Thursday, April 19, 2012

Superhero Canvases

Parker has some new artwork in his room.  I made him a Superman, Batman & Spider-Man canvases for his room, using a few different techniques.  He is loving all of his superhero stuff!

I used a two, 16x20 canvases and one 8x10 for these projects.  I bought a two pack of 16x20 canvases at Michaels for $6, with a 40% off coupon.  The 8x10 canvas I already had.

Paints and Brushes

Technique #1 - Freehand (with a little help from a ruler)

For the Superman picture, I used a 16x20 canvas.  I drew the logo on the canvas, using a smaller logo as an example.  The particular logo I was using, was half its size, so I doubled all the lengths on the exterior of the logo and freehanded the "S".  Then it was a basically a paint by number.  It was kind of tedious and everything needed a few coats, so it took me a little while to finish it.  I used the paints in the picture above and a variety of different sized brushes.  The yellow in the finished picture below is brighter than the picture shows.


Technique #2 - Block Poster Transfer

For the Batman picture, I also used a 16x20 canvas.  I was having a hard time figuring out how I was going to get the Batman logo on the canvas, until I found Block Posters.  Block Posters lets you create any size poster with any image and its free!  All you do, is upload your picture, select the size you want, download and print.  After I printed the logo, I cut it out and kept only the black of the logo, then taped it together, taped it to my canvas, traced the logo with yellow chalk and painted.  Painting over chalk is much easier and covers much better, than painting over pencil.  And again the yellow in the finished picture below is actually much brighter.

Just in case anyone is curious, Batman is my favorite superhero.


Technique #3 - Mod Podge

Spider-Man is one of Parker's favorites, so I knew I had to do a Spider-Man picture.  It took me a while to decide what I wanted to do for Spider-Man, to me its the most complicated superhero logo.  Luckily, I found a couple Spider-Man posters at Michaels for a dollar and decided I would color one and use Mod Podge to attach it to the canvas.  I used a smaller 8x10 canvas for this one, painted it blue, then I colored in Spider-Man with marker, cut him out with the skyline, then followed the directions on the Mod Podge bottle and attached Spider-Man to the canvas.  The Mod Podge faded the colors of Spider-Man, so I colored him again with marker to brighten it up.


These are hanging in Parker's room right now, but I'm not sure they are in their final spot, so no picture yet.  He was anxious to get them hung up in his room!  Coming soon...more superhero projects!  

Check out the other superhero projects I've done for Parker's room:

Happy Champagne Thursday!



  1. Amazing. I love it and now know what my next project for the boys' superhero room will be. I did superhero quilts for the beds, but artwork will be next! Thanks!

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