Reverse Canvas Artwork – Bear Mandala
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I’ve seen so many mandala designs online, and have always wanted to make one. I just didn’t know what to make, and how to make it. I found this bear mandala just in a Google search, and thought it looked like fun to try. If you haven’t heard of a mandala, it’s a geometric configuration of symbols with a very different application. You sometimes see it as a paisley look, inside a large outline. There are all different types of shapes, details, etc. I just love the look, and wanted to make one for my home.
It was pretty easy to do, if you have a Cricut…and time. Some people really dislike the weeding part, which is the removal of the unneeded vinyl. Taking the time to gently remove every piece that isn’t part of the design is a relaxing time for me, and I find it very therapeutic. Just depends on what you like to do. So, let me know what you think about the design in the comments. I sure hope that you like the tutorial, and pray that you have a blessed day!
Instructions for the Reverse Canvas Artwork:
The project began with cutting out the bear mandala with my Cricut. I just used a scrap piece of heat transfer vinyl that I had and ran it through the machine on the regular HTV setting.
While I was waiting for the cut to finish, I started on the frame. Using an 8″ x 10″ art canvas, you just remove the canvas from the frame. Then you can stain the frame underneath, any color that you want. Let it sit and dry, for however long is needed. When it’s dry, you just staple the canvas to the underside and trim the edges.
Once the HTV cut was complete, I used my Pin Pen to weed everything. That tool makes it so much easier, than the old school fingers or tweezers way.
Whenever I’m done (or think that I’m done weeding), I always hold it up to a light source to see if I missed anything. It just seems to help you see anything, that you might not have removed from the design.
I found a few pieces that I had missed, and weeded those out. Now we’re ready for application.
Center the piece inside of the frame where you want it. Using a vinyl hand application tool, you can give it a bit more pressure to stick. Using a heat wand, or heat gun, apply the warmth to the design. You can also do this with a heat press, prior to attaching the canvas to the frame. Whatever works for you. 🙂
Once it’s transferred, you can remove the transfer tape cautiously, and verify that everything is fully attached. You can heat up spots that need it, if more adhesion is necessary. After that, you can display it anywhere you like. I ended up adding a bit of greenery to a corner, for a little pop.
So, what do you think? I hope you like it!
Please take a minute to leave me a comment on what you would like to create, and maybe if you have any tips on how to do it different, or better!
“Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”” –1 Samuel 17:37
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