R & B Love, Love, Love bath time! So, around the time I did their 18 month pictures, I also snapped a few shots of them in the tub one evening. I had seen tutorials around the web about making your own canvas prints, and I thought this would be a great time to test out the tutorials and create some great wall art for our bathroom.
There is a great tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body – check it out here. This was my starting inspiration for this project.
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First things first, here’s my supplies list:
A note on buying canvases: Wait for Michael’s to have a sale. I think they have the best prices. I bought two 24″ x 24″ canvases during a buy one, get one free sale. Woot!
Pick out your pictures. If you are going to do a square picture like me, you need to follow one additional step. If you crop your picture down to a square, and then take it in for printing on say a 16″ x 20″ poster, you will have a BIG problem. The computer at the developing place will stretch your square picture out into a rectangle. I used Picmonkey to crop my picture to a square, and then make it black and white. I saved this document to my desktop and then opened a blank “design” document that was 1800 x 1440 pixels (the right size for a 16″ x 20″ print). I then added my saved square photo as an overlay. The end result was posters that look like this:
I took my files to Costco and had them printed as 16″ x 20″ posters. I trimmed the posters down to 16″ x 16″. Then the real fun started.
Using a large paint brush, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the canvas. Lay your photo down on the canvas and smooth down, making sure your photo is centered and level. Let dry. The Mod Podge container said 15 minutes.
Side note: don’t want to wash your brush between steps? Wrap the bristles in a damp paper towel followed by a layer of aluminum foil. Place in the refrigerator. Your brush won’t dry out, and it will last for days.
Since this photo is smaller than the canvas, I wanted an extra layer of Mod Podge around my photo border. Apply a thin layer around the edge of the photo. Let dry.
Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the entire photo. Then grab an extra canvas and place it face-down on your photo. Then gently lift the canvas up. This will leave that great canvas texture behind, making your DIY canvas look professional!
Let dry. Since the next step involves putting down Frog Tape, allowing the Mod Podge to dry overnight, instead of the recommended 15 minutes, is best.
My canvas was 24″ x 24,” so I measured out and make small pencil marks every 3 inches around the border of the canvas. I then taped out my design with Frog Tape.
Paint inside the tape, but don’t let the paint dry entirely. You will get a cleaner line if you remove the tape (at an angle) while paint is still slightly tacky.
Finally, add another layer of Mod Podge around the border. This will make sure the entire canvas has the same texture and sheen.
After everything dried, I hung my new works of art in our bathroom. Miss B. was really excited – I think she recognized herself in the pictures and kept pointing at them.
I’m so excited with how these photo canvases turned out. R & B are just growing too fast; I will be glad I captured these memories.