Tuesday, September 25, 2012

DIY How To Make Photo on Canvas look like Photo on Wood

I love to give gifts. I love the feeling I get when I see my recipient very happy with what I gave him/her. I might also be vain that way.

So one of my best friends' birthday is coming up and I thought I'd give her something extra special because she'll be turning the big 3-0. (It really is a big deal somehow). I decided to make her the Pinterest famous pin Photo on Canvas.

I've seen a lot of versions of this and I tell you I can't, until now, get over them. I mean, they are uh-mayyy-zing-lyyy easy to do. They even have this version on wood where you'll use real wood and transfer the photo there using gel medium. All the results turn out lovely and I got intrigued.

In respect to the person who gave me this idea, I would like to hyperlink her blog here to show you how it tempted me to try it coz it looked so very easy to do. I tweaked it a little to make the whole thing look like photo printed on wood, old and rustic.

Here's what I used:
Canvas (I used an 8x 10)
Photo printed on paper (regular printer/bond paper)
Mod Podge
Acrylic Paint
Sand Paper (not in picture)
Paint brushes

Here we go.

The acrylic paint color I used is in the brown side to really give the canvas a wood effect.

I trimmed the edges of my picture and if you'll notice, the picture is significantly smaller than the canvas.

Mod Podge the canvas to have the picture adhere to it. Make sure to smoothen out the photo to the canvas to rid of bubbles. This is important, the picture needs to be laying flat on the canvas as much as possible.
Next, top a layer of Mod Podge on the photo to seal it. 
Then I mixed a pea-size amount of paint with a lot of Mod Podge. If you want your canvas a bit darker, use a lot more of paint. The size I'm referring to is in the pic below:

Mix mix.

Then paint along the whites of the canvas. I also painted a bit at the edges of the picture to give it like a "cohesive" feel to it.

Tadaaaa! We're getting there. I got the color I wanted but it didn't look rustic to me so...

I sanded the edges. I didn't wait for the Mod Podge to get dry, I went in there while the paper was still damp so it was easier for me to wound it up.

 There, much better...
 After the sanding, I went back in with my Mod Podge + Paint mixture. Covered and sealed the ones I sanded.

Then I'm done! Very happy with the results! The whole thing looked authentic and old and rustic. Just the way I like it. I'm actually giving her a set of 3. 

I can't wait to see her reaction when she sees this!

How about you, what gifts do you like to give?

Thank you for dropping by! Keep safe everyone!

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