Monday, November 19, 2012
My Latest Pinterest Project: Canvas Pictures
I have pinned lots of ideas on how to transfer pictures to canvas. Some required printing the pictures out and mod podging them onto canvas . . . some required you mod podge the picture onto plywood . . . some had you transfer a reverse copy of the picture onto the canvas and then use water to "rub" the paper off leaving the image on the canvas . . . Lots of ideas . . .
Tonight I saw a pin where you used tissue paper to transfer the picture to canvas and . . . . since I had all the materials needed to do it . . . I decided to go ahead and try it out!
Here's the original blog post and picture that I saw pinned:
Definitely check out her blog for specific details of how to do this.
All I had was the flat canvases. I think the kind where the canvas is wrapped around a wooden frame would work better, but I only had the flat kind . . . so that's what I used. I'm not going for perfect here. I'm just trying to see if it works.
First I found a picture in my computer photo gallery to use. I decided to do a picture of the boys that my photographer friend, Julianna, took last November, and a picture of Dave's family from last Thanksgiving.
I taped the white tissue paper to a sheet of 8.5 x 11 cardstock. When I cut the tissue paper, I left a border of 1/2 inch all the way around, and then I taped that down on the back side of the cardstock smoothing out the front of the tissue paper.
I then placed the paper in my printer . . . tissue paper side down . . . cause that's how my printer feeds in to print. I selected my picture from the gallery and chose the size I wanted and then hit "print."
Be sure to watch the photo as it prints out to make sure nothing gets hung up. I let the tissue paper picture dry for a minute before handling it.
Then I cut the tissue paper on the sides to release it off the cardstock.
It's very thin and flimsey . . . after all . . . it's just tissue paper! :D
Then I painted a layer of mod podge on the canvas where I wanted the picture to be. I used a larger canvas than my picture . . . for some reason . . .
Then I carefully placed the tissue paper picture on the canvas . . . centering it where I wanted it . . . carefully pressing it down . . . working from the center . . . carefully moving outward . . . trying to get out the wrinkles and bubbles . . .
Here is my first attempt - The Ferrell Boys:
You have to be very careful pressing the photo down or the tissue paper will tear!
The end result is a picture with that canvas look without the canvas/picture price!
I tried to get a close-up picture to show you the canvas look of the picture but the first picture I took was washed out by the flash:
I took the next close-up picture without the flash, and it was too dark:
Maybe you can see the canvas details in one of those pictures. I just want to really caution you about how fragile the tissue paper is . . . Here's the second picture I did:
I was moving the picture trying to get a wrinkle out and it tore! There was no fixing it, either, once it was torn.
I had fun doing this project. I'm going to make a trip to Walmart to pick up some more canvas . . . I may even stop by Office Depot and get one of those big prints done . . . like I've seen on pinterest.
I think I'm going to embellish the canvases and maybe try to hide the torn corner with a ribbon or something . . . We'll see.
Until next time with . . .
the Ferrell boys and me!