Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Guest Post: Alma Matter Logo Canvas

Today, We're participating in the Grow.Swap.Share.  Courtney is  posting over at Tiaras and Bowties about updating her front door wreath.  In return we'd like to welcome Kim from Tiaras and Bowties who is here to share her Alma Matter Logo Canvas.

Well Hello!  I am Kim; the queen of my make believe castle.  I am a decorative painter, crafter and all around DIY'er; a mommy of 2, a wife and a caregiver to my live in MIL.  My story changed 15 years ago with the birth of our first child, a daughter born with a rare genetic syndrome.  I blog over at Tiaras and Bowties, sharing my crafting endeavours as well as the joys and frustrations that make my twisted fairy tale life- mine.  You can also find me on Etsy creating personalized and custom art at Kimberly Sminkey Dsg.

I am so excited to be swapping today sharing a DIY painted canvas that would make a fantastic gift for Father's Day, Graduation, or anyone wanting to show some school spirit with all of you Brilliant Like Fireflies readers!

Alma Matter Logo Canvas!


I started off by importing an image from the web into my new Cameo.  I completed this vinyl on the third use of my Cameo {seriously- you can do this too} it took me a few tries but Oh the satisfaction!
This was for a Penn State U die hard using the Nittany lion and the family's last name.  I placed the vinyl on my canvas in the spots that I wanted to remain white!

If you do not have a Cameo, you can easily do this by printing a photo of your logo and transferring it to your canvas by hand, then painting it.

{white vinyl on white canvas}

PSU colors are a deep Navy blue, so I began painting the canvas with Navy acrylic paint.  I wanted a more interesting background than a flat color so I randomly slapped on a small amount of black and blended, blended, blended until the colors flowed into each other.


Set aside to dry, and if your like me this is the hardest part!  I am SO very impatient!  I managed to allow it to almost dry before grabbing my crafting set of tweezers...


carefully, pull up the vinyl lettering to expose the white areas where the lettering blocked the paint!

Don't worry, the paint will seep under a bit as the vinyl does not make a great seal onto the fabric of the canvas.  This is were you get your itty bitty thin little liner brush out and touch up the lines.  I filled in the white areas of the canvas with a bright white paint being careful to crisp up those edges as best as I could.  Remember, perfection is not necessary- this is a hand painted treasure, the imperfections make it beautiful!

For more projects like this and sooooo much more, please stop by my castle at Tiaras and Bowties!

Be sure to hop around and check out all of the other talented Blog Swappers participating below!

Thanks Kim for sharing here today! We hope everyone swings Tiaras and Bowties to check out her amazing blog. And don't forget to check out all of the other participants in the Blog Swap below. 


  1. Thanks for having me over today girls! Love your wreath too!

  2. That looks terrific! I need to get a vinyl cutter

  3. Terrific sign! I love using vinyl!! Thanks for sharing!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

    Following via GFC


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