tape on canvas

Untitled, Acrylic, household paint, oil, spray paint, tape & paper on canvas, 36 x 26 cm, By EC 2015

“Space, if I can put it like this, is belonging: a complex nineteenth-century word, which certainly in its plural form speaks to the century’s dream of space as something possessable, but also–consider the longing built into the noun–something desired, vulnerable, patiently constructed, easily lost.”

Too bad this sort of reduction cannot be achieved with books.

The mode for labeling a visual artist’s work, when exhibited, has always appealed to me. How the artist’s name and the title of the piece are followed by the medium. 

• Oil on canvas 
• Tape and acrylic on panel 
• Plywood, forged iron, plaster, latex paint, twine 
• Wood, beeswax, leather, fabric, and human hair 
• Living artist, glass, steel, mattress, pillow, linen, water, and spectacles 
• Fat, felt, and cardboard box in metal and glass display case 
• Bronze 
• Metal and plastic 
• Hand-spun wool 
• Fabric collage 
• Carrara marble and teakwood base 
• Red pigment and varnish on paper 
• Video, black-and-white, sound 
• Dyed cotton, grommets, rope, and thread, in two parts 

I find the plainness and economizing record of materials handled calming. Realistic yet not austere, because what corresponds— the words oil on canvas— has everything and nothing to do with what I’m looking at. The disconnect wakes me up. The words plywood, plaster, and twine are deadpan and even grim. Bronze is bodily and somehow lewd. Characterizing a video installation as having “sound” seems like, for whatever reason, a breakthrough. That a glass display case or teakwood base is principle to the piece feels hospitable. “Fabric collage” is pseudonymous. 

Too bad this sort of reduction cannot be achieved with books. Tables of contents don’t even come close. Indexes, maybe. 

~ Durga Chew-Bose, from “Heart Museum” in Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays (Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2017)

🎨 Top 7 sorority canvas & craft letter tracing techniques!  🎨

Q: What are some tips for painting canvases? Every time I try the letters turn out bad, or it looks sloppy… Any ideas?

A: You must TRACE the lettering instead of trying to freehand it. Letters can make a perfectly painted canvas look messy if they are not traced neatly. That’s the problem you are running into. There are several different tracing techniques that can be used on canvases, coolers and other crafted gifts.

✰ Using attractive fonts from your computer is the first step. If you don’t already have fonts you like, use a source like this:

http://www.google.com/fonts/

✰ First paint your decorative canvas with the pattern or solid color you desire. Lettering will be the finishing touch on top of your painted design. To get the letter size you need, you may need to print several pieces of paper from your computer, or even one letter per page for large canvases. Use a ruler to space your letters evenly if needed. 

🎨   TOP 7 Ways to Paint Sorority Quotes & Letters on Canvas:  🎨

✰ Chocopaper/Carbon Paper Tracing Technique: 

  • From your computer ~ print your font on paper in the correct size for your canvas. This may take more than one sheet of paper, depending on the font size.
  • Gently tape the font paper to the painted canvas with painter’s tape. 
  • Slip a piece of Chocopaper/carbon paper between the font paper and the canvas.  
  • Place a book under your canvas to keep the surface firm and to keep it from stretching. 
  • Trace the letters with a ball point pen. 
  • Remove the font paper and the transfer paper and there will be a light outline of your lettering left on the canvas. Fill in with acrylic paints. 

✰ Tissue/Tracing Paper Technique:

  • From your computer ~ print your font on paper in the correct size for your canvas.
  • Place issue paper, or other translucent paper, over the font print-out and trace the letters with a pencil.
  • Place the tissue paper on the painted canvas and secure it with a few pieces of painter’s tape. Trace the letters with a fine to medium point Sharpie (not a thick Sharpie). The ink will bleed through and create the lines. 
  • Once the outline is traced, remove the tissue and paint the lettering in your desired colors. 

✰ Acrylic Letter Technique: 

  • Purchase removable acrylic letters at the craft store. 
  • Place onto the painted canvas and trace around the edges of each letter. 
  • Peel off the acrylic letters and paint within the traced lines.

✰ DIY a Stencil Technique:  

  • Most stenciled letters look like stencils. But you can make a more attractive stencil from your favorite computer font. 
  • From your computer ~ print your font on paper in the correct size for your canvas. A bolder, straight-edged style works best. 
  • Cut out the letters, creating your own stencil. 
  • Lightly tape the stencil over your painted canvas and trace the inside of the letters.
  • Peel off the stencil and paint within the lettering lines. 

✰ Chalk Technique: 

  • From your computer ~ print your font on paper in the correct size for your canvas.
  • Cover the back of your paper with white chalk by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the surface. 
  • Turn the paper over to the printed font side and lightly tape it to your painted canvas. 
  • Place a book under the canvas to keep it firm. 
  • With a ballpoint pen trace over the words. 
  • Remove the paper and there should be a chalk outline of your wording. Fill in the letters with paint. 

✰ Pencil Technique: 

  • From your computer ~ print your font on paper in the correct size for your canvas.
  • Turn the paper over and cover the back of each letter with pencil marks. 
  • Lay the paper font side up/pencil side down onto the painted canvas. But a book behind the canvas center to avoid stretching. 
  • Trace the font lettering with a ballpoint pen. The backside pencil lead will leave a tracing on your canvas. 
  • Remove the paper and fill in your letters with acrylic paint. 
  • If there are any stray pencil lead smudges, you can remove them with a baby wipe once all the paint is dry. 

✰ Mod Podge Technique: 

  • From your computer ~ print your font on paper in the correct size for your canvas. 
  • Precisely cut out your letters and Mod Podge them on to your painted canvas. 
  • Once dry, paint over your lettering with acrylic paints. The paper letters stay in place and serve as your template. 
  • This technique is best when using bolder, straight-edged letters that are easier to cut out. If using a curly script font, cut carefully with an x-acto knife. 
  • Mod Podging and painting over letters, images, or logos is also a favorite technique for cooler painting. 
  • Variation: cut out letters in decorative paper and Mod Podge them onto your painted canvas for a collage look. You don’t need to paint over these letters. 

✰ “NEAT” canvas lettering inspiration: 

Almost finished my “PartyGuts” piece on canvas!! (I even match it a lil haha) 🎨💖🎉

The Mundane Little Things

Alrighty, Anon who requested #19 or #38. Many hundreds of apologies for how long it took me to get to this prompt. Life. Ugh. Also, I tried to save this as a draft earlier when I had to run out the door, and tumblr decided to eat your ask. Boo tumblr. Boo. So here it is as a text post. Hopefully, you catch this.

I wrote #38 “You fainted…straight into my arms. If you wanted my attention, you didn’t have to go to such extremes,” last week-ish, and you can find it here. Now for your other request. #19. “The paint’s supposed to go where?!”  

P.S. I don’t care how boring you think it is, I am way too enamored with the thought of Everlark engaged in mundane tasks post-Mockingjay. I will read the heck out of those drabbles and squeal like a loon every time because after the hell they went through, they deserve the simple pleasures. Also, if you haven’t seen it, go check out @everlart​’s Simple Pleasures series, a series of drawings of Everlark doing just that, enjoying the simple things in life. Her work is amazing.


They flip through the long, slender book for what feels like days. Katniss fails to see how this is so important. Or rather, she’s frustrated with the subtle differences Peeta seems to notice in the shades of paint that escape her. Every now and then, his forehead creases and he points to two different plates.

“I don’t know,” he says. “This one feels too cool for a bedroom. This one’s got more of a yellow undertone to it. What do you think?”

It has to be the artist eye that he possesses, because all she can do is shrug in response.

“They both look green to me,” Katniss says, wishing he’d just pick a color and get on with it.

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GREGOR HILDEBRANDT
“My Heart Beats Against the Water (Anna Calvi)” 2011
Cassette tape, acrylic painting on canvas / Bandes magnétiques et peinture acrylique sur toile
38 ¼ x 36 ¼ inches / 97 x 92 cm
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