Alison Spokes

Faerie Tales from an Artist & Tarot Reader

Hello, my name is Ali, and I hoard wall calendars. Also, a craft tutorial.

Here is something you may not know about me: I am a hoarder of wall calendars. The bottom drawer of my work desk is where calendars since 2002 come to spend their retirement. Every year the pile gets bigger – I keep hoping someday it will talk to me like Marjory, the Trash Heap from Fraggle Rock and begin offering me sound advice,
…or at least yell at me to get off of social media and get back to work.

Every year as I pack away yet another wall calendar, I tell myself,

“someday I will find a use for these pretty pictures.”

Twelve years I have been telling myself this! I am running out of real estate for these ever-populating paper retirees! I need to find a way to use them. Cue Pinterest.

Oh, Pinterest…

If you already have an account, feel free to skip ahead to the tutorial below. If you do not have a Pinterest account, you need to go create one right away. Seriously, GO! Do it right now! My blog will still be here in 2 hours …about the time it will take you to realize the addiction I have just started for you. You’re welcome.

 

How to Turn Wall Calendar Images into Hangable Wall Art

This is the pin that inspired my craft project:

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The basic idea is the same, but having none of the supplies required,
I made up my own version:

Supplies:

  • Mod Podge®
  • Sponge Brush
  • 10″x10″ blank wrapped canvas
  • Calendar Images
  • Scissors

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Step 1. Disassemble your calendar and select the image(s) you want to use.

Unless you have one of those spiral bound calendars, you should find a couple of staples in the middle holding your calendar together. Unfold the staples and take the pages apart carefully to avoid unwanted tears. Using scissors, cut along the folded part of your calendar to separate the image page from the calendar page.

Step 2. Centre your chosen image over the canvas by folding.

To ensure your image is centred correctly, start folding the paper image around your canvas where you think it looks best. If you have words like mine does, make sure they aren’t going to be awkwardly folded around the sides. Leave at least 1/2″ of paper around edge of your canvas, but no more than the thickness of your canvas. We’re going to wrap the image around the edge of the canvas to mimic the look of a wrapped canvas. Trim any excess length around the edges with scissors. Once you have your image trimmed and folded in place, make cuts from each corner of your paper to the corner of your fold. This allows you fold the edges neatly when adhering it to the canvas.

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Step 3. Start applying Mod Podge®

Using a sponge brush, start by applying Mod Podge® to the blank face of the canvas as well as the under side of your image. You have to work somewhat fast, so that both surfaces are still wet when you stick them together.

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Once the face of your calendar image is set into place, you can start applying Mod Podge® to the sides of your canvas. Fold the paper edges of your calendar image around the sides where you have applied the adhesive. This is where it starts to get messy. Don’t worry about being neat and clean. You will be applying more Mod Podge® to the top of your image anyway, so feel free to brush a layer of adhesive on both sides of the paper. Apply enough so your corners fold smoothly around the edges. I recommend working on the top and bottom edges first, so that the overlapping corner pieces are not visible from the sides while it is hanging on your wall.

Step 4. Apply a layer or 2 of Mod Podge® to the top side of your image.

Now that your edges are neatly folded and adhered to the canvas, you can start applying a layer of Mod Podge® to the top of your image. Don’t worry if your image looks bubbled and warped. By applying a top layer, the image will tighten nicely around the canvas as it dries reducing the look of bubbles and wrinkles in the paper. Once the outer layer is dry, you may want to put on another coat.

IMG_0100Step 5. Hang your picture

As soon as your picture is dry, it is ready to hang.
I completed this set of 4 “Pressed Fairies” from an old calendar by Brian Froud to hang in my studio. All the bubbles and wrinkles you could see in the previous picture are gone.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found my instructions easy to follow. Now that I know you are on Pinterest, I invite you to follow me and share this craft project on one of your Pinboards, or simply re-pin it from my Blog Post Board.

Ali

Author: Ali

Alison Spokes was born and raised in Houston, British Columbia and currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia as a self-taught digital fantasy artist and Tarot card reader. Visit her website: www.alisonspokes.ca

One Comment

  1. Jeez, Ali! Thanks for making me want to do something else that I will go out and spend a bunch of money on and then do once and never again because once is more than enough and then have to get rid of all the leftover stuff I bought to do it with in three years because the clutter is just making me nuts… LOL Seriously, though… cool idea. and yours look great.

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