Painted Canvas: Mod Podge Photo Transfer

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Our place, as a family – is Long Beach Island in NJ.  There is just something about being there that does our souls good.  Years ago, we went to a special spot on the northern end and had some pictures taken.  Last year, we went back and I attempted to recreate some of the same photos now that the girls were older.

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   But one picture was a new shot and one that melted me.  What is about a picture of the back of my kids walking?  And then add their Dad and I am sold.

Sandy took its toll on my parent’s beach condo so we just don’t know if we will make there this year, but if not – we still have this sweet reminder.

So I decided to create a painted canvas of the image with Mod Podge Photo Transfer medium.

Step 1:

Gather your materials.  You will need Mod Podge photo transfer medium, a blank canvas, a foam brush, your picture printed out from a regular printer, regular Mod Podge in a matte finish, scissors, parchment or wax paper, a small bowl of water, a sponge, craft paint and paint brushes.

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Step 2:

Lay out a piece of parchment paper to have an easy surface to work on.  Using your foam brush, cover the picture with an even and thick coating of the photo transfer medium.  You should just be able to barely see the image through the medium.

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Step 3:

Place the image face down on the canvas and smooth out any bumps.

Now, leave it alone for a full 24 hours.  Really, no peeking or checking!

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Step 4:

Now that you have waited 24 hours, begin removing the paper with water and a sponge.  Wet it down and just slowly begin rubbing and removing the paper.

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You will begin to see the image appearing.  Don’t be in a rush, you want to get all of the paper off.

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Step 5:

Once it is dry, using your craft paint begin layering in colors with paint to create your desired image.  I chose to fill in the sky and grasses, but left everything else as it was.

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Step 6:

Cover your canvas with a heavy coat of Mod Podge (regular) in a matte finish.  On the grass areas, I chose to go very heavy and create a textures effect.  Wait for it to dry.

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And that is it!

I chose to roughly paint the sides as well just to finish it off.

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And now we have a constant reminder on our mantel of our favorite place and of quiet times.  Just one more attempt on my part to slow things down, even just a little, and capture the moments.

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If you would like to see another project using Mod Podge Photo Transfer, you can visit here.

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If you are looking for where to purchase the Mod Podge Photo Transfer, you can find it here (contains affiliate links):

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Thanks so much for reading!

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Comments

  1. I love this idea – and I love LBI! We used to rent a house in Beach Haven each summer when I was a kid. Now since my inlaws have a house in Seaside, we spend our time there. :(
    -Shelley

  2. This would be awesome to do for Father’s Day! And I love LBI too!!

  3. Next week on my blog is Life at the beach week and beach craft challenge. I would love to share this. It is a great tutorial and lovely photo.
    I would love to feature this and of course leave your links so people can come see the full tutorial. Too good not to!
    Let me know if that would be ok.
    email dee@thecsiproject.com
    http://www.thecsiproject.com

  4. texasaggiemom says:

    Thank you for this awesome how-to

  5. A great effect. I love the idea! Thanks for the how-to!
    Liz

  6. I did not know this product existed!…This is wonderful!…and I just love the picture of your family…My favorite pic of my hubby and my granddaughter is of them walking too…I want to make a mini gallery of them walking together as she grows…Thanks for the tutorial Laura and have a great weekend!!!

  7. Denton says:

    You could pass that off for having a professional painter do it! Oh the wonders of the craft world :)
    Great to correspond with you yesterday, btw – this could be the start of a beautiful relationship :D
    Denton (Assistant #2)

  8. I just found out about this product the other day from a guy working in Hobby Lobby. Must try it out. I love how yours turned out.

  9. Long Beach Island has a special place in my heart too. My aunt and uncle live in Beach Haven West and we visited often each summer …

    Here’s hoping you’ll be able to enjoy that most beautiful spot in NJ again this summer! And I love the photo and the mod podge technique to make it look like an oil painting!

    :) Linda

  10. Gabrielle says:

    Love! I am also thinking Of Father’s Day.

  11. MaryAnn Lunniss says:

    Laura,
    This is fantabulous! Is that a word…oh I don’t care, I like the way it sounds. Absolutely awesome…I guess you get the idea I really like how the photo turned out. Especially meaningful to me.
    MaryAnn

  12. What a lovely picture and great idea. Such a treasure. Have a great weekend!

    Cynthia

  13. Love it!

    I host a weekly link party called “Seasonal Sundays”. This week, in honor of my fourth blog-a-versary, I’m having a giveaway of a $100.00 gift certificate to HomeGoods/TJ Maxx. I’d love to have you join the fun!

    - The Tablescaper

  14. Laura says:

    Lovely idea! Question: Did you print your picture on your home printer using photo paper?

  15. What a cool project! I love the sweet memories behind it too.

  16. Gorgeous project Laura! Love how you added little touches and the texture!

  17. Soo cute. Love this!

  18. Seriously beautiful Laura! I would love to give this a try!

  19. what a project Laura! I have not seen this technique before – how lovely!!! Thanks for sharing your expertise!!

  20. This is so amazing Laura. You really have a great imagination for doing such a great job with the canvass. I wish I had the same mind and talent. Please keep posting more.

  21. Wendy M. says:

    Very talented. Kudos, Laura! I just tried this but I used Mod Podge Matte. I failed to look for photo transfer, ugh. My next mistake was that I applied the mod podge directly to the canvas then laid the photo face down into the modge podge rather than applying modge podge to the photo itself. I thought I had the instructions straight in my mind. I checked your info and I discovered I had it wrong. Ugh. I hope it comes out okay. I did flip the canvas and used a piece of plastic to smooth it. The plastic was skinny enough to run underneath the wood frame. I got a 16×20 photo from Sam’s Club so it is cheap enough to replace should this mine turn out to be a disaster. Thanks for the motivation though!!!! Your photo is darling!

  22. Laura- Great idea and love the Mod Podge canvas concept. Have you tried taking a single photo and printing it across multiple canvases?

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  24. connie says:

    Beautiful Laura – thanks for sharing. Just a few questions. Did you print your photo on photo paper and what tool did you use to remove any air bubbles? Thank you.

  25. Hi Laura
    I would love to do this but I am confused on Step #3 – after you paint the front of the canvas with Mod Podge what do you mean by place it face down on the canvas wouldn’t that mean you cannot see the photo?
    – I might just be reading it incorrectly.. Also – I don’t understand what you mean about removing the paper – is that the parchment paper that is on top of the photos? Great job I can’t wait to do this! Thank you!

  26. Sharon says:

    Beautiful! I’d like to give this try was just wondering if this would work on a painted canvas?

  27. That’s a really lovely effect with the transfer – I agree. I’m going to have to try it! Thanks for the thorough tutorial :) (We know it takes a lot of time to photo every step and annotate – so thanks for your effort!)

  28. I love love using Modge Podge! I do something similar with my photos onto canvas using Modge Podge and I’m always so happy with the finished product! Glad to see how well the photos come out after applying the Modge Podge. One of my fav’s!

  29. Laura! I LOVE this! I have so many great photos, but I really like to find different days to display them! This is awesome! Thank you!

  30. Bridget says:

    Love this idea…does it matter if it is printed with a laser or inkjet printer?

    • Aneesa says:

      Would also love to know this..I think this is a very important step…as some transfer techniques do not work at all with inkjet printer and only work with laser or photocopies made with Toner ‘ink’. Looking forward to some feedback on this :)

  31. Cheryl says:

    After 24 hrs I sprayed my photo transfer and started to rub gently with a sponge and in several places some of the photo came off??

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