I have seen all over Pinterest these DIY Canvas Photos. I have always thought they looked beautiful and wanted to try it. So I finally did! We have a curved stairwell and haven't put anything on it. I wanted to do the boys pictures and I knew I wanted them huge. While looking for pictures I ran across our last years Christmas photos...that was it.
I had purchased this dual pack of canvas at 18x24. When I looked on all the sites for poster prints, they do 20x30, I knew I was going to have to cut some picture off. On a couple of sites, they were going to charge me $24 a print and I had 3. So I did it on Costco.com and was able to choose Sepia and my posters were ready next day to pick up for $9 each.
After I picked up my posters, I went back on to Pinterest...not realizing I should have printed them on paper. Next time I might go to Staples and have them print it on paper...don't know if it would be cheaper. This was time consuming, but well worth it because I did it!!!!!!
Canvas Value Pack - $11 for 2 at Joann's
Americana Acrylic Paint - Khaki Tan
Versa Magic Chalk - Jumbo Java
This is how I painted the canvas. I did not want to use black, so I took my prints to Hobby Lobby and matched the paint. Yes those are plastic bowls under there. Worked Awesome!
After the paint was dry, I painted the whole canvas with Modge Podge and put my picture on. After that dried, I used my exactoknife to cut off all those extra inches. I used a Sanding Sponge to make my edges flush, when I did that, my borders turned white...aaaaggggghhhh! So I ran up to the craft room and found some brown chalk. I chalked all 4 sides. Now I am wishing for black sides!
From lots of tutorials, they would just paint on the Modge Podge. I did not want that look because my pictures were low resolution so I decided to try a sponging technique with a household sponge. There were too many bubbles...so another trip to Hobby Lobby and a 40% off coupon I bought a Goat Hair Mop Round brush...worked amazing, yes there were still tiny bubbles, but I could go over them and they would pop. I ended up painting two coats of Modge Podge to give it a really great texture.
I am trying to show you the texture...looks like canvas...ha ha...it worked!
Now, I am a crafter, I am so impatient. I did not wait for the first coat to dry, so the black shirts look like they have white on them :( If you are going to paint 2 coats...wait for the first to dry.
This is what I look at from my kitchen sink. I absolutely love it.
This is just a great start to hang more :)