Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Using Mod Podge With Pictures!


Using Mod Podge With Photographs:
You can also look back to Sassy's mod podge tutorial for the original instructions.

Things You Will Need:
-Pre-stretched canvas
-A paper cutter or scissors
-Cute paper or fabric, pre-cut to fit the sides of your canvas
-Adorable Photo/photos
-Two paint brushes or sponge brushes
-Wax paper
-Mod podge in matte
-Towel
-Acrylic or craft paint


First:  Apply a thin layer of mod podge to your entire canvas including the sides.


Second:  Make sure your strips of paper or fabric are pre-cut to fit the sides of your canvas.  Cut them now if you have not already done so.  


Once the mod podge is dry you then will re-paint as additional thin layer on only one side of your canvas.  Make sure you only do ONE side at a time.


Put another thin layer of mod podge on each strip to add a better stick to the paper or fabric.


Third:  Place your strip of pre-cut paper or fabric on the edge of your canvas and smooth it over with your fingers really well.  Make sure there are no bubble.  Repeat this step until all sides of your canvas are covered with your pre-cut paper or fabric strips.

Your strips do not have to line up perfect because we can put paint in there to cover up the gap.


Fourth:  Tear off a large piece of wax paper a little bigger then the picture you are working with.

Also, make sure that your photo you are working with is the same size as your canvas.


Place the photo face down on the wax paper and apply a pretty good amount of mod podge to the back of your photo.  

Fifth:  Turn the photo over and smooth it onto your canvas.  You can cover the photo with your soft towel to smooth out the picture and make sure there are no bubbles.  

Wait about 20 to 30 minutes for the mod podge to dry completely.  


Sixth: Put a small layer of mod podge on the front of your picture.  It will look milky white at first but it will dry clear.  



The photo on the left below is almost dry, and the photo on the right was just mod podged.
Let the mod podge dry for about 20 minutes.  


Seventh:  You can use your dry brush or sponge for this step.  Make sure the brush or sponge is completely DRY!  Dip the brush or sponge into a small amount of paint.  You can wipe your brush or sponge on a plate to make sure you do not have an excess amount of paint.  Then dab your sponge/brush along the edge repeatedly until it is as dark as you want.  



And here is what your mod podge canvas picture should look like!!  Nice!


Adding a few more in the same colors looks really pretty on your wall.


You can leave your pretty little canvas pictures like this picture above, on your wall, or you can add some ribbon to hang them with.  It just depends on what the style is you are going for.

Adding ribbon to your mod podge canvas pictures.

Things you will need:
-Staple gun
-Ruler
-Ribbon

First:  Put your canvases in order, the way you want them to look when you hang them on your wall.  You must also decide how far apart you want each picture from one another ( 1 inch, 2 inches... etc).  Multiply that number by 4.   Measure your ribbon out to that length.  Cut as many as you need for holding up canvases below.  For three canvases you will need four ribbons in this same length.  



Second:  Get your ribbon ready to staple.  Fold your ribbon with about a 1 inch overlap.  This gives the ribbon more strength when holding up another photo canvas below.  




Third:  Staple your ribbon to the canvas.  Its best if you staple the ribbon 1 inch or so in from the edge of the canvas.  Use two staples, one on top and one on bottom for additional strength.  Repeat if needed.


Fourth:  Its best if your unraveled your ribbon a little to look and see what you think looks best and to see how long or far apart you want the canvases to be together. Then cut double the length for the extra strength.  


Stretch your ribbon flat and then fold it over to the other side.  Again, make sure your ribbon is 1 inch or so from the edge on the canvas.  


Fifth:  Staple your ribbon and use two staples on each side.  


And now you are done.  Just hang with a nail or a cute little hook.  


This idea also works for great Christmas or birthday gifts.  

Enjoy!!

25 Compliments:

Sharon said...

These are very nice...I think I will try this with some pictures of my grandsons...it would make some nice Christmas gifts for their mommies! Thanks for sharing!

Pink Umbrella Photography said...

I was thinking the same thing. They would make GREAT Christmas gifts. Let me know how they turn out.

Kaysi said...

I love these!!

Nan @ Playful Decor said...

Your photos are beautiful! And this idea makes them look so nice! I never thought you could use mod podge on photos either. I'd l;ove for you to share this at my blog party Tuesday's Nursery - its for all ages of kids decor. I'll leave the linky open for several days so I hope you can make it! Have a great week - following you! Nan

www.PlayfulDecor.blogspot.com

Katalina Jewelry said...

What an elegant way to display your lovely photos!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

This looks AMAZING!

Jenny
http://simcoestreet.blogspot.com/

D @ The Shady Porch said...

I really LOVE this project! Beautiful photos too! Thanks for sharing!

Sugarr2518 said...

In Love with this! I really like how you linked them together too:)

Stylebaggage said...

Perfect timing...I'm in the middle of making a photo wall for some family. I have one big photo that I wanted to highlight differently from the frames. This is definitely the answer! Thanks for the inspiration! I saw you on Simply Inspiration btw...

Pink Umbrella Photography said...

Glad I could help inspire your idea... I am sure it will turn out great. Let me know how it looks.

Pink Umbrella Photography said...

Nan, Thank you so much. Hearing it from other people help me keep on going. Thanks for stopping by and I will hop over to your and check it out.

Amy said...

BEAUTIFUL! I am so glad you shared at One Artsy Mama!

Alida - Radcrafter said...

I love this idea! Great idea for Christmas gifts.


I featured your project in a recent blog post...
http://radcrafter.com/2011/11/12-diy-christmas-gift-ideas/

Alida

Trish said...

This project turned out beautifully! I'd love to do something similar with my little guys. Thanks for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday.

--Trish @ Mom On TImeout
http://www.MomOnTimeout.com

The Rosenau's said...

I can't say anything but WOW! that project turned out amazing!
I'm a new follower and i'd love if you followed me back!

Julianne
www.sewfantastic.blogspot.com

California Dreaming said...

I love it! I am totally doing this as a christmas gift for at least 2 of my friends! It looks great! Thanks for sharing.

serra said...

thanks so much for posting this. I have been wondering if I could use actual photos to mod podge. question... did you use regular podge or the paper podge?

Pink Umbrella Photography said...

I have always just used the regular Mod Podge. I dont think I even own the other. I wonder what the difference is. Thanks for stopping by.

serra said...

the difference is the paper kind is better for archival purposes. It supposedly helps the photos last longer. I am trying it with the paper podge right now.... if I remember... I'll come back and let you know how it turned out! :)

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

Wow-this looks amazing! I would love for you to link up at my party going on right now!
http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/12/get-schooled-saturday-4.html

Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand said...

I love this...and it's a great tutorial. Thank you so much for linking to Totally Tutorial Tuesdays :)

Jen said...

I was recently 'turned on' to the idea of Modge Podge and your photos turned out beautiful!

stuhr727 said...
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stuhr727 said...

Phenomenal Post and great tutorial. Thanks to Modge Podge for helping us put our Photos on Canvas.

davisjm said...

Not sure I understand what the wax paper is for? Did I miss something? Thanks:-)

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