Pintern Summer Challenge: Photo Canvases

Our Pintern Summer Challenge is in full swing! Our Guest blogger, Katherine, is on to her next project…this time putting some beautiful photos to good use.

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If you’re like many people, you have taken tons of great photos that you’d love to put to use. Or, if you’re like me, you’re in desperate need of wall décor for your dorm room, and have friends who gladly share their artsy photos of your beautiful campus (I’m photographically challenged). If you fall into either of those categories (or a category of your own!) this easy, fun, inexpensive, and aesthetically pleasing DIY that I found on Pinterest is for you.

What You’ll Need:

Canvases
Printed pictures (printer paper works fine)
Mod Podge
A foam brush
A paint brush
The pin also called for black paint, but I didn’t need that. I’ll explain later.
 
 
 
 

What You’ll Do:

Step One: Trim your pictures so that they can fit on your canvas. I personally recommend leaving a bit of a margin.

Step Two: Take your foam brush and add a layer of Mod Podge to the canvas. Gently position the print and smooth it out. Then, wait until the Mod Podge dries.

Step Three: Take the Mod Podge and layer it on top of the picture, first vertically, then horizontally. Wait until this dries.

Step Four: The instructions suggest that you take the black paint and paint the edges, but for my canvas and prints, I decided that it would be better to wrap the excess margins around the sides and glue them down.

Step Five: You could stop here, but I felt that the pictures lack texture, so I took a brush and went over the prints with Mod Podge again, this time, following the grain and texture of the photos as if I were painting. This added a little bit of depth to it, but you can only see the texture and brushstrokes if you look very carefully.

And there you have it—beautiful pictures to add a personal touch to your room!

The only thing about this DIY is that the instructions say that the bumps will disappear when the Mod Podge dries. Sadly, this isn’t true. Still, these canvases are definitely making an appearance on my dorm wall next year!

Try it out and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments! And let us know what you’d like to see next in our Pintern Challenge!

Written by Guest Blogger, Katherine Chang

 
 
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