Make Your Own Canvas Picture

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I love the look of canvas prints.  They add a sense of elegance to images that I just adore; however, the price tags on them tend to steer me in another direction.  Being the cheap, thrifty, crafty person that I am though, I decided to learn how to create my own canvas pictures.

 

The process is very simple, and creates beautiful images!  Gather your necessities and then meet me back here for the rest of your directions.

This process can be used on any type of picture.  Send your favorite print to Walgreens Photo Department (or the photo center of your choosing) or print it with your home printer.  You can find one in a magazine or book or paint it by hand.  The one used in this example is a process called cyanotype.  I purchased it from MisLissy Photography.  Long story short – find a picture – any picture and then get it in paper form.

 

If the size of your canvas is smaller than the size of your image, you’ll have to cut it to size.  Place your canvas over the part of the image you’d like to have on the canvas and then trace around the edge of your canvas.  This will leave a rectangle that is just a tad bit bigger than the top of your canvas.  Due to this, you’ll want to cut your image just a tad bit smaller than the lines of have drawn.

 

Now comes the fun part!  Dip your paintbrush into the Mod Podge and liberally coat your entire canvas.  Any Mod Podge will work – Matte, Glossy, Semi-Gloss.  You choose based on the way that you want your final image to appear.  You’ll want to take the time to smooth this out, as bumps can lead to air bubbles which will mess up your completed canvas.

 

It’s now time to put your picture onto your canvas.  Lay it down and smooth it out.  Sometimes, you may need to use the edge of your scissors to help get out all of the air bubbles.  Bubbles are not your friend when it comes to these.  Once you’ve got your image flat, you’ll coat it with Mod Podge too.  I start by going around the edges first and then working my way to the middle.  If you smooth out the Mod Podge on top, it will dry almost invisible.  If you do criss-cross strokes it will leave a slightly textured finish – one which I personally think ads to the appeal of the canvas prints.

  • Cut the image a quarter of an inch smaller than your canvas.  Paint the sides and edges of the canvas before putting down your image.  You’ve now created a mat style frame look alike around your image.
  • Take some embroidery floss and stitch through your completed canvas.  Follow the lines or create your own for a mixed media original artistic creation.
  • Get some paint and add color to a black and white image (or even a color one if that’s your preference).  Add color where it should be or create a new image on top.

It’s as simple as 1 – 2 – 3.  Gather your supplies.  Coat the canvas.  Place your image and coat again.  It’s the perfect craft for adults and kids alike.

The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can create.

Let your imagination run free and create some beautiful artwork!

I’d love to see what you create!

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