Paint a Distressed Hanging Glue Resist Canvas with the HomeRight Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Materials Needed: 
  • HomeRight Super Finish Max
  • Painter’s tarp or heavy cotton duck fabric
  • White school glue
  • Acrylic Craft Paint in medium gray, dark forest green, navy blue, and white
  • 2 -1 x 2 inch wood slats cut to 36” inches in length
  • Hot glue gun
  • Rope or twine

Project Steps


Art doesn’t have to be painted with just brushes. I recently used my Super Finish Max paint sprayer to create a hanging canvas with school glue , an old painter’s tarp, and resist painting. Resist painting is the technique of using some kind of medium to define a negative or white space and reveal what’s underneath the paint. Wax is a common material to use in resist painting, but I love using glue as a resist because it’s so inexpensive, easy, and non-toxic.

When I’ve played with glue resist in the past, I’ve always used a brush to apply the paint over the top. With a brush, it’s hard to get an even coat on the canvas, depending on how the fabric grabs the paint. Using the Super Finish Max paint sprayer, it was fast and easy to get a solid coat of paint, and it was even faster to do a larger canvas. While you can make any pattern you can imagine, I was inspired to do a mountain-type design because of the flowing lines.

Step 1

Cut the painter’s tarp, (or cotton duck fabric) to size. I decided to make my hanging art 22 x 34 as a finished project, so I measured and cut my canvas to 24 x 36., so I had room to hem the raw edges.

Step 2

With a pencil, trace a design on your fabric.                                                                                                                                        

Step 3

Use the tip of the white school glue to draw over your pattern. Anywhere the glue is, is where it will “resist” the paint, and the fabric underneath will show through our final piece of artwork.  

Step 4

Continue to apply glue over the entire pattern. It’s ok if it starts to dry. It’s important to finish all of the resist before painting. 

Step 5

Once all of the resist is on, lay your piece flat to paint.  I painted mine outside in the HomeRight Medium Spray shelter.

Step 6

Read the full instructions before using the Super Finish Max. Adjust your spray pattern on your Super Finish Max so that it’s a smaller spray pattern, and sprays side to side. This will give you more control when applying the paint. 

Step 7

Start by spraying slightly off to the side of your project , and then moving over the canvas, spraying right over the glue. Spray all of one color first, then clean the sprayer and switch to a new color. 

Step 8

Spray on each color and let dry, laying flat.                                                                                                                             

Step 9

Once completely dry, let the canvas soak in a bucket of water until all of the glue is rehydrated, and starts to peel off.

Step 10

Use a sponge with a scrubber on it to remove the remainder of the glue, and then rinse the canvas.                                            

Step 11

Lay the canvas flat, and let dry. Once dry, Use the hot glue to glue the slats to the top and bottom of the hanging. Use a steamer if there is any remaining wrinking in the fabric.

Step 12

Cut the rope to the desired hanging length, and hot glue each end to the back of the slats.                                                     

Step 13

Once the hot glue is set, your art canvas is ready to hang!

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