Thanks to everyone who voted for the February Thanks Pinterest & U project – Canvas Crafts was the big winner and I’m very happy with the results. I will be creating more of these for gifts & decorating. I’m still working on hanging them and will post an update when I’ve found there permanent home.
There are some really fun ideas on my Canvas Crafts Board, eventually I hope to try a couple more of these ideas, especially the creative techniques to display the pictures. The following two pins are the best that describe the method I used.
Source: deliacreates.blogspot.com via Morgan on Pinterest
Source: abeautifulmess.typepad.com via Morgan on Pinterest
- Easy & Inexpensive. All you need is a canvas, gel medium, paint brush, cloth and laser printed picture on normal paper. All of the supplies are available at art/craft stores, I got mine at Aaron Brothers Art & Framing. You can print the image on your home printer (if it is laser – not ink jet), or at a print store, I did mine at FedEx Kinkos
- Only took 20 min total (over 3 days). For the best results you need to let it dry overnight before removing the paper and again when you do the final gel medium coat to seal the picture. I also took 2 days to rub the paper off (about 5 –6 times in total). Works for both black & white and color. I tested out a couple of different versions – I have a larger canvas as well which I want to do eventually but wanted to practice first.
- Multiple techniques for photo transfer. There are a bunch of techniques to transfer your photo to a canvas. I chose this method because it seemed to be the way to maintain the canvas texture. Here are a couple of other methods
- Mod Podge a photo to the canvas (I think this would work nicely on wood vs. canvas – it’s cheaper!)
- Print on tissue paper
- Print on transparency (very similar to the technique I used)
- Don’t need to spray the photo with water. Learned this by mistake – I forgot to do it on my first attempt but it still worked really well. To rub the paper off I used a wet J cloth & my fingers.
- Picture is reversed. This is only an issue if the picture includes words or a logos OR if it’s a location with noticeable landmarks. I learned this with the canvas of my grandparents farm – can you spot the issues?
- Thank you Delia for your great blog with step by step instructions
- Thanks @elsiecake for your A Beautiful Mess blog; check her out on Pinterest
- As always, Thank you Pinterest for all the inspiring ideas. Not on Pinterest? Send me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you an invite (if you sign up for an invite on the site it will take a while).