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DIY- Canvas Transfer Photo Using ModPodge

Updated on June 13, 2013
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Before this idea came up on my mind, I was thinking what would be a nice gift to give on someone's special on the special day. Inexpensive but worth valuable things they will receive. At first I’m hesitant to try this project because of the cons however after I did this project it turns out lovely.

I would like to share my experience of making the canvas using modpodge. Maybe you will think it’s impossible but I would like to say it’s really “possible” and I made it so nice. Modpodge would appear nice but not as perfectly made but the look would really make it wonderful after you make it. Here's the following guide on how to make.

Materials needed:

  • Modpodge matte-mat-mate- This is available in Michael’s, Walgreens and some Craft Art Store’s.
  • Canvas- Size 8 in x10 in/ 20.3cm x 25.4 cm this size perfectly fit on the picture copy.
  • Brush small or medium size as long as you can evenly put it on canvas.
  • A card like unused ATM or gift card, you will use this to flatten the surface to avoid the bubbles or air in the surface.
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Picture would be a laser copy or toner copies don’t get confused it’s only a regular print from your printer at home, just make sure the toner is good.

Finding a picture to used must have no written words, because when you put it on canvas the letters will print reverse so it’s a big X. Believe me you will get frustrated about it, I tried it so please keep mind of it! To fit the pictures in your canvas make sure to blow them up before printing.

1. Completely cover your canvas using modpodge and brush, include the sides if needed; use heavy to light coat. When you apply it make sure you remove some excess of modpodge.

2. Place the photocopy onto the canvas then adjust it.

3. Use the card to flatten the surface. This help removes the air bubble. When needed. Let it set for overnight to completely dry off.

4. After your image completely dry, Use the spray bottle to wet the top of the paper.

5. Rub the surface with your fingers until the pieces of the paper start to come off. Rub the surface slowly and carefully. The tiny pieces well start coming off and the image will be revealed, so carefully rub it as the transfer image might accidentally remove. Continue until all the paper is removed and the image is completely visible.

6. Lastly, cover the canvas with one more coat of modpodge to seal and protect the image. It will also give a glossy texture.

Sweet note: You have to expect that making this canvas using modpodge would not be perfect, but the way it is would be perfect! It actually looks like in 70’s because of the black and white color. However, each transfer is different the more you experiment, the better!


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      Gerlane 2 years ago

      You get an A++ for this one. I love, love, love this idea. Thanks for sharing. I am dltfniieey doing it. I will however, make photocopies of their scribbles, and save the originals. I have scribbles from one of my seven granddaughters, and two of my three great granddaughters. I had the idea of framing them in double sided acrylic, because they are on both sides of the paper, and that look is fantastic. This however, will be a gift to each of them, and now, thanks to you I will have a canvas for myself of their masterpieces, as I have so graciously labeled each.

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