Have you seen the newest DIY project for displaying family photos or signs and graphics like subway art and quotes?
I'm in the process of setting up a store that will feature such things, but I ought not get ahead of myself….
When my daughter showed me how to create these canvases I was amazed at how easy it was. I probably shouldn't share this. The mystery of such a nice piece of art is what sells it. I suppose there will be some of you out there that just don't want to do it yourself, so I will offer to sell them in the future once I get a good selection.
Here are a couple of canvases I have in my home. These are not on the stretched canvas, but on a flat canvas panel.
For this project you will need an 8×10 photograph or poster. For this tutorial, I used a poster of the Second Amendment that I designed in Photoshop. I had it printed as a JPG at Sams Photo Club.
Here is a list of what you will need – I have linked each item to a page on Amazon so you can see a picture of a similar item to what I used. You should be able to find each of these items at Walmart, Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I've used a couple of different brands of some of these items, so don't feel you have to stick to one particular brand. I do recommend using the brand Mod Podge since I really like the quality. All over Pinterest are recipes to make your own, but I'm just a bit afraid to attempt that.
- 8×10 Photo
- 8 x 10 inch Pre-Stretched Canvas
- Mod Podge, Matte Finish
- Foam brush
- Stipple Brush
- Acrylic Paint
I created the poster art in Photoshop and then used Mod Podge to affix it to the canvas. I gave one of these canvases to our CCL (Concealed Carry License) instructor as a thank you gift. He in turn ordered two for fellow ACNOW members. This piece has generated quite a lot of interest – considering the times it's not much of a surprise. But that's not the subject of this post, so let's move on.
Here is a tutorial so you in turn can create your own DIY canvases for your home.
- Get your poster printed as an 8×10 Photo – matte works best
- Trim the edges of your picture so it's just a tad smaller than your canvas.
- Lay it on the canvas to make sure it's the right size.
- Paint a fairly liberal layer of Mod Podge on your canvas.
- Evenly distribute the Mod Podge so there are no puddles or dry spots.
Place your picture on the canvas and smooth it with your hands.
- Then flip it over and smooth it out as it's laid flat on the table to make sure all air bubble are worked out.
- Let it dry for an hour or two. If in a hurry, use a hair dryer to dry it quicker.
- Paint a coat of Mod Podge on top of the picture. Let dry completely.
- Paint another coat of the Mod Podge on the picture. Let dry completely. It will dry clear.
- Paint the edge of your canvas so the sides are a color complimenting your picture.
- Use your stipple brush to dab the same color of paint onto the edge of the picture to give it an artsy look.