I really don’t like the phrase “If I can do it, you can too.” But then this is usually added to the end of someone’s huge weight loss success story. Sadly, I have no such story. However, while doing my latest creative activity the thought did go through my head… “this is so easy anyone could do it.”
This super simple crafty project of adhering a picture to an artist’s canvas will WOW the socks off your friends and family. I’m sure my crafty rating is about to soar, and yours could too. Here is how…
You will need an artist canvas (mine is 8×10), black (or color of your choice) acrylic paint, Mod Podge and Clear Matte Finish.
Print a full-page size picture. Mine were done on regular sheets of cardstock. Can’t get much cheaper than that. Following instructions on can, spray matte finish on picture. This will seal ink so it won’t smear when Mod Podge is applied. This is a VERY important step. I learned the hard way…
Paint edges of canvas. Tip: Place push pins in each corner to allow all over drying without sticking to surfaces. I have extensive experience trying to pry newsprint off of dried paint. ARGH…..
Cut picture to size of canvas. I chose to round the corners to hide my imperfect cutting skills.
Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to canvas and adhere picture. Let dry completely. If the edges decide to curl up, continue to lightly rub fingers around the edges to let it know you mean business.
I chose to dab more black paint around the perimeter to soften the edges. Okay, one picture wasn’t straight and it bugged me. So this technique helped even it out. But I ended up liking it. I love a happy ending.
After all paint dries, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire canvas including sides. Let dry and add a second coat.
When done, hang with 3M Removable Wall Mounts and brace yourself for exclamations of wonderment at your talent.
Three done, four grand-kiddos to go. I love how these are turning out. And by the way, this idea and the push-pin idea were all found on Pinterest. Turns out my time there was well spent after all.