Find Out More with a Faux Metal Independence Canvas

Fourth of July Canvas Panel

by Mark Melnick


We celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July every year. But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence – that day was July 2nd. July 4th is the day all the changes to the Constitution were agreed upon. Enough history—onto craft fun! This project was created using pigment inks on canvas to create a panel that can be proudly displayed on a small easel or hung by its star spangled grommets.

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 45 mintues + drying time



Step 1

Begin by taking a piece of canvas, I chose sticky back canvas for ease of use, and cut to desired size (mine is 8×10). Print wording onto the canvas piece, if desired. Stick canvas onto a piece of medium weight cardboard.


Step 2

Take VersaFine Majestic Blue Ink and ink the bottom 1/3 of the canvas with a sponge dauber. Pigment inks were used specifically because they are fade-resistant. Allow ink to dry. Tape off area for red stripes. Apply Brilliance Rocket Red Ink using a small sponge dauber.


Step 3

Ink chipboard stars with Delicata Silvery Shimmer Ink. When dry, apply Delicata White Shimmer Ink randomly over stars. This creates a beautifully shiny patina.


Step 4

This same process is used for the J, U, L, Y and the ‘4’’. When ink is completely dry, turn over and spray the letters heavily with water. Emboss using an embossing folder of your choice. TIP: Embossing wet chipboard enables pieces to have even more dimension. You may lose some ink in the process, but it will give it that realistic worn metal look.


Step 5

Apply some Delicata White Shimmer Ink to the white and red stripes for some extra sparkle. Adhere all chipboard pieces to the canvas. Finish by placing grommets at either corner of your finished piece. Grommets have larger holes than eyelets making it easier to hang. If you choose to display on an easel, use of eyelets or grommets would merely be personal preference.


  • Sticky back canvas
  • Printer (optional)
  • Medium weight cardboard
  • Chipboard stars, letters J, U, L, Y and 4
  • Diamond plate embossing folder
  • Embossing machine
  • Washi or painter’s tape
  • Adhesive
  • Grommets/Eyelets (optional)







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