16×20 print mounted on canvas
I had some cute maternity/family pictures that I knew I wanted to get printed. Then I had the idea to mount them to a canvas. I found 2 – 16×20 canvases at Hobby Lobby on sale for $6 (for both)!.
$10.50 poster print from Walgreens (they had 20% off poster prints). I went ahead and spray glued it to the canvas. I knew this wouldn’t stick long term so I decided to google “decopauging.”
But first, I knew the edges would not work that stark white. So I got some of my craft paints and mixed some brown and black together.
Then I painted the edges. See I got some on the picture and I love it. That’s what I wanted to do anyway.
69 cent glue from Dillons. Just your regular old white glue.
Dump the whole bottle into a plastic container.
The recipe I found online said: 3 cups glue to 1 cup water. I knew I didn’t want to make that much. So I just did one container of glue (6 oz) mixed with 2 oz of water. This still made A LOT, but it says you can keep it. So I just put the lid on and I’m gonna store it until I decide to do the next photo.
It’s pretty thin. Get some on your brush.
Lay your artwork on an old towel, then start brushing it on. Make sure to do the edges too!
It looks cloudy, dont’ be nervous. After I did one coat, I decided to not let it dry and slap on another coat. It seemed to work fine. Then I think I waited another 20 minutes then I put on another coat. I got nervous after this coat, so I just let it set overnight. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I woke up and it looked nice and clear. Just to be safe I did one more coat and I let it dry completely.
This is what I got. I think it would have looked even better if the photo had been printed on matte paper instead of glossy, but for $13.50, it’s not bad. Online it said the more coats of the glue the more it looks like a painting. That’s what I was really going for, but since it was on glossy paper I never got that effect. I think I could put on 20 more coats and it wouldn’t look like a painting.
Now I just have to figure out where to hang it.
UPDATE: This picture has been hanging on my wall for three years now, with no signs of peeling. I’d call that a success. Check back for some of my new pictures on canvas.