Andy Warhol soup label canvas wall art

Andy Warhol soup label canvas wall art

So I was in Target not very long ago and notice the special edition, Andy Warhol inspired Campbell’s soup labels. I squealed in delight. I love color, and I like modern art in general (including Andy Warhol) so these were particularly thrilling. I’m happy to have Vanessa of Punkin Patterns guesting to show you how to make canvas wall art from these wonderful labels. Here’s how she did it.

Thanks Amy for having me here at Mod Podge Rocks! I’m Vanessa of Punkin Patterns, and I’m excited to share with you today a fun art project. You can check out some of my other Mod Podge projects over on my blog.

I’m a big fan of art – all kinds, all periods. I’ve wanted to do an homage to Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans for a while. I had thrown around many ideas in my head, but hadn’t really done much yet. Well, for the 50th anniversary of the artwork, Campbell’s Soup came out with some colorful labels.

I started with an 8″ x 8″ canvas and painted it a metallic can color (I used Martha Stewart’s Metallic Acrylic Craft paint in Sterling). The 8″ x 8″ canvas is large enough to hold six labels easily.

Carefully remove the label at the back of the can with a craft knife. (If you’re not using the can of soup right away, grab a sharpie and write what it is on the can.) Carefully trim the labels to the size you’ll need to fit on your canvas.

Once you have your labels trimmed, layer a small amount of Mod Podge on your painted canvas and start placing the labels. Once they’ve all been placed, smooth it out using a brayer or bone folder, add then add another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top.

Once it’s dry, we’re going to age it with a bit of transparent iron oxide acrylic paint. Mix some water with a bit of the paint and using a paper towel, apply it to the surface of the canvas in a circular motion. A little goes a long way, and you can age it to your liking.

Once this is dry, add a few more coats of Mod Podge, allowing it to dry completely between coats. And enjoy your modern art!

Don’t forget to visit Vanessa at her blog, on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!


    • Anonymous says

      Call Target before you go! I live on the Gulf Coast (MS) and our store no longer carries them. However I only live about 45 mins away from Mobile, AL and I called them (Super Target). They still had the cans and they were able to hold them for me (24 hour hold). I ran over there and was only given 3 cans. I was lucky enought that I was able to find the 4th cans deep on the bottom shelf (I looked like a fool with all those cans around me). There are only 4 cans, I thought there were 6 so I am out 2 cans. Don’t try to call Campbell’s either, tried it and the guy said that they were limited edition only for Target and I asked about just buying the labels and he said that they couldn’t do that. He told me to go onto Amazon, yeah right! Target has the cans on sale for $.75! Good Deal for all the trouble getting the cans!

  1. Jeremy says

    I only wish mod-podge did not come with the inevitable air bubbles. I like a nice smooth finish.

    • Amy says

      Hi Jeremy! I don’t ever get bubbles in my Mod Podge finish. Are you using a foam brush? Dipping in water before Podging?