Joy St. Germain : How to Make a Canvas Rug Floor Cloth
How to Make a Canvas Rug Floor Cloth
By Joy St. Germain
Floorcloths (aka canvas rugs) are fun and easy to make and you don't have to be an artist to create your own work of art. There's a variety of different paints and paint markers that you can use to decorate your floorcloth. All you need to add is your imagination to create a unique, one of a kind, hand painted original.
I'm a big fan of artist acrylic paints. Artist acrylic paint is thick, easy to control and it remains flexible after it drys. It also has a high pigment content so the colors remain bright. I've had very good results with Liquitex Basics and Golden heavy body artist acrylics paints. For the jalapeno floorcloth project I used Basics paint colors Mars black, Cadmium red and Permanent green.
Fredrix pre-primed artist canvas is ready to be painted. Unroll it and place heavy books on the corners for a few hours to fully flatten.
Flip your floorcloth over and place it on a flat surface. Using a ruler, mark off a 2" edge on all four sides.
Make a small pencil mark 2" from each corner.
Draw a diagonal line connecting the marks.
Cut along the diagonal line to remove the corner.
Put 2" carpet tape around all four sides of your floorcloth.
Press the corners together for a snug fit. Continue pressing the edges of your floorcloth.
Paint a 1" black border along all 4 sides. When dry, place your stencil along your border.
Blot off any excess paint so that your stenciling with a dry brush. Hold the stencil brush straight up and swirl the paint into the floorcloth.
You can speed up the drying time with a hand held hair dryer. After you finish one section, cover it with a towel so that it doesn't smudge.
After the red paint is dry stencil black paint on top for a shading effect.
After the border is dry, place the jalapeno stencil in the middle of the floorcloth.
To prevent smudging the border as you paint the middle of the floorcloth, place a towel over the border.
I used a hand held hair dryer to speed up the drying time before I removed the stencil.
After the floorcloth is dry apply 3-5 thin coats of waterproof sealer.
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Joy St. Germain started The Wildwood Cottage out of her love for art, stenciling and crafts. She's a hands on "Do It Yourselfer" that enjoys creating new and unique crafts. More »