Cricut maker Meleah Campbell creates DIY canvas art to celebrate Black History Month.
Black History Month is a special time where we celebrate and recognize black people who have made significant impacts throughout American history. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most famous civil rights leaders and activists in history. He is well known for his approach of peaceful protests and his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of my personal heroes because he encouraged people to love each other and encouraged peace. As an educator, I use Dr. King as an example when teaching children about the importance of equality and the importance of being kind to all people. To celebrate the life of Dr. King, I created two canvases by using Cricut supplies and designs in Cricut Design Space. The first canvas features a famous quote by Dr. King, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” and the second canvas is a silhouette of Dr. King.
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- Cricut Maker 3
- Cricut EasyPress Mini
- Design Space Images
- Everyday Iron-On (black)
- Scraper tool
- White glue and water
- Tissue Paper
Black History Month DIY Canvas Art
Paint the inner part of the canvas leaving a one-inch border around on the sides.
After the paint is completely dry, apply ripped tissue paper along the border by using a paintbrush and a glue and water mixture (1:5 ratio of glue to water).
While your canvas is drying, use the Cricut Maker 3 to cut out your designs with black Everyday Iron-on.
Use the scraper to ensure there are no bubbles in your material and use a weeder to remove excess material. Tip: Leave your iron-on material on the mat and tape the mat down. This will make weeding the material much easier.
Apply your design to the center of your canvas and use the EasyPress Mini to iron-on the designs. Ensure you are applying enough pressure to the material to ensure it is applied properly. Carefully peel off the top layer of the iron-on material when cool. Follow the Cricut Heat Guide for more detailed instructions.
I hope you all enjoyed learning about how to create canvas art to celebrate Black History Month. I would like to remind everyone who is reading this about the legacy that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left behind.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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