I have a friend who is so crafty. While driving home one weekend, she found a table on the side of the road. She picked it up, sanded it down, painted it, and put it on her balcony. This summer her parents were remodeling and she came up with gluing three pieces of the old wooden siding and painting a palmetto tree with a crescent moon on it. It’s so stinkin’ cute. After seeing her palmetto tree art I decided I HAD to do something crafty this summer. And of course, what better place to go then Pinterest? When I saw the canvas photo art I knew I found my summer project. To see where I got the idea from, check out the blog here!
This was such an easy project! I did two canvases, and each one only took a couple hours. I spent more time waiting for the mod podge to dry than I did actually working on it. What’s great is that this project was not expensive. All you need is:
- A photograph in the size of your choice (I did an 11×14)
- A canvas that is the same size as your photo
- Scrapbook paper
- Mod podge with a matte finish
- Acrylic paint (in any color)
- Ruler and pen (optional)
- Wax paper (this keeps your canvas from sticking)
To start, I cut strips of the scrapbook paper to go along the edges of the canvas. I would make sure you cut them so they were slightly thinner, and a little shorter than the edges so you don’t have ends poking up (or out). It was at this point I realized I bought scrapbook paper with an 8×10 canvas in mind. So my long sides have two strips of paper on them (my bad). Being a perfectionist, I used the ruler and pen to mark my lines before cutting them out. If you have a large paper cutter, I suggest using that instead. If you do use a pen and ruler, draw your lines on the back of the paper. I did not think that one through and you can see lines on the edges. Luckily they are faint, but when I did canvas number two, I did not make that mistake again!
Once your strips are cut out, apply mod podge with a sponge and glue them to the edges of your canvas. Then apply mod podge to the back of your photograph, and lay it on top. I found it helpful to push down on the photo in the middle with my arms, and gradually work my way to the edges (as a side note, I ordered my prints from Snapfish and they held up great! No smearing and great quality). At this point it should look something like below. I used wax paper to lay it on as it was suggested by the blog I got the project from. This was definitely a wise decision. Newspaper would of stuck to the canvas and ruined it.
At this point I noticed either Snapfish, or the canvas company can’t measure. I had an edge of the photograph hanging over which bothered me. However, by the time I finally got the edges to stay down (due to Snapfish sending them rolled up in a tube), I was too irritated to try trimming it. Wait about 15 to 20 minutes to let the mod podge dry. Once that time is up, apply mod podge all over the photograph, as well as the sides with the scrapbook paper. There really is no right amount of mod podge, but you can see how mine looked below.
I let my canvas sit for about an hour at this point and went grocery shopping. When I came back, I added black paint along the edges where the scrapbook paper didn’t cover. If you don’t use black scrapbook paper, I would advise using an acrylic that is a similar color. On my second canvas I had pink scrapbook paper with black paint, and it looked odd. Now, I’m a sucker for the vignette look, so I also took some black paint and rounded the corners of the photograph. That part is completely optional of course. Once you let that dry, you have a great final project that is ready to be displayed! Like I mentioned earlier, I did two canvases. I think they turned out well – what about you?