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My kids love painting on canvases and I love displaying their artwork. I have an entire hallway dedicated to their art gallery.
I recently came across cute little canvases with a magnetic backing. These tiny canvases are perfect for creating a miniature art gallery!
Why a Miniature Art Gallery?
There are a few reasons you might want to create a miniature art gallery.
Perfect for small spaces
I am fortunate to have two walls dedicated to my children’s artwork, but not everyone has that much free wall space. A miniature magnetic art gallery allows you to create a gallery on small spaces such as refrigerators, freezers, and filing cabinets.
No holes in the wall
Traditional canvas art galleries require nails to support the frame. This can be a problem if you are renting. We rented a house for a few months when we first moved to WA. Our lease forbid us from hanging any artwork and I really missed being surrounded by my children’s beautiful paintings. I wish I had known about miniature magnetic art galleries then!
Miniature Canvases are cheap
Full size canvases can be bought fairly inexpensively when they are on sale, but I have never seen them as cheap as these miniature canvases. I bought the miniature magnetic canvases for less than $2 each – no sale required!
Great homemade gifts
We stumbled across these little canvases right before Father’s Day and I knew they would be perfect for my husband. He can decorate his office with Hannah and Ben’s artwork without it overpowering the space. These magnets are also small enough to pack in carry-on luggage or slip into an envelope so they are perfect for sending to far away friends and family.
How to Create a Miniature Art Gallery
These magnets are covered with canvas so the process of painting is the same as painting a traditional large canvas.
You will need:
- Acrylic paint
- Miniature magnetic canvases
- Thin paintbrushes
- Newspaper to protect the table
- Paint apron (acrylic paint does not wash out of clothing)
Once you have your workspace set up, now comes the fun part.
Designing the magnets! The miniature canvases are pretty tiny, so keep the size in mind while planning your design.
Once you have painted on the design, set the miniature canvases aside to dry. I put all wet artwork into my garden window to dry. This lets them get lots of sunlight to speed up the drying process while keeping them out of the way.
After the canvases are dry you can arrange them into a miniature art gallery by grouping the paintings in a way that is pleasing to your eye.
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