My Life of Travels and Adventures: A Vinyl Whale + A Tail

A Vinyl Whale + A Tail

16 July 2014

My inspiration for this wall art was this whale picture on pinterest (originally from etsy).  I loved it for Reid’s new room.  It matched the colors that were going in his room and I thought it was pretty cute.  



  1. Paint the entire canvas white.  This step wasn't really needed but I wanted the white strips to be pure white and free of any scuffs that came on the canvas. 
  2. Divide the canvas into 5 strips.  My strips are 4” wide.  Using masking tape, I marked off the white strips.  
  3. Paint the remaining 3 orange strips.  I used orange acrylic paint and did 2 coats.  
  4. Then I sketched out the whale on scrap paper.  Here is where I messed up.  I tried painting the whale onto the canvas using dark blue acrylic paint.  After 3 coats you could really see the difference the strips make and I was getting frustrated.  So I moved on.  
  5. Transfer the whale outline to back of adhesive vinyl.  Remember that how the whale looks on the back of the vinyl will be opposite on the canvas.  So figure out which way you want to whale to be swimming. 
  6. Cut the whale out of the adhesive vinyl adhesive using sharp scissors. 
  7. Adhere the vinyl to the canvas.  
  8. Hang on the wall with command strips.
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  1. Thanks for sharing your heart.

    I have been inspired to share my journey with Huntingtons Disease.

  2. I really like this!! And I love that you ended up using vinyl. It's such a fun material!


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