Sunday, September 16, 2012

How to Transfer a Photo to Canvas

I've been wanting to try transferring a photo to a canvas, especially since my wedding. I decided to give it a try, and it turned out pretty dang good for a first try. Try it yourself by following the 6 steps below. As you work, keep in mind that the end result is supposed to look somewhat rustic and imperfect. Don't stress!

Original photo by A Shafer Photography

You'll Need:
• 8x10 canvas
• 8x10 ink or laserjet print (reverse image before printing)
• gel medium (like Liquitex or Mod Podge)
• foam paint brush
• acrylic paint
• spray bottle filled with water

 1. Spread a thick layer of gel medium over
the canvas with a sponge brush.

2. Place your photo ink-side-down onto
coated canvas and smooth out wrinkles. Let
it set for at least 4 hours.

 3. Use the spray bottle to wet the entire canvas
and allow to soak for just a few minutes.

4. VERY GENTLY rub in a circular motion
using your finger tips to remove the paper.
This process requires patience, and some of
the transfer may rub off.

5. After all paper is removed, use acrylic
paint and a sponge brush to touch up edges
and spots that rubbed off. Allow to dry for a
few minutes.

 6. Spread a final layer of gel medium over
the top of the canvas and allow to dry. You’re

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