DIY Art Canvas with REAL Texture!

Jun 10th, 2014

Hello All Things Thrifty readers!  I am over the moon excited to be contributing to All Things Thrifty and sharing my debut post with you all. First, let me introduce myself :)  I am Tasha and I blog over at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body.

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I mostly blog about thrifty DIY renovations and simple crafts, but I also blog about lifestyle tips that I have learned over the course of my life with my 3 1/2 year old twin girls, firefighter husband and my Boxer, Titan.  So, so nice to “meet” you all!

One of the many reasons that became a DIYer {many years ago} is because I cannot bring myself to pay some of the prices for things that I want.  It’s that simple.  Today’s project is a perfect example.

I fell in L.O.V.E. with this beautiful map canvas, but was absolutely not wiling to pay $105.00 for it.  I am too thrifty for that!

Source: Great Big Canvas

Source: Great Big Canvas

So I came up with a solution that I am excited to share with you all today.  I ordered a poster print, applied it to my own canvas AND GAVE IT REAL CANVAS TEXTURE.  And I did it for only $21.00!  I am in love with how it turned out.

Materials Needed to Make one DIY Art Canvas:

  • Any poster print of your choosing {I wound up finding my map in a poster print for only $16.00}
  • 1 blank canvas that is the same size as your poster {I got my canvas on sale at Michaels for only $5.00}
  • A second blank canvas {it can be any size}
  • Mod Podge {I prefer matte finish}
  • Foam brushes
  • Black paint
  • Utility knife
  • Cutting board

Steps to Create one DIY Art Canvas:

1) Using your foam brush, paint the sides and inner edges of your canvas black.  Any black paint will do.  I used paint that I already had on hand.  Allow the paint to dry.

2) Using your foam brush, cover the top of your canvas with a layer of Mod Podge.

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3) Place your poster print on top of the Mod Podge covered surface and flatten and smooth it with your hands to ensure that it adheres nicely without any bubbles.  Allow it to dry.

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4) After it dries, you will have to cut off any portion of the poster print that is overhanging your canvas.  Even though both my canvas and poster print were described as 16 x 24 inches, my poster print was a tad larger than my canvas. No big deal.  Flip the canvas over and grab your utility knife and cutting board.  Using the edge of the canvas as your guide, cut off any portion of your poster print that is overhanging the edge of the canvas with your utility knife.

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5) Next is the fun part, but you have to have a little faith that this is all going to work out.  You are going to coat your poster print with Mod Podge and then “stamp” that canvas texture right on to your print.  THIS TOTALLY MAKES THIS PROJECT so don’t panic and stop now.  Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge {matte finish} RIGHT OVER THE TOP OF YOUR POSTER PRINT.  Do not be nervous!  I promise, promise, promise you that it will dry clear and will look gorgeous.  Use long, even strokes to smooth your Mod Podge over your poster.  Be gentle with your paint brush.  Don’t coat the Mod Podge too thickly–if your poster print gets too wet, it could cause the ink to smear or the paper to tear.

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6) Now, quickly grab a blank canvas and sandwich it ON TOP of your wet photo.  Gently press the two surfaces together.  Now, peel the blank canvas off and you will be left with that authentic canvas texture.  You know, the texture that makes people spend $105.00 on the map canvas that inspired my project.  But you are too thrifty and clever for that!  Since I used a spare canvas that was smaller than 16 x 24 inches, I repeated the “stamping” process until my entire canvas was done.

NOTE: This is a quick step.  You want to “stamp” your canvas texture on AND remove the blank canvas while the Mod Podge is still wet.  If you complete this step and  your texture looks more like the Mod Podge was just smushed around, you may have used too much Mod Podge.  Stay calm.  Wipe some of the excess off with your foam brush, smooth out the strokes and try again.  Now, let the Mod Podge dry.

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This is how that A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. texture will look once it is dry.  Can you believe it?!

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Now you are ready to hang up your beautiful and THRIFTY art!  I hung mine in my kitchen, which recently received a makeover.  I just love it and especially love that I got exactly what I wanted for a fraction of the cost of the original canvas that inspired my project!

MUST PIN!  DIY Art Canvas with REAL TEXTURE!  Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body for All Things Thrifty!

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You may also enjoy learning more about my recent kitchen transformation that I accomplished for less than $700 {including that gorgeous herringbone plank wall you see above, which we made for FREE from an old, ugly fence}.

Thrifty Kitchen Makeover

You may also love my super thrifty renovation of our laundry room for only $71.00.

Thrifty Laundry Room Makeover

Thank you so much for hanging out with me today!  I can’t wait to join you again in a few months.  Meanwhile, I would love for you to come hang out with me over at my blog!  Please come and visit me at www.designertrapped.com or connect with me on social media.  You can find me pretty much everywhere :)

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Comments

  1. What a great idea! Canvas pieces are so expensive but they look amazing. I totally want to try this!

  2. Awesome! Where did you get that poster? I would love to do the same thing myself.

  3. Wow, what a creative and awesome idea! It came out great, I’m impressed :). Thanks for sharing, I never would have come up with that.

  4. What a cool technique!

  5. This is super cool! I Want to try this.

  6. This is a fabulous idea and one that I think I will try out tomorrow on a project. Thanks so much for the inspiration and a great tutorial post. I know how hard it can be to write an excellent tutorial.
    Traci

  7. Beautiful…I think I am going to give this a try with some of baby-grands artwork! Clever and very cool.

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  1. […] Isn’t it friggin awesome?  I L.O.V.E. it and lots of you do, too! Here’s the scoop, I found my poster at a RANDOM store, but you can order it at GreatBigCanvas.com and then created my own art canvas with it.  You can see the full tutorial in my guest post over at the amazing All Things Thrifty. […]

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