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Canvas Photo

My daughter moved out this weekend.  She’s headed to college for her third year as an Arts Communications Major/Emphasis in Photography.  SO she wanted to display her art in her dorm.  We love to go up American Fork canyon and take pictures and enjoy nature.  So we headed up there for some inspiration.  It. Was. Beautiful.  Here are two of the originals from her shoot.

Check out her blog:
Yes, I’m a proud mama.
After changing the photos to black and white I printed them off at Costco.  Then  I went to my local copy center and made a photocopy using the photo setting on regular copy paper.  If you use photo paper it WON’T WORK.  Have to use copy paper.   Then I gathered my supplies. Any size canvas (cheap will do).  We chose the 12×16″ size.  We are doing 4 prints.
Here’s the supplies you will need: Photo, Canvas, Medium Gel by Liquitex, Brush, and a spray bottle filled with water.
Just trim your photocopy to fit the canvas.
This stuff is great.  It’s a bit more expensive than ModPodge but after reading about several techniques on how to accomplish this project I went with the good stuff.  Almost all others said ModPodge would not work and I didn’t want to take the risk.  Just use your 40% off coupon at hobby lobby and it’s affordable.
First put a thick layer of the gel medium all over the canvas.
Flip your photo/copy on to the canvas and smooth out.  Remember that your photo will be reversed so if you have words on the print you will need to photoshop it and flip the image so the words come out right.  Otherwise, just go with it.  Image will be reversed from the original photo, but awesome. No need to work the bubbles out that much.  It’s supposed to look kinda rustic…at least that is what Leanna wanted.
After drying (4 hours or overnight) spray the canvas with water.
This loosens up the paper you are about to rub off.  You can already see the photo!  Exciting.
I started using circular motions and the paper came right up.
However, there are a few layers I needed to work through.  BE PATIENT (not one of my traits) and take your time.  If you rub to hard it will break the surface of the photo and show the canvas.  When it started to get dry I just sprayed some more water on and it worked beautifully.
Here is the waterfall photo to show you the contrast of the paper that still needed to come off (top) and the bottom shows the completed one.
AAAANNNNNDDDD it’s done.  This was my first attempt.  I broke through the canvas a little but it added a vintage or rustic flare so I kept it (which is the impatient side of me showing through).
Then the last step is to go over the top with the gel medium to seal, dry and your are done.
Here they are!  All dry and ready to hang.  Two more to do.  I’m so glad this worked!  The possibilities are endless.  Christmas presents for sure for my family.  I think I’ll have her sign mine. 🙂

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    john wright
    August 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    This is heart taken art:)


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    Shakshi S
    August 17, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Canvas photo printing turns your favourite phone into an instant work of art with it. It elevates your photographs with uncommon style.

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    Steve Allen
    May 29, 2014 at 8:11 am

    It was really a great idea, surely many person follow your instruction for making such kind of beautiful photo canvas by own hands, i was looking for a DIY canvas making idea and come across this post, i enjoyed it, thanks for sharing.


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