DIY: Distressed Canvas Photo

Hi friends!

So, for my Mother's Day gift to Mom I tried to do the DIY photo-to-canvas transfer found on A Beautiful Mess. Unfortunately, using a "laser copy" of a photo doesn't mean an actual laser printed photo on actual photo paper. It really means a copy of your laser photo on regular printer paper. I didn't find this out until after I'd already stuck my photo face-down onto the wet canvas. But you know what? It still turned out pretty well.

Let's take a look:


Step 1: Gather your supplies. You'll need a stretched canvas (I used 8x10), an acrylic gel medium (you can find this for $5.99 at Hobby Lobby or $8.00 at Wal-Mart), a paint brush, and your photo (again, mine was 8x10).


Step 2: Coat your canvas with a thick layer of the acrylic gel medium.


Step 3: Place your photo face-down onto the painted canvas. Use your fingertips to press lightly all around the photo so it dries to the canvas. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight.


Step 4: Slowly peel the photograph away from the canvas. Be careful not to pull too hard. You only want some of the dried gel to remain on the photograph. You don't want to rip the photo itself! I actually wet the back side of the photo (which you would actually do with a real photo-to-canvas transfer) to help release the picture better. Then, I took a damp washcloth and rubbed away some of the excess gel that had dried on our lovely faces*.

After you've done these steps, simply glue the back of the distressed photo to the canvas and VOILA! You've got your own special, but still pretty, version of the photo-to-canvas transfer. 

And P.S. My mom LOVED hers. See below:


*I don't really know why my canvas looks blue in most photos and black and white in another. It really does have more of a bluish tint in real life, but hey, this post is DIY, too!

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