Thursday, February 12, 2015

Photo Canvas Project

Last week I tried something new for me – taking a photo 
and making it look like a piece of printed canvas wall art.  
I just can’t bring myself to shell out the $ for photo canvases! 

I did this one for a surprise for my brother and sister-in-law.  
 I’d taken a few photos of my niece, Shayla, 
while they were gone on a vacation, 
so the whole thing was a secret. 
Very fun!
 The project was easier than I thought it would be, actually.  
That’s nice for a change! 
The blank artist’s canvases came from a Michael’s craft store 
when they were by-one-get-one-free. 
I get my prints done online from  
This one is a 12x12.  The only other things I used were 
Mod Podge, and some white craft paint for the edges of the picture. 
Oh, and a paintbrush and piece of canvas-like
textured fabric to apply the Mod Podge.
And coffee. 
But that's optional.

I spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on entire back of the photo
 and centered it on the canvas.  
Then I painted with white on the edges of the canvas 
and overlapped the photo a bit to create
 a brushed looking edge.  
 When the paint was dry the whole thing got covered 
with a layer of Mod Podge.  
 Since I wanted it to look like a canvas texture
 and not shiny and smooth, 
I laid a piece of fabric with a canvas texture 
over the wet Mod Podge and then gently lifted it off.  
The texture impression stayed behind.   
Unfortunately my fabric had some lint on it 
that I hadn’t thought about – next time I’ll make sure it’s lint free, 
so I won’t be furiously digging bits of fuzz 
out of the Mod Podge before it dries, 
forever embedded on someone’s nose. 

 And there you go – that’s the finished product. 
 Now I just need to find the time to update some 
of our own family photos to hang on the wall. J

“But let all who take refuge in You be glad; 
let them ever sing for joy. 
Spread Your protection over them, 
that those who love your name may rejoice in You.” 
Psalm 5:11

1 comment:

  1. Wow looks very neat! Will have to try it one of these days!


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