Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Photo transfer on canvas board

image transfer mixed media canvas lisa fulmer

I'm playing with the Designer Crafts Connection this month - we're celebrating "National Mod Podge Day" on May 19th with Plaid! Boy, any excuse for a holiday, eh?

Each of us received different kinds of Mod Podge - I got their Photo Transfer Medium, so I snapped lots of pictures in my mother's yard this past weekend. I decided to play with this shot of her mock orange bush.

mock orange blossoms

I went to the office supply store and make some copies of my photo on their laser printer (can't use inkjet with this medium) then I stained an 8x10' canvas board with a sea sponge. I was curious to see if the sepia tone underneath might soften the image, even though I had read that this medium is opaque.


Following the tips I read on the Mod Podge Rocks blog, I brushed the medium on my image, flipped it over to the canvas board, smoothed it out with a brayer and let it dry overnight.



The next day, I spritzed the canvas board with water and carefully rubbed off all the paper with my fingers. This is the tricky part - I realized that I was working on a cheap canvas board that wasn't really canvas fabric - I think it's actually thick paper embossed with a canvas pattern. It was primed, but I had to be careful with the water - wet enough to peel off the paper from the laser copy, but not so wet that I might tear the canvas.


I actually did rub a bit too hard in one place and the medium "skin" that actually holds the image started to come off the edge. But I was planning a distressed look for this project anyway, so no harm, no foul. I just used my sanding block to further distress the edges all the way around. Then I re-stained the edges with the sepia ink.


I added sand medium on the green areas and highlighted the blooms with iridescent paint.

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9 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! Thanks for the tips!

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  2. so pretty, love this idea!!

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  3. very pretty, love the pretty flowers

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  4. Great idea, to add paint to the flowers. It gives some nice extra texture.

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  5. You created a lovely piece of art! Love it!

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  6. Looks amazing, great job. I like the distressed look too.

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  7. Very nice! Thanx for sharing!

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  8. What a nice project, thanks for sharing!

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