Saturday, June 23, 2012

DIY Photo Canvas - another Completed Pinterest Project !

I love a photo on canvas.
Actually, I just love a canvas.
And I had been wanting some family photos for Trailerhood II.
It is my second home.
And my home is not a home without photos of my people !
I thought I would try making my own.
Cause... I'm cheap you know.
I guess it's not actually a Pinterest project that I've pinned.
I've looked at  LOTS of pins on how to make these ,
but apparently never pinned one.

However , I did pin this idea , which is basically the same method I used.Pinned Image

Here is what I did :
First I printed out some of my favorite pictures from my computer.
( on card stock )
Some of the posts I've read had them printed at a photo store.
I didn't do this for two reasons ,
#1 - I'm cheap , remember ..
#2 - I wasn't sure if the Modge Podge would ruin good quality photos , so I didn't want to chance it.
Then , I took 4, 8x10 canvas' from Hobby Lobby,
painted the edges, 
( which you wouldn't have to do if you wrap your photos, but mine weren't big enough )
Painted Modge Podge all over the canvas ( liberally ),
placed the photos on top of the Modge Podged canvas .
And smushed and smushed and smushed.

The first two , I painted Modge Podge on top right away ,
but it looked like my color was running so I didn't do that on the last two.
(exactly why I didn't have my photos printed professionally)

You can't really tell from this picture , but Addie was looking really streaky.

On this one she was not.
So ... I just stopped.
I let them dry overnight.
In the morning , the top two were still a little streaky but the colors had not run.
And they had a really great finish.

I decided to give them all another coat of Modge Podge.


This is what I learned from this project:
Patience is key when working with Modge Podge
( not easy for me ...)
Let each coat completely dry before applying the next.

Painting Modge Podge in the same direction is important so you will  not get a "streaky" finish.

Being able to cut straight is a plus...

last but not least ,
You can have great looking photo canvas without spending much money at all !

I will defiantly be making more of these !
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    1. EXCELLENT! I can't wait to see them in person

    2. Well those are just fabulous! Please define "smushed". Seriously, did you smush with your paint brush or what? And are you smushing to get the air bubbles out? I really want to give this a try!! They look so great!

    3. Lovely! I have trouble waiting too. Thanks for sharing with us at our Pinteresting Party. Hope you will come back and share again this week.

    4. This is very impressive! Good on you for making something you have pinned! I've just shared this post on Google+!

      Thanks so much for sharing this post at my Say G'day linky party! This week's linky is now live and I am very excited to invite you to a Social media linky party that I will be hosting on July 14. The details are all at the blog if you would like to join in.

      Best wishes for a wonderful weekend,
      Natasha in Oz

    5. Okay, I need help!!!! I have been trying to do this as well. and I have watched and read every site I can find on google. I have 20lb paper enlarged black and white photos. I also have prestrected canvas. I use the MP, just like I have been told but I am still getting air bubbles all over the photos.they look terrible. Please help! Is my email address.

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