America, the Beautiful Canvas
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America, the Beautiful Canvas

Let your patriotism shine with this hand crafted canvas project! It's easier than it looks with the downloadable patterns & step by step instructions.
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Uses Recycled Items: No
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 Artist’s Loft™ Back Stapled Canvas, small

Artist’s Loft™ Back Stapled Canvas

 Mod Podge® Matte, small

Mod Podge® Matte


Material List

  • FolkArt® Acrylic Paint – Black Cherry, Baby Blue, Navy Blue, Vintage White, Linen, Pure Gold, Antique Copper and Pearl White
  • FolkArt® Crackle Medium
  • FolkArt® Painting Stencil – Circle Medallion
  • Mod Podge® Matte
  • Mod Podge® Dimensional Magic™
  • Paintbrushes - #1 Liner, #12 Flat and #6 Round
  • Stencil Brush – ¼" and ½"
  • Pencil
  • Stretched Canvases – 4"x5" and 11"x14"
  • Tape
  • Music Sheet and Patriotic Printout from
  • Computer or Scrapbook Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Glue
  • Bowl (or Plate) Slightly Larger than Circle
  • Stencil
  • Hanging Charm Frame
  • Eye Hook
  • Scissors
  • Paper Towels
  • Foam Plates
  • Brush Basin
  • Pattern Printed from

Project Instructions

Step 1 Base coat large canvas Navy Blue.

Step 2 Apply Crackle Medium over canvas in an overlapping, slip-slap technique. Let dry. Apply Baby Blue over crackle medium in same fashion. Crackling will appear as paint dries.

Step 3 Using a very dry stencil brush, swirl Vintage White randomly over crackled surface to create clouds.

Step 4 Trace bowl/plate onto canvas where circle medallion will be painted. Paint in each circle in colors shown.

Step 5 Stencil medallion on top of painted circles, referring to photo for colors. Blend Vintage White and Navy Blue for varying shades. Lay cardstock along outer scalloped edge and lightly shade or highlight for dimension.

Step 6 Transfer number pattern to canvas and paint Black Cherry. Add any shading to shapes with liner brush.

Step 7 Transfer and cut out letters. Use stencil brush to shade edges of letters with Antique Copper. Apply to canvas with Mod Podge® referring to bottle for application directions. Apply Mod Podge® to entire surface.

Step 8 Transfer scroll design and paint using metallic colors. Blend paint to shade and highlight.

Step 9 Tape off approximately two thirds of smaller canvas and paint Navy Blue. When dry, tape off bottom third and paint Vintage White.

Step 10 Tape off stripes on Vintage White and paint Black Cherry.

Step 11 Transfer star pattern to blue field and use metallic colors to paint. Shade and highlight sections by blending paint.

Step 12 Tear “America the Beautiful” title from sheet music and Mod Podge® this to stripes.

Step 13 Cut out patriotic image and Mod Podge® to charm frame. When dry, apply Dimensional Magic™ over image and let dry.

Step 14 Insert eye hook into center of bottom of small canvas. Attach charm. Glue small canvas to large canvas.


Paint a dimensional star like paper mache to glue to canvas instead of pattern.