Photo to Canvas

Yesterday I showed you the start of my Canvas Gallery Wall.  Today I will show you how I made those canvases.  There are a million tutorials online and especially on Pinterest for how to transfer an image to a canvas.  I kind of read them all and then just did what works for me.

I started with canvases that I got on clearance at my local craft store.  I just buy them up when they are on sale and stash them away.

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As you read through this keep in mind that my theme is Black & White, so you could use other colors as you choose. 

I have my pictures printed on high quality photo paper (usually from Snapfish.com, or Sam’s Club) in black and white and in the sizes to match my canvases.  I trim off a quarter of an inch from each side of the image to ensure that it won’t go over the edges of my canvas.
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I then will go spray paint the edges of my canvases black.  Why?  Mostly because I just like the way it looks with the black and white photos.  I suppose you could leave it white, or paint it any color you choose.
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Once the spray paint is completely dry, I cover the canvas with Modge Podge.  Make sure to cover the canvas.  If you leave any dry places, you will end up with bubbles in your picture.
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  Quickly lay your image down while the Modge Podge is still wet.  I rub my finger around the edge to make sure the edges and corners stick well.  Then you cover the entire image with Modge Podge again.  I use a foam brush because I like the final look, but you could use a bristle brush if you would like the look of subtle brush strokes over your image.  I also use a matte Modge Podge because I don’t want there to be a shine on my image once it dries.  I am trying my best to get it to look like the image is really part of the canvas…not just stuck on there.
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Let the Modge Podge dry completely.  For some images I go spray paint a mist around the edges which helps to make the image look like it “melts” into the canvas and kind of makes the edges disappear.  For other images, I just leave the canvas alone.  Why?  Because I am the artist and I like the way it looks.  :0)

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Joe’s Beautiful Grandparents
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  Joe’s Birth Mother
I completed 5 images (3 16×20’s and 2 8×10’s) in 1 hour….drying time included.  I have a ton more to make and a ton more pictures to find and get printed before our gallery wall is complete, but I will say that this has really been a fun project to complete.  I love seeing all the old family pictures and hearing the stories behind them!
I wanted to add this picture of a final display (since our gallery wall is a work in progress).  These were my first canvases completed with this technique and I love the final look.
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