So I’ve been a bit off D.I.Y. project searching lately as I’ve been busy with work right up until Christmas, but also with house hunting- I am going crazy! However the wonderful thing about searching for a new place to live is the want to create a new space, so I’ve been D.I.Y. hunting again for new ideas.
I came across this one on A Beautiful Mess- which I’m sure a lot of D.I.Y. tumblrs have come across. It’s such a great cheap idea- especially in Newtown (in Sydney) where cheap pre-primed canvases are plentiful. I thought it might be nice for one of the photos from my recent wedding. I had been thinking of getting one printed on Canvas but the prices of canvas printings made it seem a bit vain…
1 stretched canvas- most variety stores in Sydney will sell very cheap ones, however you could always go to an art supply store- in the size of the photo you wish to transfer.
1 pot of Heavy Gel Medium in Gloss or Matt- depending on the finish you want. MAKE SURE IT DRIES CLEAR!
a large paint brush& a spray bottle of water
& of course the image you want to transfer which needs to be Laser copied or Printed (which is also the cheapest way to print photos! you can get cheap laser prints done at any Officeworks store in Australia, or online or for a really punk-y look you could just B&W photo copy your image)
Remember your image will be reversed- if you want to print something with text, just make sure you reverse it before printing.
1. Cover the canvas completely in thick coat of your gel medium
2. Press the photo on to the canvas so it sticks into the medium. Let it dry for a minimum drying time stated for the medium you use, but preferably overnight.
3. When dry, using the spray bottle dampen the entire print. Rub the surface with your fingers until pieces of paper start coming off. Be Patient, as the pieces come off the image will be revealed! Be Gentle, as rubbing too hard will remove the image along with the paper.
4. When you’re happy with the way the image appears, cover it with another coat of gel medium, or for a more antiqued look, use some shellac or another type of sealant.
It will not be perfect, and no two attempts will be the same. This sort of thing works best with simple images, but you can have a lot of fun with how neat the image is. You can make a really old looking damaged photo by not removing all the paper, or rubbing a little too hard in places to remove some of the image. Have fun with it!
The final result!!! « click here » to link to the original tutorial on A Beautiful Mess
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