Monday, September 26, 2011

DIY Photo Canvas & Sneak Peak!

I wanted to give you all a sneak peak to a top secret project that I have been working on the last couple months. More on that at the end of my post though...haha...cruel isn't it?!
First, I have a super cool DIY to show you! I've been dying to do this project for awhile now, but like all my other 'really want to do crafts' it just wasn't getting done, until now...


Art Canvas (I got mine at the Dollar Store)
Mod Podge
Foam Brushes
Black Acrylic Paint
Cutting Board
Acrylic Paint Sealer

1. Paint all edges of the canvas' in black. Overlap the paint a bit on the front, so once you glue the photo onto it, it will all blend together.

2. The canvases I used were 8x10, but I printed off my photographs at 7.94 inches x 9.93 inches. I printed them off on my home computer on HP Premium Plus Photo Paper, High Gloss. Then use a cutting board to trim off any excess paper.

3. Because I printed off the photos smaller then the canvas, a border was left all the way around, which helped in adhering the photo to the canvas when the Mod Podge was applied. Apply a bit of Mod Podge to the back of your photo and place on canvas. Gently move your photo around until it is centered. Now your ready to apply the Mod Podge on top of your print.

4. Using a foam brush (or a roller), brush on a thin layer of Mod Podge. The foam brush left some streaks (which was fine with me), and roller would probably be a lot smoother.Wait 15 minutes and coat again. I applied a total of 3 coats.

5. Wait 12 hours (I wanted to make sure they were good and dry) and coat with an Acrylic Sealer. This will hep prevent fading and protect your photos!

6. That's it..hang em' up and your done! Now looking at my photo..I realize they are not all that straight...oh well! It gives it character! LOL!

Have a great week!

Oh wanted to know what my top secret project is...
WEEELLLLL....see those pretty photos up there? I will soon be adding those and many more to my Etsy shop! Yep, I will be branching into the world of selling photography prints and sharing it all with you guys! There's still lots to work out, but hopefully by the end of the month it will be all up and running!

The Girl Creative 



Christy said...

They look great! I love home made wall art.

Katie said...

These are awesome! Just out of curiosity, have you tried wrapping the photos all the way around the side? Do you think that it would work?

Anne said...

Fabulous idea! TFS!!!

Meredith Resnick from A Mother Seeking said...

These look great. I LOVE them.

~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

Natasha said...

Lovin these

would love it if you could share this on my link party at

Natasha xx

andie jaye said...

hmmm...i'll have to try this sometime! i dislike frames with glass. the glare always bugs me. thanks for this idea! thanks so much for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday last week! hope to see you again this week!

Adrianne said...

I LOVE how these turned out! But it makes me believe, there is no such thing as an original idea anymore, because I just did a Mod Podge Canvas too - although mine was a shabby/distressed Halloween sign, and I did wrap the corners (so Katie, it does work with printer paper, but I would suspect photo paper would be too think for a snug wrap). Mine was not lovely and vibrant like yours, it was spooky and shabby. :)

Good work, mama!

Adrianne said...

I feel redundant to say this, but your canvas art was so popular at last week's party, so... you're featured today - again - at Freestyle Friday! Hopefully this means good things for your Etsy shop!!

The post will go up in a couple of hours, but I wanted to drop by and thank you for linking up!


Kelsey said...

Can't wait until you sell these photos on Etsy! I'm dying to buy some!!!

melody-mae said...

I stopped to visit from the letter 4 and this is amazing!!! thank you...what a great gift idea.

Trisha @ said...

Oooh, I have to try this! Thanks for sharing!