Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Gift for Gene

I had the most fun with this project.  Bare with me because I did not take pics along the way, but I think there is enough here to share how I did it.

Art Canvas (any size)
Mod Podge (Matte or Glossy)
Black Craft Paint
Foam Brushes
Any sign of your choice (handmade or bought)

I tried this with both matte pictures and matte Mod Podge and glossy pictures and glossy Mod Podge.  I love the results of both, so it is your choice.  Little advice, if you go the matte picture route, the only place I found where I could get matte pictures was at WalMart.  Walgreens was mailed only and CVS did not offer matte in 4x6.
- Take the canvas frame and dab your foam brush in the black paint and dry brush this on the canvas. This means just put a little paint on the canvas so it is light.   Cover the sides and the front of the canvas enough to cover the area that will be around your picture.
- Brush some Mod Podge on the back of the photo and place on the canvas.  You will want to use a soft cloth that won't scratch the picture and rub over the picture to make sure it adheres to the canvas. Make sure you don't get your finger prints on the picture :)
- Let it dry and the dab a new foam brush into the Mod Podge.  Brush over the entire picture and canvas.  Go in the same direction and work quickly.  If you try and go back over a place where the Mod Podge has already started to dry, it will smudge and smear (had a few of these).  Then let dry completely. 

- I used the ribbon to hang the pictures below the sign and created a hanger.  I simply hot glued the ribbon to the back of the sign.  Easy as that.

Total Cost: 
Sign- $5
Canvas- $6
Ribbon- $2
Total:  $13
(I already had the Mod Podge, brushes, and black paint. If you have to buy this it will cost you an additional $12.  I would get the large bottle of Mod Podge because you will love these canvas pictures and I am sure you will use this for other gifts.)

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