Saturday, February 1, 2014

DIY Photo Canvas

There are a few different do-it-yourself techniques on how you can create a photo canvas on your own without spending a fortune. Today, we are going to show you one way using tracing paper.

1 Sheet of Strathmore Tracing Paper
DecoArt Patio Paint in Woodland Brown
DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic in Spun Gold
Mod Podge
Ranger Multi Medium Matte or Gloss (available on our online store HERE)
The photo was printed on tracing paper with an inkjet printer.

1.  Print a black and white photo onto the tracing paper. Be sure the ink is completely dry before starting this project.

You can choose to use any acrylic paint in the colors you desire, but for this project, Christy used brown as the main color.

2.  Mix the two paints together and apply the paint to all four sides of the canvas. Also apply the paint to the inner edges of the front of the canvas. Let dry completely.

Paint the inner edges of the front of the canvas.

3.  Apply Mod Podge to the front of the canvas, in the area where you will be placing the tracing paper. Lay the tracing paper (print side up) onto the area of the canvas where the Mod Podge was applied. The paper will naturally ripple, creating a textured effect.

4.  Apply the mixed paint around the edges of the tracing paper to blend into the edges of the canvas. Set the canvas aside to let dry.

5.  Place a small amount of  Ranger Multi Medium into a bowl, and mix in some of the paint. This will create a tinted overlay onto the photo.

6.  Apply the Ranger Multi Medium to the entire canvas (including the sides) to seal it. This will create a matte finish. Set aside to dry before displaying.

You can purchase the Ranger Multi Medium Matte or Gloss HERE.

If you wish to print this tutorial, download the PDF file HERE.

For more crafting tutorials, visit our Project Gallery HERE.


  1. Thank you for the post. The canvas looks very vintage, which is definitely popular right now! What are your options for frames for regular photos, and do you have custom sizes?

    Rachel Zane | <a href=">Dallas Frame & Arts</a>

    1. Good morning Rachel, I apologize for being so late at replying to your message. After some changes in the office, it fell through the cracks. As far as frames, we have a full-service Frame Shop located in our store. They have a huge selection of ready-made frames and also do custom framing. Here's the Frame Shop webpage: Of course, a visit in the store, or a call to our framers will give you more ideas and details. 360-794-6745 ext. 127.