April 18, 2011

How to: Newspaper canvas artwork

Hey guys!
Ok so we all have a few canvases lying around our home or studio that are half painted and you are probably not going to go back to it, or it's damnaged and of course you don't throw it away becauase you might be able to use it for something... Well here is a project for just such a canvas. :)

You will need:

My old canvas story- this particular little guy was originally going to be used to make an art work for my mum for mothers day last year. Then I wanted to experiment with painting over big blobs of glue (got as far as the blobs of glue on the canvas... thats it.) Then I covered it in newspaper. was going to draw over it or something. And finally TODAY I finally did something useful with it! 

Step 1: Tear up strips of newspaper

Step 2: Twist the newspaper strips into nice thin twirly strings.

Step 3: Wrap the strings around a pencil. (or anyting else that is kind of round, paint brush or a pen)

Wrap it all the way around and slide it off the end of the pencil.

Step 4: Put a BIG dollop of glue onto your canvas. You need to be very generous with your glue for this project!

Stick the twirl of newspaper onto the canvas.

Use a paintbrush to cover the twirl in glue. I mean it, generosity is the key for getting this project to work!

Keep making coils and sticking them on. :)

getting there...

Seriously, lots and lots of glue. After all your hard work you don't want it to fall apart...
Make sure you use a glue that dries clear, or even better a glue, like the one I am using, that goes on clear. That way you don't risk any white blotchy patches of glue to spoil your work!

Keep going...

and going...

almost done!


It does take several hours and your hands get a bit sore but its totally worth it. It looks great. No more crappy half dead canvas. :)

Thinking about putting some gold leaf touches on the coils...

What do you think? :)



  1. I think you should do some small ones sparaticaly on the edges !Or put your gold leaves there. Like this idea your very creative!

  2. This looks really great, Dom!! I l-o-v-e recycled art!!

  3. I love this! I'm going home to make one right now (ok, I actually have to stay at work the full day, but after that...). Thanks for sharing this!

  4. This looks awesome! Great tutorial, thanks

  5. I saw this on Craft gossip. Love it, so awesome.
    Thanks for sharing the turtorial.
    I am your newest follower.

  6. I saw this on Craft Gossip too! Great idea. I think I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  7. That's so COOL! I bet magazine pages would work really well too - it would be very colorful if you wanted a different look!

    Meg :)

  8. what a great idea and it could be lightly sprayed white or black or whatever colour too
    Thanks for the tip!

  9. This is so cool. A wonderful project. I just love the idea of making something so special from NOTHING!

  10. So glad you guys like the project! I think I am going to work on something similar but coloured or something... :)

  11. can I tell you how much I love this project?! I AM going to do this!

  12. I love this! I've bookmarked it...and I have the perfect canvas (that my niece ripped a whole in) for it! Thank you!!

  13. That's a really unusual idea. That'll get me brainstorming about all the halfpainted canvases I have lying about.

  14. Great idea to do with my kids...thanks for sharing : )

  15. I like it! Needs a bit of color though.
    Great idea!

  16. I've seen this before, I think I'll give it a try too :)

  17. Great idea, but not sure I get it. Tell me again why I would want a canvas full of rolled up newspaper? What do you do with it? Don't get me wrong, I'm as crafty as the next person and am currently engaged corn dolly fairies, but this leaves something to be desired for me. Sorry.. Now I can see perhaps using this technique for sculpting a landscape or still life, etc.

  18. This is really cool. I think it would be awesome if you left it like it was in the picture right above "keep going" and then painted a tree trunk with branches up from the bottom left corner to meet the newspaper blooms. Neat idea!

  19. Hmmm......maybe this would be a great way to decorate a box that a gift will go into instead of buying expensive wrapping paper. I would use the comic section for the "rolls" and other colorful sections for th rest of the box. Just a thought.

  20. iLike!!! thanks for sharing...

  21. Love this so much!
    I am also following you.

  22. I posted a link to this article in my blog... not sure of the protocol, but thank you for the tutorial, and hopefully more people will visit your blog due to my posting!
    See it in context....

  23. For a colorful version, perhaps you could try origami paper or tissue paper.

  24. Thanks so much for all the awesome feedback guys! I just love this idea of Tactile collages and have a few more designs brewing in my head now. Stay tuned! :)

  25. I am an artist who uses recycled old books to make flowers in vases and also work with recycled magazines to make bulls eye rose designs which you can see on my website at http://www.serendipitini.com

    Your ideas can be adapted in so many ways


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