Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words and a Fantastic Photo Canvas Tutorial

A picture paints a thousand words and I absolute love the one below. Sometimes I don't think I take the time to really appreciate the moments they capture. So I thought I'd share this one with you today.
 This piccie has found it's way onto the blog before. But I didn't really write about it. For me it's so much more than a beautiful sunset. This moment was captured in April 2011 in Darwin, Australia. I met Andi here (well not exactly in this romanitc setting) in 2010 and was visiting him while he still worked there. This marked the last day of a holiday which had changed my life. I am not exaggerating. If you had asked me a year before if I would be returning to Australia for only 10 days, flying half way around the world to spend time with a boyfriend who needed to stay there indefinitely, I would have thought you were crackers.

But I did and I will never forget any moment I had throughout the whole time. When this photo was taken, we had 24 hours left together before I went back to my life in England. Back to weekly phone conversations and no fixed knowledge of when he would be back in Europe. You can imagine that my feelings were a jumble of gratitude, over-whelming uncertaintly and even more consuming love. If I could have expressed my opinions at this moment, it would be with this photo. It was like the sky had read my mind and produced my feelings in a blaze of colour. We watched the sky until it became dark and then it was time to head home.

I have been meaning to get this picture changed into a canvas print for a long time. In truth, I can't afford it. Every spare £1 is being invested in the 'save up to live in Germany' fund.

Help might be at hand! Let me introduce you to the marvellous Myranda who is here today sharing an awesome tutorial with you guys on how to make a cheap, but classy photo canvas at home. 

Hello Craftbotic readers, I am so glad that Rosie is featuring my post today! My name is Myranda and I blog over at Pretty Living PDX, you can go here to find out more about me. On my blog you will find posts about our family life, my weight loss and our journey to healthier living. 

I love the look of photo canvases, they are so gorgeous and they look amazing hung on the walls. I have one problem with them, the cost! They are outrageously priced, an 8 x 10 canvas will set you back about $40 plus shipping, yikes. I am a bargain shopper, so there is no way I am paying $40+ per canvas. Naturally I did what any sane person would do and I went to Pinterest. There are so many great crafts on Pinterest and I came across this tutorial for making your own photo canvases, I was in. 
Today I am going to share with you how to make these photo canvases, for under $15!
-8 x 10 photo
-Paint (I used black)
- Modge Podge
-8 x 10 stretched art canvas

(Another Pinterest trick)
 I chose black paint because it blended in better with my photo edges. 
  • Let the paint dry (2 hours or so)
  • Trim photo edges (if desired)
  • Attach Photo to Canvas

Now this next part is scary, because it looks like you will ruin it...but trust me you won't. 
Use the brush and apply modge podge on top of the photo, it will appear milky, then dry clear. 
(Make sure you get good coverage so it looks even)
Let the modge podge dry well and voila, you will have a photo canvas for under $15!

That my Craftobotics is an easy DIY photo canvas, thank you Rosie for letting me share this tutorial and please come by Pretty Living PDX and say hello!

How awesome is that! I will need to give this a try VERY soon (well as soon as all of my craft endeavours aren't going towards the fair).
In the meantime, go and check out her blog soon. She's bursting with ideas.

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Cocalores said...

What a great story! Just imagine when someone tells this as your wedding toast (yes, I'm trying to kindle your wedding fever flames)! And this photo is beyond stunning =)

Tami Marie said...

That picture is gorgeous. :)

Chelsea Dawn said...

Such a great idea, I have always wanted to make photo canvases. Thanks for sharing!!! :)

Ang said...

i am so impressed!! :) love this idea! pinning for later!

Alex Butts said...

Wow, what a photo to capture those memories!


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