Photo Transfer to Canvas
I love the look of photos on canvas. There are a ton of websites that you can order these through, but I decided to make my own. Yes, I wanted to save some money by doing a DIY option, but I was also curious to see if I could even do it, and if I could , then I could customize it to my preferences more. I love the result! This is one of our engagement photos, taken by my talented brother with Aevum Studios. I had this tutorial saved away in my mind and ended up following it to get started but also figuring out some of my own tips. If you want to do this, read through the linked tutorial first. Now read these tips.
-Since the photo will be transferred in reverse, you can actually reverse the image on your computer before printing it out, that way your canvas photo will be exactly like the original.
-You can save your reversed image on a flash drive, walk into Staples, and ask for a laser copy in the biggest size they have. MAKE SURE you ask for it on normal paper, not photo paper. That's what I did, and it was only about $2.
-Take down the measurements of your new copied photo (or bring it with you), and find a canvas to match the size. Preferably at Michaels, with your 40% off coupon in hand =)
-Before you spread the gel medium, you can paint the sides and edges of your canvas. Otherwise, these will be bright white at the end. I used Shimmer Mod Podge to just give it a little gold glow.
-I recommend spreading the gel medium with tools other than a paintbrush, because it is so thick. I found a pack of plastic tools in the art section at Michaels that worked perfectly.
-Once you place your photo face down on the prepared canvas, use the plastic tools to smooth out the photo and try to remove as many wrinkles as possible.
-Once everything is dry (wait overnight), use a generous amount of water and the soft side of a kitchen sponge to gently rub off the paper.
-Have a bowl of fresh water and an empty bowl nearby that you can periodically rinse off your sponge, because it will get "soapy" from the gel medium.
-Have patience when you're rubbing off the white paper. Just for a time reference, it took me two episodes of Drop Dead Diva to finish this project.
-When you feel you are mostly done removing the white paper, if you like a grungy look, use the rough side of your sponge to rough it up a bit, especially the edges. See this in the above photo.
I hope my tips will help you if you decide to do this project. It's really a lot of fun and yields fabulous results. Let me know if you try this!