I'm no Bob Ross (thinking of you mom ;) so I wasn't about to hand paint anything. Recently I had used some tissue paper on another project, which will be featured soon, so I thought I would give it a try on my mini canvases for the nursery.
I made up this DIY Mini Canvas Giclée. Maybe other people have done this too, but I truly just tried it on my own without any research. This is my method.
- An image that you would like on your canvas
- Mini framed white canvas from Hobby Lobby, or any canvas you would like
- White tissue paper
- One 8.5x11 piece of regular card stock
- Painters tape
- Mod Podge, Flat
- Paint brush
- Annie Sloan dark wax (or any dark wax, or maybe even a dark glaze made from craft paint)
Gather your image, whether digital or already printed out. I had a sheet of Easter images laying around in my old card making supplies. The bunnies were perfect for the baby.
Take your card stock and neatly wrap your tissue paper over it, with the dull side facing out. Fold, cut, and tape it to the back side of the card stock. What you should have is a piece of card stock that is nothing but dull tissue paper on one side, and trimmed tissue paper taped down on the back.
Place your card stock into your printer tray.
Print your image onto the tissue paper. You may need to do a test print on regular paper to see if your image will fit your mini canvas accordingly. Adjust the size as needed.
Remove the tissue paper from your printer and remove it from the card stock. Trim your image so that it will lay almost perfectly onto your canvas.
Remove mini canvas from frame.
VERY CAREFULLY lightly coat the back side of your image with Mod Podge. Try not to get it onto to your fingers. It may rip it! You don't need it perfectly covered, just a decent amount.
Apply your image to the canvas. There will be wrinkles, and that is good!!
VERY CAREFULLY continue to coat the entire front of your image which is now adhered to the front of the canvas. You want the Mod Podge on fairly thick, but not too thick that you can't see your image. Do this step quickly as you do not want the ink to get mixed into the Mod Podge, otherwise you will smear it around.
Allow to dry completely.
Dab a paper towel into your dark wax, and begin to coat your image. Wipe off wax.
Now your image should look antiqued.
Place canvas back into frame, and VOILA!
DIYMini Canvas Giclée!!!