Fray-proof canvas (Recommend Roc-lon Multi-Purpose Cloth, sold in large fabric stores)
White interior latex or acrylic paint
Acrylic paints (assorted colors for your design)
Paint pens or permanent markers
Paintbrushes and a small foam roller
Water-based fast-drying polycrylic finish
Cut the cloth to the size and shape desired.
Prime the top of the mat with the white paint and let it dry.
Use the acrylic paints and paint pens or permanent markers to decorate your mat however you like.
Tips: A bristle brush works best for painting small areas, while a small foam roller is effective for large ones. Avoid using a black foam brush -- tiny bits of sponge may get caught in the weave of the canvas. 4.Once your design is thoroughly dry, seal it with 3 or more coats of finish, allowing each coat to dry between applications. Apply 3 coats to the underside of the cloth too, to protect it from moisture.
Allow the mat several days to a week to stiffen before using it.