September 13, 2011

DIY Photographs on Canvas

recently saw
this technique on Girl. Inspired. and decided I simply had to make it as a birthday present for Kevin for his office.  I love the distressed look of the pictures on canvas and this technique is really not that difficult at all :)


  • 8x10 Canvas (I picked mine up at Michaels)
  • Tissue paper 
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Scrabook paper
  • Acrylic Paint

{How To}

1. Print your photograph on tissue paper.  

Start off by taking a sheet of tissue paper and trimming it slightly larger than 8.5x11".  Fold the edges of the tissue paper over a sheet of  8.5x11" cardstock and secure with tape.  This will create a sturdy surface which can be fed through your printer.   In your photo editing software print an 8x10 photograph onto the tissue paper.

2. Cut strips of patterned paper from scrapbook paper and adhere them with the Mod Podge to the sides of the canvas.
3. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the front of the canvas.  Remove the tissue paper from the cardstock and gently lay it on the front of the canvas.  Smooth out all the bubbles using a plastic card. 
4.  Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the entire image, including the sides.  Allow to dry.
5. Add a distressed look by filling in the white spaces along the edge with black acrylic paint.

This method of "printing" on canvas was so easy and really quite inexpensive that I am definitely going to be doing this again really soon.  My In-laws have an anniversary coming up and I think this will make the perfect gift for them.

Thanks for stopping by


Julie Overby said...

Absolutely fabulous!!! I loooove how they turned out and I can't wait to try this. Your girls are so gorgeous!

LaJanette said...

This is Oh LA LA Awesome! Love it! I think this is one of those things that I will def be trying.

Diane said...

I ♥ how this turned out!Thanks for the inst. I might just try this Ÿ

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

Oh, these are gorgeous!! Sadly it´s 10pm here, otherwise I would´ve started making one of these pretty canvases the minute I read your post!

Regina aka Mrs. Ham said...

This is a great project, I'll have to give it a try. Your girls are just adorable.

genagirl said...

I printed out your instructions and plan to try this as soon as I can. I'm so excited to try this!!

Margie H said...

Well, first of all - GREAT pictures of the girls, Kazan!

What a wonderful birthday gift for Kevin - I'm sure he loved them.

Thanks for a great idea!!

Holly - Wild Wyoming Art Cafe' said...

This is seriously fabulous. I must try this. Beautiful girls!

Broni said...

These look wonderful, Kazan! Your girls are beautiful! I'll definitely have to try this one.

Luv 2 Create said...

Looks wonderful and sounds easy enough. I am definitely going to try this. Your girls are beautiful and I am sure your hubby is so pround to display them.


I'm going to try this ....sound like a great gift for my daugther apartment.
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Stephanie Kraft said...

Oh my goodness, Kazan! These are wonderful.. and your girls are beautiful!

Lisa Petrella said...

These are just precious! What an awesome gift for your husband!! And your girls are so adorable!!

Scrappin' Abz said...

WOWWWW!!! That is such a great idea. I will have to try this sometime!!

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amandarae said...

This is really a neat idea! I am definitely trying this and hanging them in my apartment. Thank you for the perfect tutorial.