Photos on canvas seem to be the rage in home decor lately. You can’t miss the Groupons, Eversaves, or other group buy deals on your photos being turned into canvas. In fact, I have the Eversave Canvas Zoo buy to use-probably should get on that. I’ve often wanted to have photos put onto canvas, but I can’t get past the price! It seem so expensive…..until I figured out how to do it myself :).
I “pinned” some tutorials on how to put photos onto canvas, and after taking advice from a lot of them, gave it a go. I’m so pleased with the results. It wasn’t that hard or expensive.
While taking pictures for our LOVE picture frame, I also took a few shots of the three monkeys together, and I love the one of them holding hands and walking down the path. I had it made into an 11×14 via Shutterfly, black and white, with a matte finish. I chose this size, because I had 11×14 canvases, and I didn’t want to trim the photo and risk messing it up.
*Mod Podge, Matte Finish
*11×14 photo, matte finish
*11×14 wrapped artist canvas (you can get a pack of four at Michael’s for a reasonable price)
*Sponge brush and/or paint brush
*Plate (to put your paint/mod podge on), newspaper (to cover your work surface), wax paper
*Black Acrylic paint
*Print your photo with a matte finish in the size you want. I decided on 11×14. I wanted it big, but not too big in case I really messed it up :).
*Paint the edges of your canvas with the acrylic paint. I chose black, because I had my photo printed black and white. Then, paint a few inches onto the canvas at the edges. Even though you’re going to put your photo on it, you’ll want to make sure there isn’t any white.
*Let your paint dry. Mine was dry in about 15 minutes.
*Using your sponge brush, lightly coat your whole canvas and the back of your photo with ModPodge.
*Lining up the edges, place your photo on the canvas. Using wax paper, smooth the photo and make sure the edges are starting to adhere to the canvas.
*Lay a sheet of wax paper, slightly larger than your canvas, on the workspace. With a generous amount of ModPodge, coat the surface of your photo. It will look “milky”, but that will go away while it dries.
*After you have coated the surface of your photo, lay it face down on the wax paper. Now, turn it over. The wax paper should be the top layer of your project right now. Using a playing card, or a plastic Pampered Chef food scraper, gently smooth out the bubbles.
*Lay your project face down. It should be wax paper, photo, canvas, and place a heavy book on it.
*Let it dry like this for a few hours. I just kept checking mine, and peeling back a little of the wax paper. When it’s dry, the wax paper will peel right off.
*Since I didn’t smooth out my bubbles-lesson learned-mine has a bit of a texture to it. However, on a black and white photo it looks kind of cool.
Will you be trying this? I hope so! I’ve also seen where you can directly transfer the image to canvas. Have you tried that? Perhaps this will make your “homemade Christmas gift” list.