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.
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.
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.
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.
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)