Family Love Canvas

Welcome to the blog today everyone!

I have a special canvas project to share with you. What makes this so special is the thought that I put into it. I’ve added elements that represent things (or people) in my life.  I’ve gathered simple items to put together and placed them into groupings with meaning.  I’ve just recently become an empty nester… so this is my way of holding on, yet letting go.


To get things started, I used the Circles Circles stencil from Stencil Girls with Art Anthology Stucco rough texture paste on an 8″ x 10″ canvas board.  While that was drying, I took a walk out to the backyard and picked up a few twigs, ones that were as straight as I could find.  We have always enjoyed the outdoors and what better way to bring the outdoors in then to put them on a canvas! These represent my husband, our two boys and myself.  I’ve wrapped the bottoms with twine not just for texture, but to represent the ties we have with one another and our family’s history.


I mixed some paint and watered it down to create a wash of color. I allowed it to flow into the valleys of the stucco and dry completely before adding some corrugated cardboard and the “trees”. One of the twigs had a little stem coming out from it which was perfect to hold a token of LOVE!

To finish the canvas off, I added clear buttons that are threaded with twine. These stand for the support and inspiration of other family members that are with us or who have come before us, our roots! Have you ever tried creating this way? A project just for you? I love doing this.


I’ve shot a full process video of all the steps to create this canvas, you can watch it below or on our YouTube Channel

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Thanks for stopping by today, I hope I have given you some inspiration to start your own canvas. Have a fantastic crafty week-end!

  1. Oh I just love this project – I love everything that you make! Thanks so much Shari, this is really lovely and meaningful!!

  2. I love how the twine ties everything together. It’s a great piece, Shari. You should certainly feel proud of the thought and love that went into it as it’s clearly visible. =)

  3. DELIGHTFUL canvas Shari – LOVE the design and LOVE it ALL the MORE for knowing the PRECIOUS story behind it – WOW!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing :)

  4. Once again, your work is stunning. I found a twig on the ground on top of my parents’ grave and brought it home with the intention to use it in some creation. Your canvas will help to be a starting point for mine. Thank you!

    P.S. Did you hang it in your bathroom or living room?

  5. I’m not really sure if you read these comments, Shari, but I most certainly wanted to tell you that I adore your project, its meaning, and every tiny element you’ve used to create your framed ‘family.’ The clear buttons are a fantastic finishing touch … well done.

  6. I love this project. The simplicity is wonderful. When one looks at it more closely, it is full of texture. Thanks. I am going to make one just for me..

  7. I was very touched reading the meaning behind this piece, Shari! As a mom who just sent her firstborn off to college this week I’m feeling the beginnings of those empty nest feelings and it’s not easy. I still have one at home, but it won’t be long before my nest will be completely empty. Your canvas is just beautiful, love the various textures together!

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