I love the look of a canvas on the wall. There are lots of great places to order your prints on a canvas, but it can be very expensive. I actually got brave and decided to make my on. What did I have to loose? The supplies were fairly inexpensive so I decided to give it a try. I searched several sites to get directions on how to create my own. After trial and error, I took what I had found, and created my own steps that worked for me. First to get the supplies. I purchased a package of 8 x 10 blank canvases at my local craft store. This will be the biggest expense. With a coupon, I got them pretty cheap. You will also need some modge podge, sponge brushes, white card stock, spray mount adhesive and black paint. I have a super printer so I was able to print my own pictures. DO NOT PRINT YOUR PICTURES ON GLOSSY PAPER! I learned the hard way. When you apply modge podge to the glossy paper, I found my pictures smeared. That is why I used card stock. After I printed the pictures I wanted, I sprayed a light coat of the spray mount adhesive to the back of the picture then smoothed out the picture on my blank canvas. Some of the sites I looked at had you brushing a layer of modge podge on the back of the picture, but I found the spray worked just as well and caused less wrinkles. Let that dry for about 15 minutes before you apply your first coat of modge podge. When applying your modge podge, make sure you use even strokes, cover the sides of the canvas and do not apply it very thick. It is best to keep the modge podge a light coat. Let that completely dry. Approximately 30 minutes. Apply a second coat and then let it dry completely. I found 2 coates worked perfectly. If you choose to, you can take a brush and black paint to lightly paint the sides of the canvas and just a touch around the edges of the pictures. You can see the example below. I did this to give it a more finished look. I found this project very easy and in no time I have a wall of professional looking canvases!
I love to capture those special moments in people's lives through photography. I am constantly looking at a scene and thinking how could that work in a photo session, or what angle would work to capture the beauty that God has blessed us with.