When making a hollow core door into a canvas, you can cut it in half as I did, or leave the door as is.
The tools you need: needle nose pliers, staple gun, hammer and scissors.
Find any natural fabric (cottons linens,…) that is the texture you would like. Printed fabric is fine to use because you will be painting over it! An old bed sheet would work out great. Which, is what I’ve used here.
Staple the fabric to the back of the door at the bottom center 1/4″ away from the edge. Stretch the fabric taught to the top and staple a staple in the back of the door at the center 1/4″ away from the edge. Finish stapling the back along the entire edge of the top and bottom as you keep the fabric pulled taught.
Staple the left and right sides in the same technique as the top and bottom.
When you get to the corner: make a hospital corner at the edge and staple the folded fabric in the back.
Trim off any excess fabric you have in the back beneath the staple line. Now, it’s time to prime. You can use gesso or any latex paint you have around the house. I used 2-3 coats of latex paint. Make sure your canvas is dry between each coat. Your fabric may want to wrinkle at this stage. You could pull the wet fabric to the edge and add extra staples to the back to smooth out the wrinkle. Or, let it dry and work itself out. In this case, I did happen to get wrinkles. I let it dry and pressed the wrinkles with paper covering the canvas and a warm iron. I think using a thin fabric will wrinkle.
The open canvas is yours to paint away! You don’t have to be a master painter to create something beautiful… my daughter designed this layout on the computer and then painted it onto this fresh canvas! It turned out to be a fantastic creation. Great job Blake (my daughter)!