Tuesday, 12 November 2013

DIY: MAKE YOUR OWN PHOTO CANVAS

I'll tell you a story. We're in process of re-designing our sons room. He has grown up, and has outgrown his guardian owls, teddybears and bed for babies.It seems this process will never end, but we're moving...slowly...

End of 2009 - end of summer 2011
End of summer 2011 - beginning of 2013
I'm not going to show you whole room until it is all over, and this story is about PRETTY LADIES ON MOTORCYCLES...with note that bikes must be new models!??!? This came out from mouth of 4 years old boy. I've decided to make a few canvases with some vintage car/motorcycle/train posters, and asked him what does he like more. He said: 'Bikes!', and added:'...but I don't want old ones. They must be new...and, I want pretty lady sitting on it.'

I was speechless. But decided to find a way to make his wish come true, keep my vintage idea and to stay within borders of good taste acceptable for his age.
I must admit, and it keeps bothering me - I'm not satisfied, this tiny bit of conservatism inside me keeps telling me that is wrong to put photos like this on wall...in small child's room :((

But, liberal as my husband and I are - pretty ladies on motorcycles are still hanging there...or better to say it is just one lady, and she is very pretty ;))So, what you need to make your own canvases? I have found many tutorials on web, but none of them with plain photocopy paper. 
I'm sorry for not taking photos of the process :((

FOR ONE CANVAS:

#1 Pre - streched white canvas - you can buy the cheapest one (here, in Croatia it can be found for less than 20 HRK in Offertissima, KIK and similar stores).

#2 Choosen photo or picture printed on laser printer or photocopy (DON'T use inkjet prints. Ink will melt from water and glue).

#3 White, wood glue diluted with water.

#4 Foam roller in size you find suitable for size of photo - in this case, the bigger is better ;)

#5 Much time and will.


#1 THE CANVAS
It should be in size of your photo. The biggest I've made was 70 x 100 cm (around 2.3 x 3.3 ft).

#2 THE PHOTO/PICTURE
You shouldn't feel limited with your printer size. It is not true that every possibility stops on A4 sized paper. 
You need a good software which allows you to clip parts of your image or to print them one by one. So, Photoshop or one of it freeware copies will do.Only thing you must remember is to print out some overlappings on every part of image. This overlaps will be cut on the end, but you need space for finding the best and the least visible place to merge pieces together.

#3 THE GLUE
I love wood glue! It is cheap and very usable. First you must dilute it with water. I can't tell you the best ratio. This glue is pretty dense, and you must dilute it enough to be able spread it over the canvas easily.

#4 FOAM ROLLER
If you have a foam roller long enough to cover the whole width of yout photo, it'll be the best.

#5 THE TIME
Prepare your self, this job will ruin your nerves!

Here is the process:
Spread the glue over the canvas, but don't cover area bigger than the size of your photo/piece of photo because it will dry quickly.
Slightly wet yout first photo part.
Position it on canvas. Press the first edge with roller and continue rolling inch by inch to the other edge. It looks like you're setting the wallpapers. Use the same roller already sodden with glue and water. It has to be watered enough not to stick to your photo.
Be careful! Wet paper will strech easily, so don't push and press too much. If you push it too hard it won't only stretch, but also slide away from its place. Roll until all bumps are gone. If there are some left, don't panic. In drying process they will level themslves leaving just some small scarves...so, nothing serious ;)

When you're done, carefully position your next photo part on glued canvas surface and repeat the whole process trying not to move photo parts ruining joint edge.

When it is all over, let it dry for a few hours and put one coat of varnish just to seal it completely.

So, here it is. First one isn't joined well, but who cares..this one is on top and slightly out of sight ;)







Have a nice rest of the week,
<Marta>

1 comment:

  1. This will surely make a man out of your son. Perhaps he'll grow up to be a biker too. Good choice. Anyway, love the canvass. Pretty simple but attractive. :)
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