Wednesday, February 8, 2012

diy canvas art tutorial

so the plan was for me to just buckle down and order a large canvas print of the girls.

it was something i wanted for their room, i had really cute pictures to use, and i was just going to STOP BEING SO CHEAP AND ORDER IT FOR CRYIN’ OUT LOUD.

you know what they say—the best laid plans of mice…and thrifty bloggers.

i tried. i really did. i had the thing uploaded, options picked, sitting in my virtual shopping cart for THREE days. i kept going back and looking at it—pointer finger hovering over the tiny tap necessary to complete my purchase.

and i couldn’t do it.

couldn’t bring myself to spend the $70.

instead i started googling things like “DIY photo canvas”. and the next thing you know, there we were:








let it dry for 24 hours, then


let that dry a good 48 hours (i wanted to be sure it was TOTALLY dry), then



and then


and finally,




there it is.



it’s not exactly the crisp, clean, modern photo i initially imagined. i knew going in that it would be virtually impossible to get a piece of paper that size glued to the canvas completely wrinkle free, so i decided to work with it.

embrace the imperfections.

embrace the $50 still in my pocket, more likely.

it’s a more rustic, weathered look. and i think i like it, but i’m not totally sure. (actually, the more i look at these pictures of a picture, the happier i am with it)

what do you think?
let me know in the comments. and also, is this the picture you voted for?
seriously…up until the LAST SECOND of ordering i was wavering on which one to get.

the process was easy enough—and something that could easily be done on a smaller scale for super cheap (and smaller paper would be easier to pull tight and keep wrinkle free)


overall i have to say i’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. and this is definitely a project i want to experiment with some more!


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