Repurposed Book Page Canvas Hymn Art

Last week, a customer asked me to create a canvas art with book pages and an antique map, and since I had all the supplies out, I decided to add book pages to several other canvases at the same time.  I wanted to do something different than a map on the other ones, and decided to try painting words over the book pages.
Recycled Craft Repurposed Book Page Canvas Wall Art It Is Well With My Soul by Knick of

“It Is Well With My Soul” is one of my favorite hymns, so I selected a font and cut vinyl with my Silhouette.  If you don’t have a Silhouette machine, you could also just use stick-on letters, from the scrapbook section of craft stores.

I paint the edges of my canvas first, then decoupage the book pages in layers onto it.  I use a mixture of glue with a little water to decoupage.  These particular book pages are from the early 1900’s and are brittle, but as long as I’m careful, they work well for projects like this.

It was a little trickier getting the vinyl to adhere completely to the pages over the canvas, so I did get some bleed under the letters, but overall, I don’t think it hurt the look of it.


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  1. I love that hymn too, Angie. It has been a comfort to me through some tough times. This is such a cool project!


  2. You say it so casual…. “i decided to try”… well try you did and it turned out great.

  3. That looks great! Guess what I’m going to do today? Ha! I have a few canvases laying around that needed some attention. We are pretty much snowed in anyway, so it’s perfect timing.

  4. What a wonderful project – it’s beautiful! One of my favorite hymns too.

  5. Lovely verse, lovely work.

  6. So lovely Angie!

  7. Oh my goodness. This is so beautiful. I always love that song….it has a precious meaning….you did great!

  8. I am in love this project! You are just so amazing!

  9. That is one of my favorite hymns too! I love your work with book pages!

  10. Very nice piece!!!!

  11. Wowww what a great piece!

  12. Beautiful project! So much talent …….. what a blessing!

  13. Love this so much. This is one of my fav hymns too, especially when you read about the life of the author of the song. I am however confused about the letters “bleeding”. I read that you cut them out from vinyl, and I assume you glued them to the canvas, overtop of the pages ?? If that is correct, then how did the bleed through occur ? thanks for the clarification. KJE

  14. Angie! This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday. Hope to see you back this week.


  15. If I don’t have pages that are old how do I get that aged look? And I, too, love the song

  16. Would you consider creating one for sale?

  17. Lisa grace says

    Love this! I have several old books from other projects. I am gonna give it a go!

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