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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. with DIY Canvas Art




Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of my personal heroes because he encouraged people to love each other and encouraged peace. As an educator, I use Dr. King as an example when teaching children about the importance of equality and the importance of being kind to all people. To celebrate the life of Dr. King, I created two canvases by using cricut supplies and designs in cricut design space. The first canvas features a famous quote by Dr. King, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” and the second canvas is a silhouette of Dr. King.



What You’ll Need: Cricut Maker 3, Cricut EasyPress Mini, Easy Iron-On (black), Weeder, Applicator, White glue and water, Paint, Tissue Paper






Step 1: Paint the inner part of the canvas leaving a one inch border around on the sides.


Step 2: After the paint is completely dry, apply ripped tissue paper along the border border by using a paintbrush and a glue and water mixture (1:5 ratio of glue to water).

Step 3: While your canvas is drying, use the cricut maker 3 to cut out your designs with black everyday iron-on. Use the applicator to ensure there are no bubbles in your material and use a weeder to remove excess material. Tip: Leave your iron-on material on the mat and tape the mat down. This will make weeding the material much easier.




Step 4: Ensure you are applying enough pressure to the material to ensure it is applied properly. Carefully peel off the top layer of the easy-iron.




For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I would like to remind everyone who is reading this about the legacy that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left behind. I would like to remind everyone who is reading this about the legacy that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left behind. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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