Memories on a 4 x 4 canvas...a little tutorial


I take a lot of photos on my cellphone. Not the greatest quality but definitely a way to capture those memories as they happen, right? Today, I'm showing you how I created this 4 x 4 canvas featuring my loving parents using a photo taken with a cellphone! :) The grainy quality of the photo is less apparent when it's small! *LOL*

I love to put my fondest memories on display and sometimes it's really hard to find wall space or table space to really showcase them. That's why I love these 4 x 4 canvas blocks. They take up very little wall space, challenge you to create within a really small space and go a long way to create visual interest in your room! :) I put them up on the wall using 3M velcros...(I hate putting nails in the wall...if I change my mind, I have to patch it up and then paint over it!)

Memories 1

I started by painting my canvas red. Since it's such a small piece of artwork, I really wanted it to stand out! :)

Memories 2

My credit card size photo was cropped to fit this cool frame from the Black Out Mixed Media Color Kit.

Memories 3

I used a crochet doiley as a base...love the added texture.
Memories 4

I added the photo, cool zipper ribbon from the Black Out Mixed Media Color Kit and a handmade fabric flower.

Memories flower 1

You need a strip of fabric, needle and thread to make the flower.

Memories flower 2

Fold the strip of fabric and start to twist it to form the flower. Secure it by stitching as you twist.

Memories flower 3

Here is the completed fabric flower! I love the frayed floral look..


I added more embellishments from the Wedding Night Mixed Media Color Kit. The red heart pin is from Heidi Grace. I added the gray heart from the kit to the pin. I also added some pearls for a little more texture.

What do you think?

[This project was shared on the Gauche Alchemy blog last week and edited for this blog post.]


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Anonymous said...

i love it, amazing tutorial and wow creativity. just love ur idea!! its so nice....u r sooooooooo good with these thngs.....:)

Spardha said...

thanks soo much for another tutorial!.. m soo gonna make this.. on a bigger sized board i think!.. love the flower idea.. and the pins are soo adorably cute! :)

Shraddha said...

Great idea!The picture is perfect !

lisa said...

What do you think, you ask??
That is just so beautiful, I LOVE it.
Thank you for sharing all your tips too. I want to give that flower ago.
Have a good day xx

Kishley said...

Wow! the stark contrast of the colors look awsome in this setting!! :) Thanks for the tutorial.. gonna try those roses someday :D

Smita said...

Gorgeous!! I love the tutorial and the flower... the crochet doily... everything!!


Sherry (aka sherryann) said...

Yvonne, this is fabulous! Thanks for the Tutorial I might actually have to try this out.

Laurel said...

This is great! thanks for the tutorial too!

Heather said...

This is so pretty! I love it!

Maggi said...

I just loved seeing this again, cooling mini canvas ever!

Jaya Christina said...

wow.. what a cute lil piece! lovely :)

MrsETaylor said...

I so love this Yvonne. The colors are beautiful and your extras are just perfect. Love your eye for design.

Bhavana said...

nice use of canvas... liked the flower tutorial...

Jeanet said...

I just LOVE this canvas Yvonne!
And your tutorial is beautiful!
I just have to try that flower, so stunning!
Thanks for sharing my friend!!

laterg8r said...

so fantastic, i can see a small wall full of these :D

Karen B. said...

Fantastic idea to share those little pictures! Love the pop of red with the black.

Blossom inch said...

I love it to bits, and the tutorial on flower is awesome. I will definitely try this at home and what an awesome picture. Thanks for the inspiration and I will try my best to do this soon.

p/s: Previously I copied your skills on the felt flowers and it works and of course a credit for you/mentioned your name in my blog.


Dora said...

Wonderful work the canvas is very pretty, and love the handmade flower, thnx for the tutorial!

RiNNE said...

Your parents are too cute! And this canvas is such a fantastic work of art! Thanks for the tutorial!

Lynnda Hosni said...

this is too gorgeous Yvonne .... love the flower...thanks for the tutorial... i will try... pssst...i did the felt flowers...xx

Cindy Lee said...

This is awesome!! And thanks for sharing the tutorial! You make everything look so simple but it's not.

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