Elmer's Glue on Canvas, then paint the whole thing. I have totally done this, but with a hot glue gun. Elmer's Glue seems to be a better idea since hot glue leaves behind strings and is harder to work with.
basket weaving with newspaper.looks like fun, except I have more boxes of basket weaving supplies than old newspapers! Wouldn't make sense to buy the Sunday NY Times just to make a basket,,,or would it?