Tuesday, December 12, 2017

How To DIY A Picture On Canvas

Happy Tuesday Foxy Friends! Today I'm sharing with you how to do a cheap and easy DIY picture to canvas. I was trying to find 10 X 10 canvas to buy, but  I couldn't find them anywhere, so I was off to figure out how to add it to canvas. Here is the easiest way to explain it, which I feel like a lot of other tutorials I tried to find didn't go over.

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What You'll Need:

Canvas + 1 extra ( I picked 10 x 10 inches)
Picture (printed from Costco or something like that, you could probably also print at home on a piece of regular paper)
Foam Paint Brushes
Paint (I chose black paint to hide my mistakes)
Mod Podge


Step 1:

Paint the outside edges of the canvas. I picked black paint, but you could choose anything that is going to match where you are putting the canvas.

Make sure to paint a little over the edge, in case you cut the picture too small, which I did, but you can't tell at all.

Step 2:

Cut picture to size.

Tip: If you have a 10 x 10 canvas, cut it about a 1/4 of an inch smaller, as the sides of my canvas were curved, and when I cut it exact, the picture hung over the sides. But check to make sure what yours is. It's always better error on the side of caution and keep cutting smaller until you get to where you want to be.

Tip 2: You can use a ruler and scissors, I just happen to have a quilting mat and cutter.

Step 3:

Pour Mod Podge over the canvas. Some people like to dip their paint brush, but I just say go for it. You can always add more, so error on the side of light.

Tip: It takes more Mod Podge than you think to cover the canvas. 

All covered with Mod Podge, you can choose if you want to cover the sides or not. Remember this dries completely clear.

Step 4:

Place picture on the Mod Podge'd canvas, press firmly and make sure to get rid of any air bubbles, those would be bad. Make sure to really press down on the sides, as those tend to stick up a bit...wait for it to dry, about 15 minutes.

Step 5:

Once dry...now this is the scary part....pour more Mod Podge all over the picture and spread around with your foam paint brush.

Tip: You can't use too much, this will dry clear, so if you accidentally use too much, don't worry about it, spread it evenly and continue on.

Step 6: 

Here is where your DIY is going to make it look legit. Take your extra canvas, and use it to create an imprint in the canvas. You want that texture that canvas has to make it look real.

Tip: I tried to put the canvas directly over the top and press down, but where the wood is on the back, didn't imprint with the canvas texture. I found using the middle worked the best and moving it around. Sometimes I accidentally moved it a bit, so it smeared, don't worry just do it again. It's not dry yet, so just keep working it until the texture looks like you want.

Picture to Canvas

This is what it will look like.

Tip: I suspect that if you have a thicker layer of Mod Podge that you will be more of a texture to stand out, so if you are looking to make it look a lot more textured, do a thicker layer. I also think that you could probably do a thin layer, let it dry and then do it again for another layer to make it a bit thicker if you want. I did not try this...just guessing based off of what I did.

And the finished product!

I couldn't get a good picture of the texture on this picture, but I could with some of the ones. Like these.

The texture is by no means uniform, but I think that makes each of them unique. Of course you can barely see the texture from afar, but I think if you didn't have it, then it would look "off" and not really canvas'y'.

My finished project!

I absolutely love it, and it makes me smile every time I walk into my kitchen and see their cute faces...crying or not.

Of course if you are more of a "I need to see it in action person", here is a video I put together.

Now go out and impress your friends and family with how crafty you are!


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