August Challenge Intro | Project Inspired by a Photo | DIY Canvas Frame photo Tutorial

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Pretty Paper Studio’s brand new challenge!

This month we decided to turn the tables around and let you pick a photo/image of anything that inspires you and make you want to create something. Yes! It is a photo inspiration challenge but the twist being that it is YOU who decide what the photo is going to be. Interesting, eh?

I, for one, am always on a lookout for inspiration wherever I go or whatever I do. I take tons of photos on my camera and phone each time I find something unique or inspiring. I even save several pins of nature, mood boards, etc on Pinterest.

For this month’s challenge, I went through my saved pins to find this beautiful ethereal display of The Aurora lights, also known as the Northern lights.

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Image Source: Pinterest

I decided to make an acrylic painting this time inspired by the beautiful colors in the image.

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I made the painting on a faux canvas board using a 300 gsm watercolor cardstock and cardboard. To know how I made it, read along.

The cut file used for this project is from the Silhouette Design Store. It is called the 3D 6×8 Hanging Canvas set.

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Trace these paper cut outs on a cardboard to make the faux canvas board sturdier.  I cut the side panels 1/4th inch shorter than the cardstock so I can bend the wings of the panels easily.

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Finally place the watercolor cardstock on top and below the board you’ve made. You may also use a regular cardstock on the bottom part of the canvas board but I chose to go with the same cardstock.

You may or may not decorate the sides with a washi tape like I did here. It also keeps the sides clean when you paint. So, incase you do a sloppy job and end up spilling colors on the sides, you can always peel the washi tape off and put a fresh new layer.

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You needen’t necessarily use a watercolor cardstock but make sure you use a really heavy and a good quality paper so that the paper do not crinkle or form bubbles while using acrylic paint.

I made two of these faux canvas board!

And then.. I went about crazy painting..

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Here is the final look!

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I even found a perfect spot for it in my house.

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Supplies used:

Americana Chartreuse Yellow Acrylic Paint 2oz

Americana Desert Cactus Acrylic Paint 2oz

Americana Teal Mint Acrylic Paint 2oz

Golden Heavy Body Acrylic 2oz – Chromium Oxide Green

Golden Heavy Body Acrylic 2oz – Titanium White

Golden Heavy Body Acrylic 2oz – Ultramarine Violet

Brush Set

Watercolor Paper


To enter this month’s challenge, here are the guidelines:

  1. Create a project – Project Inspired by a Photo.
  2. Upload your entry at our Member Gallery and link us up in this thread in the forum “August 2016 Challenge – Project inspired by a Photo
  3. All entries are due by August 31, 2016.
  4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.


  1. A winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.
  2. All projects submitted for the challenge must be NEW and created AFTER the challenge went live.

I hope you liked my project. If you did ad also have any queries please do let me know in the comments below.

Thank You!


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