One thing that is important to me is consistently growing my knowledge base. I want to always grow; always learn. Blogging, being the adventure that it is for me, has created opportunities to grow my crafting skills by experimenting with new techniques. On one of my recent Pinterest pinning binges, which you will hear about often, I found a DIY Canvas Wall Art tutorial pin from Sarah at Sarah’s Never Ending Projects blog. When I first pinned this tutorial, I thought it was going to be one of those crafts that look amazing and advertised as simple, only for me to try it and fail miserably. I envisioned having to go buy some sort of new medium or product, getting that “What are you doing now?” look from my husband when he saw the mess, and still end up with a wasted canvas. However, to my excitement, it really was THAT simple and utilized minimal materials & tools. Fortunately for me, I had everything on hand.
What Will You Need?
- Stretched Canvas (Whatever Size You’ll Be Using)
- Mod Podge
- Tissue Paper
- Ink Jet Printer
- Printer Paper
- Tape (I used blue painters tape because that is what I had on hand and it worked really well)
- Sponge Brush
- Preferred Digital Image
Step 1: Prep The Paper
- Cut your tissue paper to the size of your printer paper.
- Be sure to leave just a little edge of tissue paper that can be folded over the edge of the printer paper; approximately 1/2 to 1 inch.
- Fold the excess tissue paper over the edges of printer paper and apply small pieces of tape to keep it adhered down when feeding through the printer.
- Be sure to crease the folds to prevent the printer from hanging up on any loose edges.
Step 2: Print Your Image
- Place your prepped tissue paper into your printer
- If you don’t already know which side your printer feed prints on, you’ll want to do a test run on regular paper. I utilized my printer’s “Test Page” button. Sarah recommended drawing a star on one side before printing. (See her suggestions HERE.)
- Send your image to the printer and monitor it to ensure it feeds through properly.
- You’ll notice that my tissue paper was a bit crinkled. It was a little crinkled to begin with, however it did not effect the outcome of the final product.
- Since this was a test, I wanted to do something that was special to me and if I messed it up, no big deal. I found this Steve Jobs quote in a graphic that I loved. Its my favorite quote and inspires me. **NOTE: I could not find the web address that published it after I printed it out, so I apologize for not being able to give them credit.**
- Separate the tissue paper from the printer paper by carefully removing the tape.
Step 3: Apply Mod Podge
- Use your sponge brush (or paint brush) to spread a layer of Mod Podge over your blank canvas.
- This step was the trickiest part for me. I didn’t want to put too much Mod Podge down to saturate the tissue paper, but I wanted to get enough that it didn’t dry before I placed the tissue paper down. Seeing as this was the first attempt at a new technique, I did my best. My final product ended up ok, but I could definitely improve the balance of thick and thin Mod Podge.
Step 4: Adhere Tissue Paper
- Carefully align the print over the Mod Podge covered canvas and begin placing the tissue paper onto the canvas. Begin at the center of the canvas and carefully smooth the air pockets to the edges.
- I had trouble with some of the spots where I left the Mod Podge too thick. The tissue paper was too saturated and rolled up a bit, but it was on the edges so I didn’t worry too much about it. Also, I attempted to place the whole image down at one time and that left several places where air pockets formed. For that reason, I recommend laying edges down in sequence; start from an edge or the middle and work your way out.
Step 5: Polish The Edges & Admire Your Handy Work
Once you’re done with removing the air pockets and get the front the way you want it, glue down the edges and trim any excess tissue paper hanging from the sides.
VOILA! You have yourself your own bonafide custom piece of wall art on canvas that you can decorate your space with. I put mine in the hallway and then decided I liked it better on the wall just inside my room. I thought if I see something that inspires me every day as I leave to take on the daily grind of corporate life, I’d be more apt to succeed.
It’s not perfect and it’s not a piece that I’d hang in a gallery, but it’s special to me. That’s what makes the difference. I’d love to see any of your attempts at trying this method and seeing how you’re utilizing this to accomplish your crafty goals. Leave a comment below or send us an email with your experiences. You may be featured in a viewer post at a later date.