Last week, Hana Kate and I took on the project of making a new photo canvas for my office. I made one at the beginning of this year for my friend with a picture I took of her little girl. I loved how hers turned out, and made sure to take a similar picture of Justus in hopes of making a canvas like hers. (I took this photo with Justus on a black blanket. Photoshop can also be used to help make a dark or spotty background entirely black. He’s just 6 days old here; I can’t believe how much he’s changed!)
Here’s how we did this for just under 10 dollars, and it took only around 10 minutes of active “project time.” (Drying/waiting time is around 24 hours, as well as time needed getting supplies and a photoshoot.)
- Canvas (I used a 16 x 20. At the time I bought mine, Hobby Lobby sold these in a 2 pack for $7.) Update: These are currently $7.99 for a 2 pack. With a 40% off coupon, available weekly online, making it $4.79 for a 2 pack, or just $2.40 per canvas.
- Printed Photo, approximately the same size as the canvas. (I had mine printed for $3.99 at Costco.)
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Mod Podge (I used gloss finish, bought in large size for $7.70 from Amazon, here.)
- Sponge brushes
1. First, paint the edges and sides of the canvas black. (Hana Kate hadn’t painted the sides of the canvas black in the above photo, but we did do those, as well.) Trim the edges of the photo if is larger than the canvas, and paint around the edges of the photo, too.
2. Once the black paint has dried, brush the entire canvas with Mod Podge. This will act as a glue to hold the photo to the canvas.
3. After adhering the photo to the canvas, brush another coat of Mod Podge over the photo and the side of the canvas. This will act as a sealant.
4. After allowing the first coat of Mod Podge to dry overnight (or 8 to 12 hours), add a second and final coat. For this step, I like to use the sponge brush to give the Mod Podge a patterned textured look. So when it’s done, it will look like this:
I’m in the process of decorating my office, and this canvas fit the space perfectly. When we moved to this house ten months ago, we were anticipating the prospect of quickly joining our church, finishing up training for foster care, and arranging and decorating our house (among other things). But with a rather difficult start to this pregnancy just weeks later, and then the minor complications in the months following, we’re just now getting things on the walls and in the halls. We also saw during that time that we would not be able to both adequately provide care for foster children and our biological children while our two (now three) children are in their earlier years, and this was especially evident during those days I was in the throes of morning sickness and then sometimes unable to walk with the additional complications. We bought this house to meet the specific requirements for being a foster care, and had an extra bedroom we planned to devote for the children we hoped to care for. But since it is extra for now (and we also have a room for guests), I’m taking space for my office–nice to have a space to put my computer and now devote for this purpose. And this photo canvas is a little reminder of the many things in our lives that God has blessed us with and taught us over the past ten months in this house.
In the last few months of this pregnancy, and I also made a subway art canvas using a similar technique. For this, it was a floral-patterned 10 x 10 canvas that someone had given me, but I just wasn’t sure where to put it with the floral decor. Matthew 22:37-39 has been a passage God has been teaching us to see with new eyes, and so I arranged the words in Photoshop and then had a poster printed on photo paper at Costco, and then followed the same steps described above.