I would love it if you would stop by and link it up at our party that just opened. Alice @ The Owl's Skull http://theowlskull.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-wonderland-hop-4.html

  9. This is so pretty! Sharpies are wonderful :)

  10. I discovered your blog through the Blog Hop and am loving all your DIY ideas, I'm slowly but surely making my way through looking at them all. You're so artsy and giving me so many ideas!!

  11. I love it! I just got my Silhouette, and I've been looking for new ideas!

  12. You have shared a great post, i enjoyed it, many thank for sharing this inspirational post.. :)


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