Quick Craft: Canvas Ampersand Artwork


Do you love the “Ampersand” symbol as much as I do? You are not the only one, but there has been an “Ampersand” “following “for quite a while. (I’ll come back to this a little later.) Ampersand crafts have been around for awhile and since the Ampersand is such a classic symbol, I though it would be very stimulating to do a small series of crafts focusing on this symbol. You can read more about the Ampersand history and why it is called an ampersand on Wikipedia or you can view a short video by an editor at Merriam-Webster dot com.

Please take a look at a series of photos that depict how I put together my “Ampersand” artwork.

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I started with a 8×10 canvas already “color blocked” with brown burlap. I used this canvas for a previous project named “Give Thanks Board”.


kraft&mint "The Ampersand Series" Tutorial

Here is a detail of how I glued the brown burlap behind the  bottom of my canvas.


kraft&mint “The Ampersand Series” Tutorial

Spring is here, and I’d like to add more color to my home, hence I used a fuscha burlap to cover the previous brown burlap.


kraft&mint "The Ampersand Series" Tutorial

This time I didn’t use glue, but used masking tape to secure the burlap. (I’d like to be able to use this canvas during the Fall ;)


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Wax cotton cord was a great way to create a pattern on top of the fuchsia burlap.


kraft&mint "The Ampersand Series" Tutorial

You can experiment how to wrap around the cotton cord.


kraft&mint "The Ampersand Series" Tutorial

These lovely thumbtacks came in one of my Olive box sets. They are called “Fabric Thumbtacks, Prairie Flora”  and comes with 25 tacks.



kraft&mint "The Ampersand Series" Tutorial

To the right I have a picture of an ampersand and this helped to shape the ampersand on the canvas with floral thumbtacks.


kraft&mint "The Ampersand Series" Tutorial

Voila! I’m displaying my artwork in my  bedroom and is brightening up the decor. Thank you for reading and visiting my blog. This is the first post for “The Ampersand Series” and I will be designing a different craft with an ampersand ;) If you would like to receive the next post on this series, please follow my blog by clicking the “Follow Blog” button on the right hand column. Thank you!

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  1. girlofallworkatplay
    2014/04/23 / 7:54 pm

    What a fun project! Thanks so much for mentioning our thumbtacks :)

    • 2014/04/24 / 8:49 am

      My pleasure! Your products are gorgeous! I’m a craft supplies semi-addict ;)

  2. 2014/04/24 / 11:51 am

    Oh my word…your blog is so lovely, Ursula! I’m following you on Facebook and Pinterest. I am SO thrilled you stopped by my blog earlier today. I love this amperstand craft!

    • 2014/04/24 / 7:19 pm

      Hello! Thank YOU for the lovely compliments :) I’m following you back on Facebook and heading to pinterest ;)

  3. 2014/05/01 / 2:36 pm

    Found this from a link party, it is so cute! Headed to your pinterest!!

    • 2014/05/01 / 3:03 pm

      Thank you Kristie! I’ve loved ampersands for a quite a while ;)

  4. JaneEllen
    2014/05/01 / 5:17 pm

    Found this also from a link party, so glad I did. I seem to be hitting it lucky today finding new ideas for art that are easy, inexpensive, quick and pretty on top of it. I love ampersands, Have a paper mache one I painted, maybe I can use it in with your series. I’ve subscribed so I don’t miss any more of your posts. This is unusual but so pretty, love the fuschia burlap. Will find some kind of string or cord to wrap around the burlap or fabric I use. Awesome. Happy days

    • 2014/05/01 / 6:36 pm

      Hello JaneEllen! So happy to meet you! Aren’t ampersands so intriguing and pretty? Thank you for subscribing to kraft&imint. More ampersands crafts coming your way ;) all the best, ursula

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