Photos as art? Yes, please! I have tried to capture the photo transfer to canvas look for quite some time because I love it so much. Each time I tried, however, I met with complete failure and wasted dollars. I will show you an inexpensive, easy way to achieve your canvas art. What a great gift for Father’s Day or any occasion or make for yourself as an alternative to the traditional picture frame. Let’s get started!
Stretched artist canvas (Mine were chunky 6×6) (like these)
Mod Podge (matte) (like this)
Paint brush or sponge brush
Acrylic paint of your choice for sides (optional, you may choose to leave white)
Photos printed in color or black and white on regular copy paper
Nail file or fine grit sandpaper for distressing edges
1)Start by printing your photos. I chose to have mine printed with a laser printer at a local print shop. The black and white photos were only 15 cents each. Color will run a little more, around 45 cents. They turned out great and their printer did a much better job than mine would.
2)Paint the canvas sides and slightly over the front edge. Dry in between coats, if needed. Mine needed 3 coats of paint. Dry completely.
3)Cut picture to the size of your canvas front, making sure photo is centered. You may use a paper trimmer or lay photo on canvas and press paper over edges to mark. Cut. Round edges, if desired. This will give a softer look to the finished product. Set aside in a handy place for next step.
4)Quickly brush or sponge on a thin, even layer of Mod Podge on canvas front. Repeat on the back side of the photo. It’s helpful to stroke from the center so the edges don’t accidentally get crumpled. Still working quickly, lay picture onto canvas and gently smooth down from the center outward.
5)Let canvas dry about 10 minutes, then gently rub edges with the finer side of a nail file or fine grit sandpaper to achieve a distressed look.
6)An optional step is to carefully apply Mod Podge over the top of finished picture. I did this very sparingly. I don’t like brush strokes so after I brushed the Mod Podge onto the photo, I did some quick dabbing with a strong paper towel before Mod Podge dried. I did this final finish but it is completely up to you. I found the pictures to be fabulous without the finish as well. Done!!
I hope you love this project as much as I do! Happy transferring!