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How to Put Your Photo on Artist Canvas
Follow these directions and you can learn how to cover artist canvas with your own photos.
- Age Guideline: 10 Years and Up
- Time Required: 60 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
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Gathering The Supplies
Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:
- Pre-Stretched Artist Canvas (6" x 8" or smaller - compare prices) -
- Colorfast Printer Fabric
- Decoupage Medium
- Foam or Paint Brush
- Upholstery Stapler and Staples
- Scissors (not pictured)
Now we can print out your photos...
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Print Out Your Photo
To print out your photo on the fabric, follow the directions provided with the ink jet printer fabric sheets you are using.
For most fabric sheets, all the is required is feeding the fabric sheet into your printer, printing the picture, removing the paper backing, and setting the ink to make it colorfast. For the fabric sheets I used, this required rinsing it in cold water and then drying it with a hot iron.
When it comes to printing your picture, one thing I discovered was the photos turned out... better if I lightened them a little more than I would normally want them.
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Trim Your Photo
The size you want your photo to be will depend on the size of the canvas you have.
You will want your photo to be about 2-inches larger on each side than the canvas you are using. For example, for my 5" x 7" canvas, I cut my fabric roughly 9" x 11".
Lay your photo, face down, on your work surface. Center your stretched canvas, face down, centered on your photo.
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Start Stapling Your Photo to The Canvas
Now you will fold up one side of the photo and staple it to the wood on the back of the canvas. Also, staple the opposite side of the photo fabric to the wood on the canvas. Make sure you pull the photo fabric tight.
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Finish Stapling Your Photo to The Canvas
You need to now fold up and staple the other two sides of the photo fabric. Again, make sure you pull each side tight.
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Stapling the Corners
Fold up the corners of the photo fabric as if you were wrapping a gift. Make sure it lays flat on the side of the canvas. Use a few staples if necessary to hold the corner in place.
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Finishing the Corners
Staple up all four corners as explained in step 7. Make sure they are all folded the same direction and that they all lay flat on the side of the canvas and on the back of the canvas.
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Decoupage the Photo
Now you will want to use decoupage medium to seal your photo. This will now only give it a nice finish, but it will also protect the fabric from dust and other elements. Learn more about how to decoupage by following these directions.
Use at least 3 thin coats of decoupage medium, letting each layer dry completely before applying the next. Don't forget to also coat the sides of the canvas. Make sure all of the brush strokes go the same direction.
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Finishing Your Photo Wall Hanging
Once the decoupage medium is dry, your new photo wall hanging is ready to hang. There is no need to add a hanger to the back; a nail or screw in the wall will usually sit nicely in the opening on the back of the canvas and hold it in place!