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Painting watercolor on canvas can be a quick and easy way to design a background for DIY signs. Grab a FREE SVG file and learn how to apply HTV on watercolor canvas.
Today I have a quick and cheap project for you! I have been organizing and shifting my craft room to a new location and I wanted to display a cute and funny sign.
I thought the phrase “I can’t, I’m crafting today” would be a perfect sign to put out so no one would bother me (well at least that’s the hope!). I have a FREE SVG cut file to make your own DIY craft room sign or you could use it to make a t-shirt or mug, whatever suits you!
Plus I teamed up with a bunch of my blogger friends, to give you even more craft quote SVG files so make sure you scroll down to the bottom to jump on over to their sites and download some more!
I ended up using a canvas panel board from the Dollar Tree to make my craft room sign. I rummaged through my stock of paints, and found a few watercolor acrylic paints so I quickly applied those to the canvas and had a colorful background to put the SVG on.
Materials Needed for Watercolor on Canvas Sign
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- watercolor acrylic paints (optional)
- iron-on vinyl
- Cricut or other cutting machine (I love my Cricut and you can find out all about it here!)
- Cricut EasyPress 2 and mat
- Teflon sheet
- FREE SVG Craft quote file – see below
How to Apply Watercolor on Canvas
Watercolor acrylic paints are so easy to use! This was my first time using them, and I have to tell you, I’m a big fan!
I squeezed a little bit of the watercolor acrylic paint into a disposable cup and added some water. Then just stir it up. The more water you add, the lighter the color will be.
I added way too much paint and water and ended up with a ton since the watercolor canvas only ended up using a little bit.
Then you dip the paintbrush into the watercolor and paint it in different spots all over the canvas. There is no right or wrong way! I started with one color and then the other and then even spread some together.
Make sure to watch the video at the top or side for this step if you want to see it in action. Once you have it the way you want it, let it dry!
Applying HTV on Canvas
I’ve never applied it on a watercolor canvas, but it worked out great! Grab your FREE cut file below and cut it out of iron-on vinyl. Make sure to turn mirror setting to On and place material shiny side DOWN on the mat.
Cut all layers of the SVG file. I used four different colors of iron on vinyl, one was glitter.
Weed out all the extra iron-on pieces.
According to the Cricut heat guide, when applying HTV on canvas the temperature should be set to 340F and pressed for 30 seconds.
Preheat an EasyPress to 340. Since we are doing multiple layers, the first few layers only need to be pressed for about 5 seconds.
Place the dry watercolor canvas DIY on an EasyPress 2 or towel and center the largest image (lettering).
I wanted to protect my EasyPress plate in case any of the watercolor would transfer to it, so I placed a teflon sheet over the entire canvas and iron-on image and pressed it for 5 seconds.
Let the iron-on vinyl cool down some and then peel off the plastic backing.
I placed all of my silver pieces down next. Covered it with the teflon sheet and pressed for another 5 seconds.
Once they cooled, peel off the backing and position the other pieces. The glitter iron-on vinyl kept curling up so I put a few pieces of heat resistant tape on them to hold them down.
Place a teflon sheet over everything again, and if this is your last press, press it for the entire 30 seconds.
Let the HTV cool a bit and then peel off the remaining backings. If any of it comes down, press it again. (I had to do this on glitter thread!)
That’s it! Now you have your own DIY craft room sign to hang on the door or prop up on your craft table (or kitchen table or dining room table…)
FREE Cricut Craft Quote SVG
Sometimes the file will look blurry when you first open it, but once you download it, the SVG will open up clearly. If you need additional help, make sure to check out my video on how to download and upload files to CDS at the bottom of the post.
As I said, you don’t need to put the craft quote on a canvas, you can also make a t-shirt to wear anytime!
If you’d like to save this Cricut backpack tutorial for later, simply hover over the top left of the image below and PIN It now!
And as promised, here are a bunch of other craft quote SVG files. Simply click on the links to hop on over to their blogs to get them. Happy crafting!
- I can’t, I’m crafting today – Leap of Faith Crafting
- Netflix & Craft – Brooklyn Berry Designs
- Born to Craft – That’s What Che Said
- Mama by Day, Crafter by Night – The Girl Creative
- Crafting is My Cardio – Liz on Call
- I can’t be trusted… – Life Sew Savory
- Eat Sleep Craft Repeat – Try It Like It
- I Can Totally Make That – Everyday Party Magazine
- Queen of Crafting – Happy Go Lucky
- I Craft So Hard, I Sweat Glitter – Kelly Leigh Creates
- Habitual Crafter – Artsy Fartsy Mama
- Cut It Out – Unoriginal Mom
- Please Excuse the Mess – A Home to Grow Old In
- My Life is Craftastic! – Mom of 5 Trying to Survive
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a creative day!