Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Photo on Canvas - DIY Project

I love pictures, and I especially love unique ways of displaying them.  I have always loved photos on canvas, but have never loved their price tag.  When looking for gift ideas for my parents' birthdays, I decided to turn to the blogging world for some ideas.  I did my research and found a million tutorials on DIY photos on canvas.  Some of them used tissue papaer for a distressed look and some used photos.  After reading many ways, I decided to go to the craft store, buy what I needed and give it a try.  I was very happy with how mine turned out, so I'm sharing how you too can create a beautiful photo on canvas (with an affordable price tag).

What you will need:
  • Photo - printed in Matte
              - mine is an 8 x 10
  • Canvas - same size as your photo
  • Mod Podge - Matte
  • Acrylic Paint - I used black for a black and white picture
  • Paint Brushes and a foam brush
  • Towel - just for smoothing

Step by Step Instructions:

#1  Paint the edges of your canvas, and paint inwards enough so that you won't see any white canvas once your photo is applied

#2  While that dries, cut 1/8 of an inch off of each edge of your photo so that there is no overlapping of your photo over the cavas.  You want a nice border of canvas around your photo.

#3  Once your paint has dried, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the canvas and to the back of your photo.  Place the photo onto the canvas, carefully.  Smooth it out with a soft towel to make sure there are no bubbles.

#4  Paint the edges of your photo/canvas.  This is up to you as to how thick or thin you want your border but it looks nice with a vintage feel.  I suggest practicing on something else before taking the paint to your photo.  Lightly dab your foam brush into your paint, you want it to feel almost dry, and paint the edges.  It looks nice to have the paint a little thicker in the corners, almost like triangles.

#5  Once your paint dries, you want to apply a final layer of Mod Podge.  Again, I suggest practicing your strokes on something other than your photo.  I painted the edges of the canvas first, so that any extra Mod Podge that accumulated on the photo could be smoothed out when I did the top.  For the actual photo, you want to apply a very thin layer of Mod Podge, and for a textured canvas look, you want to use artist stroked (almost making X's) all over.  Try not to overlap the mod podge too much.   It will look very milky white until it dries, so don't get scared.  Once it dries, its beautiful!

What I learned for next time:
  • Make sure to cut 1/8 inch off of each side of your photo.  For my first one, I thought that seemed like it was cutting too much off of my photo so I didn't trim it that much, but the photo went to the edge a little too much.  You want a nice border of canvas around your photo.
  • Practice how you want your painted edges to look first.  This is hard because it looks different everytime, but you can get a feel for how to do it consistently.
  • Do not place your canvas on a paper towel after your have applied Mod Podge all over it.  It will stick and not come off.  Duh!  (I used an upside down paper plate for my second one)
  • Don't apply your final layer of Mod Podge in perfect layers.  It will create lines from one layer to the next and that can be difficult to smooth out.
  • Make sure your thoroughly rinse off / soak the brush you use for your Mod Podge when you are done.  I must not have cleaned mine well enough, so I had hunks of dried glue in my brush for my second canvas...not easy to fix!
  • Do not leave your supplies, especially your Mod Podge, on your dining room table when you have a 2 year old!  They will open the Mod Podge, stick all your paint brushes in it, and make a big mess of it!  Ugh!
I think that's it!  This is such a fun, affordable, beautiful photo project, and a great budget friendly gift idea!  Good luck!

**If you're not feeling crafty, feel free to contact me.  I charge $25 for an 8x10 or $30 for an 11x14.  I would be happy to help you out!** 

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Glimpse of Our Busy Weekend

My weekend off was full of get togethers! We were non-stop all weekend and we're all exhausted!  Friday was a long workday for me, 10am - 8:30pm, but I had Saturday and Sunday off.  Our weekend went a little like this...

  • Up at 6:30am to make my Dad's photo on canvas **more on that later**
  • Got ready for the day...Coffee, showers, breakfast
  • Lunch at Nonna's House with John, Casey, and Blake (Scott's mom, brother, his fiance' and their sweet baby boy)
  • Alyssa and Blake...they look related I think
    Nonna and Blake
    Keira and Aunt Casey
    Finally got some smiles
    Scott and Blake (excuse that shadow)
    Tummy Time!
    This child is mesmerized by television!

  • After leaving Nonna's house, the girls fell asleep in the car so I went in Kohls while Scott drove them around to at least let them catch a little bit of a nap
  • Came home, let Cooper out, and got re-ready to go right back out to Brenda's to celebrate my Dad's birthday

    Grampy's Birthday
  • Sunday was early service church, grocery store, and Austyn's birthday from 2-4 (Austyn is Nick's youngest son - Nick was Scott's very best friend that just passed away last March at 25 years old, very sad)
  • We went through McDonalds for dinner and came home to finally get in some relax time with just us.  I did manage to straighten up, do some laundry and start the dishwasher, but for most of the night we were all 4 piled on the sofa together...our favorite place to be!
  • And we hit a milestone last night...Keira slept IN her bed last night all night!  She usually falls asleep in the floor in front of the door after screaming for us to come get her.  She started that last night, screaming "Momma open the door! Open the door!  I don't like the door closed! I don't like the door closed!"  So I decided to go ask her if she would sleep in her bed if I left the door open.  She said "Uh Huh."  I just knew after a few minutes, she would come tip toeing down the hall and climb into our bed, but to our suprise she stayed tucked in her little bed with her huge comforter and a million and one stuffed animals ALL night...what a relief!
Back at work today so not much time to catch up, but thankful to have spent every second with my amazing husband and my precious girlies!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Alyssa Nickole at 6 months

Alyssa turned 6 months old on the 12th of this month.  At her dr's appointment this past week, she was determined to be a healthy baby girl with the following info...

Weight:  14 lbs 6 oz (17%) - Petite
Height:  26.75 inches (82%) - Very long!
Head:  16.75 inches (51%) - Right on track

Her Hemangioma has not grown anymore but has not gone down in size either.  That is a good sign though.  They usually continue growing throughout infants' first year of life, so the fact that hers is not growing is great.  It is still purplish around the edges but beginning to disappear and become white in the center, and it's barely raised.  I was worried the first time that I researched hemangiomas because googling it can be very scary, but Alyssa is lucky in that hers is small and not growing.  In fact, I think it's adorable.  It's shaped like an upside down heart, which definitely suits her oh so very sweet personality.  It's kind of sad that it will eventually disappear completely (most likely) but I'm sure that's what she would prefer when she is older anyway.

Alyssa is still not sitting well alone.  She is very wobbly and can only sit upright for a couple of seconds before falling over.  The doctor said that's fine but that she may be a little later crawling and walking.  She said their personalities can affect how quickly they do these things.  So we have determined that she is a lazy baby =)  It's all good though.  I guess I'll just have to keep holding her...darn!  ;)

Here are a few pictures of my baby girl at 6 months (and a few with her big sister)...

(My white balance was accidentally set wrong on a few so ignore the bad coloring)