It feels like it's been forever since I shared a new project with you!! I was on project over-load after all the holiday craziness, but I'm so excited to get back to regular posting and show you some artwork I just finished!
We've lived in our new home for seven months now, and I'm finally getting around to adding artwork in some of the blank spaces around the house. I was inspired by a canvas I saw at I'll Get You My Pretties and came up with my own Washer Monogram Canvas Art:
Washers in various sizes
Mod Podge (or glue of choice)
I started with a canvas from Hobby Lobby (half off of course!) and traced very lightly with a pencil around a large chip board letter "F" I was saving for another project. You could also easily print a letter template from your computer or freehand your monogram!
Next I grabbed my washers to start filling in the monogram. I picked up several packs of washers in various sizes from the hardware store. I think I ended up using about 7 packs total.
At first I tried to be strategic about which sizes of washers went where,
but then I ended up dumping them all onto the table and mixing them together. This is a project that works best without a plan!
I started by placing washers around the edges of the monogram first, varying the sizes as I went. Once I liked the way a section looked, I moved the washers off of the monogram (still keeping them in order), painted on a good layer of Mod Podge, and placed the washers back onto the monogram, pressing them into the Mod Podge to secure.
You could also apply your favorite heavy-duty glue of choice to each individual washer and place it onto the canvas, but this way seemed much faster. I'm an impatient crafter!
Once the edges of the monogram were finished, I started to work on the center. I worked in small sections, applying a layer of Mod Podge and filling in the washers. I placed the larger washers first, then used the smaller washers to fill in between.
And here's the finished product sitting on my mantel:
I love all the little circles, and they really shine when the sunlight hits them! My sister said this was the perfect artwork compromise between men and women... a pretty, shiny monogram made with industrial, manly washers! Works for me!
You could apply a layer of Mod Podge or spray sealer over the washers to protect them, but I didn't think mine needed it. And since the packs of washers cost under $1, this art cost me under $15! I love when I can make the perfect art for my home without breaking the bank!