Getting Creative for the 4th of July with Ken Oliver

The Fourth of July marks the beginning of summer for some and the middle for others, no matter where it falls in your summer calendar we hope you get a chance to exercise your creative freedom this holiday weekend.  We are thankful that we have the freedom to create, even when we may not have the freedom to do all the things we want to do or the time to get all of them done.  While 4th of July is indeed a USA holiday, it can be a great reminder to those around the world to be thankful for the freedom we have and fight for the freedom we want.

We wanted to share a little something our friend Ken Oliver created with products from Canvas Corp and featuring his Color Burst.  Ken was recently at the Canvas Corp Brands offices (a day with Ken Oliver story soon to come) and the red, white and blues all around struck a creative nerve in Ken and a new way to showcase Color Burst.  Ken gathered up flowers, clothespins, pennants, papers, water-media papers, cords and more and here is what he created….  


This great patriotic banner that looks right at home on this painted vintage frame.  If you have old frames around they look terrific when painted the same color and displayed together or choose a color palette and create a great color combination.  Oversizes frames look great on the wall, on a mantel and even hanging on the front door.  They act like a wreath and showcase what you add to them and frame them nicely.  The white painted brick wall behind is the perfect resting place and could the star be any more terrific.  

canvas corp 4th July

What you will need:

Tools:  scissors; glue; paint brush



Ken started by making his own red and white stripe banner pieces with Crimson Color Burst.  No two stripes are the same giving these awesome banners a great hand-painted look.  These would also be perfect for a Christmas Banner too.  


A simple cut of denim you can create the cutest hangers to add your pennants to ribbon, jute or cording.  

IMG_6917Layer different papers together to give each banner a great patriotic looks with stars and stripes, but there are no rules, just choose the papers you love the best. 


Once the pennants are complete and dry you are ready to embellish them with flowers, buttons, ties of ticking, mini canvas flags, etc. and clip the all the the jute cord.  


The frame is a terrific base to show off you banner, but you can also hang it from a table, mantel or lights to show your patriotic decor off well.

Ken shows us how simple it is to use basic craft supplies and tools to make holiday and everyday home decor you will love.  You can use the same techniques for any holiday with just a few color changes and wow you are ready to go with the same frame as your backdrop.

To see more of Ken’s work visit his blog – Ken’s World in Progress.  You can also follow him on Instagram – Ken Oliver Crafts and on Facebook – Ken Oliver Crafts.

We are excited to manufacture the Water-Media Papers for the Ken Oliver Line and work hand in hand with Ken to develop these surfaces that are terrific for Color Burst, but also work amazing with any water media.  Stay tuned for an upcoming post that showcases a day with Ken as we work together on new products for 2017.  We love that we have the creative freedom to design and make new things and appreciate your support in allowing all of us to do what we love.

Happy 4th of July and Happy Creating!!!!


Canvas Corp Brands is the home of Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and Canvas Corp (Canvas Home Basics). We are a manufacturer of surfaces, paint and vintage reproductions coming to you from Springdale, Arkansas.

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