Now, just because I have already had so many people ask me how I did it I, thought I would get on today and add a quick post with a few instructions. The canvas is large, because I wanted it to fill my space, but you could make it any size.
I started by layering the background paints (again acrylic- it dries so quick and is easy to layer) and almost smudging the edges with a darker brown, almost dry brush.
My hand writing looked horrible so I printed up the letters in a huge font on my computer, then taped the paper to the back of my canvas- in a sunlit window I could see the letters through the canvas and paint, and so I all had to was trace the edges. Then it was just a matter of filling in the letters with paint. (Sorry, no pics along the way. I wasn't sure how it would turn out and so I didn't think it was worth taking pictures of). I love it now. I have caught the canvas bug.....what can I make next?