Sunday, November 6, 2011

Make Your Own Photo On Canvas - Tutorial

I was INSPIRED by The Sassy Pepper. Two Women, Sassy and Pepper, created some beautiful art using a blank canvas, some photos, paint and Mod Podge. They have a wonderful Tutorial and a few other projects using the same method.

Here's my version. Seeing how we're more of a silly kinda family, we did our own little Silly Photo Shoot Saturday morning. The kids wore whatever they had on that morning, bed-head and all. Here are a few from the photo shoot.

I'm not going to re-invent the wheel here. The Sassy Pepper did a great job with their tutorial. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Paint a border on your canvas                        
  2. Apply Mod Podge to the back of your photo
  3. Place your photo on your canvas
  4. Flip your canvas over, apply pressure while drying
  5. Re-Paint your canvas border to blend your photo into the canvas and allow to dry
  6. Apply  Mod Podge to your photo & canvas. and allow to dry

A few things I did different:

  1. I created a large border around my photo rather than bringing it all the way to the edge of the canvas
  2. I dabbed my final coat of Mod Podge with a dry paper towel to create a textured effect. As you can see in the pic below.
The photo on the left shows the texture.
  • When applying the Mod Podge to the back of the photo you have to apply enough of it FAST enough that it won't dry by the time you go to put it on the canvas, but if you put on too much or your paper is too thin, it will warp your photo.
  • Be very careful with your placement. It dries fast.
  • When you flip your canvas over to apply pressure to the photo. You will want to place a book inside and then some weight on top of that so you don't get any bubbles. Don't forget to put pressure on the WOOD FRAME, as well as the inside, or you will have bubbles along your pictures edge.
  • When dabbing with a paper towel to create your texture, be very careful. If you apply too much pressure or rub in one direction or the other, you can smear the ink off your photo.
Hope this helps! Here are my final photos. We absolutely LOVE them to pieces. I placed them on a small wall between our coat closet and our garage door. It makes me smile every time I walk by them!  Total project cost was less than $15. The canvas was $6 for 2 at Walmart. I already had the paint,  Mod Podge, and photo paper so I figured I used about $3 worth of other supplies I already had. Have fun with yours. I hope you've been INSPIRED just as I was.


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  1. What an awesome project and some really adorable kids! Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday's Best =)

  2. Thanks, Andrea! I think they're kinda cute too.

  3. Those are adorably hilarious! I love the expressions on their faces. Thanks for the post! Great job!

  4. Oh, I love this idea, and think it will be fun to do this with my grandsons when they are here for the Thanksgiving holidays. Your canvas portraits are ever so cute......the children are precious, too!!!

  5. Those are some really cute kids. I don't see any bed-heads? Just cute ones. They honestly look professional! Great job, and thanks so much for sharing you knowledge and tutorial on photo to canvas. Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday's Best!

  6. Krista, Your kids are adorable and it looks like they had a lot of fun. Great project! Thanks for linking to the Open House Party.

  7. Love these pictures...thanks for the tutorial and for linking up at RoCa and Company.


  8. Did you mod podge the front of your photos? I did some and the ink in the photos ran or something. Which mod podge formula did you use?

  9. Yes, Stacie, I used Mod Podge Matte. I didn't have any problems with the ink running, but just one where the ink smeared if I pressed too hard. Maybe the picture needed more time to dry after printing or try a different brand paper. I used HP and Kodak paper and they both worked fine, although the HP paper seemed higher quality. Hope this helps.
    Good Luck


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