Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: DIY Summer Inspiration Boards

Studio Monday with Nina-Marie

Hello everyone, it’s Nina-Marie here with you today! I don’t know about you, but DIY projects are so much fun to create! By stretching your imagination a bit, you can find new and exciting ways to use your supplies in unique ways.

In this week’s Studio Monday tutorial, I will show you how to take some simple, stretched canvases to make pretty inspiration boards! These colorful decor pieces can be used to pin up photographic memories and inspiring ephemera, or add uplifting quotes for some motivational spark!

With a just about any paint medium, you can decorate these canvases in any color that fits your style. I’ve used Tonic Studios Shimmer Powders, Dina Wakley acrylics and Prima Metallique acrylics. Before working on these canvases, I recommend applying a coating of gesso to either create a good surface for your paints, or to add some texture. Further texturizing effects can be added with the Jane Davenport Mermaid Texture brushes!

You can further enhance your canvases with stenciling too! In the video I’ll share two fun ways to stencil onto the canvases in a way that does not inhibit you from using them as pinboards.

Once you’ve added the colors and textures you love onto your canvases, then comes the next step; embellishing!  There are many ways you can embellish these DIY pinboards; from die cut shapes and glitter, to sequins or perhaps even some sentiments! These are great for using up leftover bits and pieces you may have laying around from previous projects (such as the letters on all of my canvases, which were leftover cutouts from the Simon Says Stamp, Everett’s Solid Letters set and Altenew’s Fine Alphabet die set).

Using a few push-pins, you can easily add, and later interchange, photos you have snapped and want to cherish! The size of these canvases are especially perfect for displaying those pictures from your phone!

Finally, all that’s left is to display your pinboards!

However you end up using these creative canvases, I hope today’s video will inspire you to get a one or two of your own and decorate them in a way that makes you happy!  Remember that the styles and colors I used in this tutorial are things that inspire me. I encourage you to look at the techniques, ideas and tips that I feature in the video as guideance for adding mediums to the canvases. Then translate those ideas into YOUR personal style!

Thanks so much for visiting with me today! I hope you enjoyed!

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SUPPLIES USED

Winsor Newton 5×7 ARTIST CANVAS…
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Winsor Newton 8×8 ARTIST CANVAS DEEP…
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Tonic CATHERINE WHEEL Nuvo Shimmer…
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Tonic ATLANTIS BURST Nuvo Shimmer…
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Tonic SOLAR FLARE Nuvo Shimmer Powder…
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Tonic STORM CLOUD Nuvo Shimmer Powder…
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Tonic VIOLET BROCADE Nuvo Shimmer…
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Tonic CHERRY BOMB Nuvo Shimmer Powder…
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Tonic BLUE BLITZ Nuvo Shimmer Powder…
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Tonic GREEN PARADE Nuvo Shimmer…
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Prima Marketing METALLIC ACCENTS Semi…
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Prima Marketing METALLIQUE FROZEN…
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Prima Marketing METALLIQUE ICE QUEEN…
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Prima Marketing METALLIQUE MIDNIGHT…
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Prima Marketing MODELING PASTE 2 Oz…
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Dina Wakley Ranger WHITE GESSO Media…
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Dina Wakley Ranger CLEAR GESSO 4 OZ…
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Dina Wakley Ranger BLUSHING Media…
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Dina Wakley Ranger LIME Media Heavy…
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Dina Wakley Ranger LEMON Media Heavy…
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Dina Wakley Ranger TURQUOISE Media…
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Jane Davenport MERMAID TEXTURE…
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Simon Says Stamp FLICKERING…
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RESERVE CZ Design Wafer Dies EVERETT…
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Altenew GRAFFITI SCRIBBLE Stencil…
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Simon Says Stencils MARILYN…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps MOM’S…
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Altenew CAPS BOLD ALPHABET Die ALT2024
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Altenew FINE ALPHABET Dies ALT2272
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Memory Box MORNING GARDEN BUTTERFLIES…
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Simon Says Stamp SPRINKLE HEART Wafer…
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Pretty Pink Posh IRIDESCENT MINI STAR…
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Studio Katia SPARKLING STARS Chunky…
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Lawn Fawn SET LF17SETGS GLITTER…
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Tonic WHITE BLIZZARD Nuvo Glitter…
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Ranger GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue…
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  1. These are gorgeous! Love the technique. I haven’t tried anything like this, I will have to venture out and give it a go

  2. These are so cool!! I’m going to make one for our granddaughter for her room with us on it so she can see it since we don’t live close, she’s 6months old now and will be visiting at the end of the month so I can take it to her then to put up in her nursery. What a cool idea. I also want to make a few for around the house. Thanks so much for sharing. I just had surgery and can use some encouragement so I’m going to make some with some quotes for me. How cool!! Thanks so much for sharing this very cool idea!!

  3. Just did Monday and Tuesday.
    Big difference in the styles
    Both are wonderful.
    thanks for sharing
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  4. This is awesome Nina Marie, I would use your inspiration for Pinboards and Art Journal pages aswell. Thank you for this great video I learned a lot and will use the techniques for sure. Love also the Mermaid Texture Brushes, I didn’t know them but they look great and I think that they are very versatile, I have to put them on my wishlist.

  5. I recently bought some canvases (regular and boards) but had not decided what to do with them yet. Your techniques here are perfect and are the inspiration I’ve been waiting for LOL. I can’t wait to get started, thanks for the ideas and instructions :)

  6. Love this kind of project, I am currently working on one for my niece, thanks for the inspiration and tips, gotta get some clear gesso ;)

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