I’m…learning. I’m getting better at steadying my hand, editing my ideas, and not rushing to finish whatever art-y endeavor I’ve embarked on. So, I hope you will take this as a preface that I am in no way claiming this was the perfect way to take on my latest little project — and I’ll be curious to see how you’ve turned your running memories into lasting keepsakes too.
I was glancing over at my medal board the other day and noticed the rust building on the bib hooks. That pile of papers is full of sweat, tetanus-laden safety pins and so many memories. I barely got my bib from my last race to fit up onto it.
I’ve heard so many great ideas about how to turn bibs into special things you’ll want to keep forever. I’ve looked into the bags they can create. I’ve seen folks photograph them and have them printed in a slim book.
A lightbulb came on as a Modge Podge canvas project popped up on my Pinterest feed. That’s it! What if I could make my bibs into art to hang around my medal board? Here’s the low down.
- one or more blank canvases (think about how many bibs you have before selecting the size and quantity)
- Modge Podge formulated for paper
- a foam paint brush of a larger size
- a stapler
- all the bibs you wish to commit to canvas
Before you go ahead and permanently secure your bibs down to the canvas, you’ll want to play around with how you’ll arrange them. Will you pile them like a stack of polaroids? Will you set them at an angle? You may even want to make each canvas a different year of your running career with bibs only from that time period.
Also, think about what bibs may be duplicates (that standard Road ID bib over and over doesn’t have much art quality.) Consider color balance. Are there a lot of blue bibs on this one board? Maybe I should swap it for the purple or red bib. Though — I would reccomend holding on to some of those less exciting bibs to fill in any white space on the canvas. Cut the corns and use them to make the look complete.
Finally — think about the ones you don’t want to use for reasons of the heart. I couldn’t bare to put my marathon bibs on here, simply because I know I’ll want to make something even more special will all fifty of them when my journey is done
I edited down my selections and decided to do three canvases at alternating angles.
Step Two: Prep the Canvas
Before you put your bibs down, you’ll want to first cover the canvas in Modge Podge. Put a nice first layer down on the canvas. Then, select a bib that you wanted to place towards the middle of the canvas. Paint some Modge Podge onto the back of it. Push down onto the canvas and smooth out wrinkles. Repeat until your bibs are all places down.
Now, you may have some corners hanging off the edge or blank spaces. This is the time to make use of the more “throw away” bibs and fill in the spots that need it. No need to trim edges of the bibs hanging off just yet.
Let this dry for two hours before doing anything else with your art.
Step Three: Trim and Tuck the Corners
Now that your bibs have dried and secured themselves to the surface, let’s tidy up the edges. You may need to trim them down — but leave enough room so that you can bend them towards the back of the canvas. Once they are on the reverse side, secure with a staple to the frame of the canvas. This will give your canvas a great museum look where the art goes all the way to the edges.
Step Four: Seal and Shellac
It’s time to put on the finishing touch. To seal and shellac your canvas of bibs, paint a layer of Modge Podge directly onto all the surfaces of the canvas — go all over the edges and to the back of the canvas too! Then, allow to dry for 20 minutes. I reccomend completing this step one more time to add extra shine and security.
Voila! An homage to your hard work out on the course!
What’s your favorite way to save your race memories?