I went to Michael's and looked at foamcore board, planning on using that and just adding some string on the back to hang the finished project. However, a full sheet of foamcore board was $5.99 and I could not bring myself to pay that much. After wandering around I found myself in their fine arts section and looked at prestretched canvases. They had two packs for $9.99 and I figured that was a little better-at least it would be professional looking for the price. Then I looked down. And saw a little sign that said "Buy One, Get One Free." SOLD. I got four two packs for this project.
I started with the Spin Paintings because although I love them, they were made by Gracie & friends, not just Gracie. If my idea flopped I wouldn't be as upset as I would be if I ruined her very first fingerpaintings. I cut them out, mounted them on black cardstock, and glued them to one of the canvases that I had painted a bright blue. I painted on two layers of Elmer's glue to seal the paper so the varnish wouldn't get to it (although, it did in a couple places, but still looks good).
When the glue was dry, I nervously mixed the EnviroTex. The stuff isn't cheap and I was afraid I would screw it up and waste all that time and money. The directions recommended that I mix a little more than needed (yeah, you'd like that, wouldn't you?). I thought I had mixed extra-and it's a good thing because it ended up being the exact amount I needed! I put plastic and wax paper under the project and elevated it on coffee cups (we don't drink coffee anyway). After pouring the mixture on, I used a spatula to spread it around on the canvas, and over the edges. I had to stay and continuously scrape the edges until it was thick enough not to drip.
These are two pictures of the finished project. It's hard to get a good enough picture to truly capture how cool they are. Although you can see the glare of varnish, I can't show how thick and bright it all looks in person.