Canvas is one of the most versatile fabrics available to designers and crafts people. It has a fairly good finish and can be used in just about any purpose. It's also very durable - it has been used as art allergy bag fabric or lining for some leather bags. The fact that it is fairly affordable is a big plus, as well. While it doesn't really create the drama that some other expensive fabrics can bring, the humble canvas can definitely be a statement piece as a choice of fabric.
It's not just in fashion that canvas sees a lot of use. Canvas can also be great in lining outdoor equipment such as tents, canopy umbrellas as well as other heavy duty materials. The fabric can prove to be quite sturdy since it's relatively thicker than most other types of cloth. Artists have been using canvas as a base for these paints and other pigments. Aside from being durable, the fabric can also take in a lot of color and through the years the masters of the arts have taken this to art.
A nice project that you can use with canvas is the canvas print canopy. A canopy can serve as a good alternative for an altar during a wedding ceremony. It can also serve as a cover for guests if you plan to have an outdoor reception. Or, you can have a canopy on your yard or garden, simply as a statement or accent. It can even be functional - a canopy can provide shelter from the rain or snow, when you feel like lounging outdoors in rough weather. To make a canvas print canopy, here are a few tips.
- Conceptualize a design that captures your vision for the project. Think about the landscape and see what type of canopy would best work for the surroundings. Think about the print that you want to put on the canvas itself.
- Then, estimate the amount of fabric that will be used for the canopy. It's always better to get extra rather than have the problem of not having enough fabric to finish the construction of the project.
- Cut the fabric. Each canopy would have umbrella like panels so it would be better if you section them this way. You also have to cut the same size for the lining to be used on the inside of the canopy to hide the seams in the main exposed fabric.
- Next, execute your preferred design on the cut fabric. You may use a stamp to put the marks and prints on the canvas. Canvas is an excellent fabric for this so any textile paint should do. Leave it to dry before washing it.
- Put the canopy together with a sewing machine. Make sure that you make the seams really tight to prevent fraying.
Since the area to be covered is more often than not quite big, you also have the option of having the artwork on the canvas professionally printed with a large-format printer. You would usually have to provide the artwork here. But of course, making your own is more fun than just buying it outright.