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Photo on canvas cheap!

Updated on January 12, 2015

What you'll need

What you'll need

  • Stretched canvas
  • Sponge brushes
  • Mod podge
  • Black paint, (Optional)
  • Photos


So I really love the look of my photos on canvas but I was always shocked by how much it cost ($40-60 for an 8x10)! Anyway after researching I found out that I can actually get this look myself for less than a third the cost, so I thought why not! First recommendation I will give you is to buy the stretched canvas, where it is stapled to wood. Even though it may be a few extra dollars it gives the actual professional look. Also you can usually find it sold in packs making it more cost effective. Secondly I like using the glossy mod podge because it brings out the texture better. Lastly I like to paint the edges black, but this is completely optional. The black, I feel, just makes the picture stand out even more. Ready to start?

First step

First step

First step...with a foam brush, brush on mod podge onto a canvas. This is to glue the photo to the canvas. Try to align all the edges as best as possible, if you have some photos that are larger than the canvas you can take a box cutter to cut them off or just leave it alone.



Once the photo has dried...approximately 20-30 minutes...cover the picture with mod podge. Don't freak out! Yes, it will steak white but mod podge dries white, we need this to create the canvas texture.



As soon as you cover the entire picture with mod podge take another blank canvas and stamp the texture onto the picture. You will want to add some pressure without shifting the canvases to get the best results. I usually use a smaller size canvas and use it like a stamp.

All done!

All done!

Once you finished stamping you have the option of painting the boarders black. You have to wait about 30 minutes to let the mod podge completely dry and since I like the way it looks I do this for all my pictures. If you do not want to do this last step then after everything're all done! That's it! Not too painful right?


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    • fab5goofy profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Florida

      Yes! I'm sorry if that was not clear. You use a clean blank canvas and press it onto the pricture after you cover it with the mod podge like you would a stamp. When you peel it off it leaves the imprint of the canvans and when it dries it leaves the teaxture!

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      Shasta Matova 

      4 years ago from USA

      This is interesting. I like the idea. I'm not sure I understand how to apply the texture though. Do you just press another canvas on top of the first one? And is that other canvas usable after that? Thanks.


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