When it comes to decorating your home, you cannot stand a blank wall. Decorating a wall can cost you a fortune and sure can leave you with a headache. We do love the work of interior designers for the most stunning work they create, there are many people out there not only want to save money but also want to have more control in the personalization of their colours motifs and the themes. For those who looking to decorate their personal space on a budget but left staring at the walls having no idea of what to display. Printing pictures on wood and canvas is the best and cheapest way of decorating your home sweet home, office or any other personal space. Printing pictures on wood and canvas is way too much fun and affordable that you could ever imagine.
So, are you ready?
Here is what you need to do to hang canvas prints or simply a wall art that sure will add a display and a level of intrigue to your rooms: Gather some materials
- Paint Brush
- Mod Podge in a Matte Finish
- Blank Canvasor Piece of wood
- Foam Brush
- Printed Picture
- Parchment or Wax
- Small Bowl of Water
Purchase a canvas in a corresponding size of your photo from an office supply or crafts store. Canvas comes in a variety of quality and textures, such as gloss canvas which creates a piece of work of art. Also, keep in mind to choose the one that works best with an inkjet printer.
Select a copy of electronic image file that you want to print. If you want a scenery, you can find any photo of your liking online. If you want you can also visit art galleries, stores, and museum to get a clear idea of what you want to create. Always make sure before printing that the image has a good clarity in terms of colour contrast and sharpness. Various photo editing tools are available to get a desirable image of your choice.
Size of the photo is very important, run a trial copy to get an idea. You can also opt to have borders on all sides of your canvas. A 1 ½” (3.75cm) on all the sides is a good option, depending on the size of your canvas. You can also transfer a drawing from your sketchbook to canvas that you might have made, by scanning the drawing and save it as an image file.
Print out your image on regular white paper by using Inkjet printer. The best option would be to use rear manual slot of your printer since it is capable of border-less printing and uses the entire printable area. This is the slot locating at the back of your printer and the not the ones lying on top, it can also handle thicker sheets of paper. Make sure your printer has enough ink in the colour you need. Set up your printer, adjust the colour and gradient and set the length and height of the picture Even try to set the width of the paper as well, if possible.
Next is the fun part. After printing the photo, make it stick using long strokes on a canvas or wood using a paintbrush.Now cover your canvas or piece of wood with a layer of Mod Podge. Make it barely possible to see the image through the medium. Smooth out any bumps by placing the image face down on the canvas (Whiteside up). You can also grab a blank canvas and sandwich it on top of your wet photo. Avoid rubbing your paper rubbing too hard, just make sure it is smooth. The paper might become too moist if you put too much Mod Podge, you will get bumps and wrinkles. Wipe off some of the extra Mod Podge with the foam brush.
Let it dry out for a full 24 hours, so the photo gets properly stack to it.
Now get ready to do some delicate work. Do not panic. Carefully begin removing paper until all the paper has been removed with a damp sponge (Don’t soak it) just wet the paper thus unravelling the photo below. Repeat this process until you see the clear photo. Do it very softly, if you put too much pressure or rub hardly into the canvas, it will tear off the photo on the canvas. (If somehow you do tear off some parts of the paper or you see some scratches, we just have to rub harder with the sponge so, the whole photo will disappear and you can start over the process from the beginning.)
Now you will begin to see the image. After the Mod Podge dries, admire yourself by hanging up the beautifully printed photo on canvas or wood.