We ART that family: Abide

This is probably the easiest art project we’ve done so far and it’s my favorite! I love the simplicity and significance of it. It hangs in my office:

This is easy DIY art that anyone can create!

Supplies Needed for this Mixed Media Artwork:

  • Canvas of any size (I used 16×20)
  • Magazine words torn into various sized pieces
  • Paintbrush and Modge Podge (Matte)
  • Fabric and scrapbook swatches in various patterns (I used leftover pieces)
  • Printed word (I printed a word on copy paper from my laser printer)
  • Brown watercolor paint (if you want an “aged” look like mine)

First, use the Modge Podge to glue down the scraps of magazine type. This is where kids can really get involved. There isn’t a right or wrong, but the key is in plenty of Modge Podge on the back of each piece of paper. It needs to stick well.

Once the canvas is covered, generously apply Modge Podge to the top of the entire canvas, making sure all corners are glued down. Let this dry.

Next, cut a fabric or paper tree trunk in a fun pattern. I used a mix of fabric and scrapbook paper and applied it with a log of Modge Podge.

Next, my kids helped me cut simply “leaf” shapes out of brightly-colored pieces of fabric and paper, applying each again with Modge Podge and placing around the “tree.” I printed out the word ABIDE and tore the edges and glued it into place.

Once all the pieces were in place, I painted the entire canvas again, I watered down brown watercolor paint and brushed a light coat over the entire canvas to give it an “aged” look. This step is completely optional.

When that dried, I gave the entire canvas a final coat of Modge Podge and let it dry before hanging.


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    This is perfect. My daughter has been asking for some kind of artwork for her bedroom walls and I was thinking of painting on some canvas forms that I saw at Micheal’s. I specifically wanted to do scripture verses and I saw something online that gave me an idea to imitate. This sounds a lot easier. Instead of torn magazines, I will print out scripture verses and she can do most of this herself! She will love it!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Hi! My friend sent me the link to this craft as she had made her own and hung hers in her kitchen. I pondered a lot as to a theme and which of my favorite magazines I wanted to shred. lol I finally did it this afternoon. I omitted the tree part for now but I think I like the collage enough to hang it in my bedroom. Thanks for the inspiration as I am not a very crafty person at all. Have a blessed day! Pamela

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    MisSmi says

    Actually when we’re collecting too many magazines in the house (usually after one year), I’ll go through save any recipes etc 1st then I’ll just cut out words or parts of sentences or cute pictures (but not of other people’s kids) and even in the coupon ads as well any phrases or random thought that’s readable and save them in box with a divider for large and small items. When I’m done I’ll tell my kids to cut out things they like or things that remind them of themselves or family friends etc. Then later when scrapbooking or labeling kids artwork, we pull out our box and do comic like balloons with all the words etc. For pictures we pull a set number out and write a story using what was pulled and glue the pictures in mini books. It’s makes for great mementos and a recycling lesson as well!

    PS Once the kids have gone through the magazines and there’s nothing left, the shredded scraps can be cut into triangles and rolled up into beads with a pencil etc (can also be Mod Podged or shellacced). Zero waste!!!

    When running out of room you can photograph or scan and put up on a photo site for memories!

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