Saturday, 21 July 2012

Khloe's Canvas

I have always wanted to get some canvas's printed of my little nunu and then I came across this idea. It is waaay cheaper than having it printed at the print shop and although it doesn't come out as perfect, I like it. So, light on the pocket, easy and something pretty to hang on our picture wall, I HAD to try it.
All you need is:
- A Laser printed copy of your photo
- Canvas about the same size
- A podge like product called Pixture Perfect
- Paint brush

Make sure your canvas is clean and dry.
Paint the pixture perfect directly onto your picture, a nice thick layer coating the entire picture.

Then carefully pick up your picture and place it face down on the canvas, ( if your picture contains words, you are going to have to make a mirror image print or it will come out backwards) Make sure you don't get any air bubbles and that it is nice and straight. Really you need to be careful, I lifted and replaced my picture a few times to get it fitting right.
Smooth down your picture nicely and then leave it to dry for about 6 hours or over night.
I left mine overnight and came back to it the next evening, seeing as I still had to clean the kitchen, pack the nappy bag for day care and get myself off to bed before midnight! Sheesh being a mommy is hectic sometimes, but hey every mommy knows... totally worth it.

When your picture is completely dry, start in one corner with a little water, wet the picture and using your finger tips gently start rubbing away. The paper will start rubbing off leaving your picture printed to the canvas. This can take sometime and eventually your fingers will go numb, turn red and very nearly rub away themselves but it'll be worth it in the end. You might think you are done when you don't see any more paper that needs to be rubbed away but let the canvas dry a bit and come back to it later. You'll be able to notice the places that still need some rubbing a little easier then.
The more you rub the more distressed your picture will come out so if your fingers can stand it you can get a really distressed and aged look.

I love how mine came out and I think it deserves it's place on the wall :-)