Wednesday, August 12, 2009

how'd she do that??!


here's my mini art gallery aka my master bedroom. :) i'm so pleased with how these canvasses turned out. they have such a clean, fresh minimalist feel to them that i find so relaxing in my bedroom. as promised, here's how i made them.




i purchased several of these inexpensive canvasses at hobby lobby. i waited for the 30% off sale so each canvas was only $4 to $6 each. i used 3 shades of folk art acrylic paint -- blue mist, sea mist and greenscape, using varying degrees of each color on each canvas. i wanted a free form kind of streaky look.



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next i selected a print of one of my original photos and spray mounted it onto an 8 1/2 x 11 4-ply white backing board that i purchased here. i used the palms of my CLEAN hands to smooth the photo down onto the backer.




next i used a sharp xacto blade and a straight edge metal ruler to cut right along the edge of the photo. easy peasy!


then i cut a piece of scrap black foam core (i get FREE odd ball small scrap pieces out of the trash at work) smaller than the print. a coat of mod podge is applied with a foam brush which are the best; i wash them up and use them over and over again.


press the foam core onto the center of the back of the mounted print. this gives the photo the appearance of floating on the canvas.



i put large glue dots on the back of the foam core. these will hold the mounted print onto the canvas and can be removed some day if i want to reuse the canvasses or change the photos out.


the finished canvas is ready to hang!

please let me know if you have any questions at all!! i'd be glad to help. i'll be having a sale on prints in my etsy shop later tonight if i'm very ambitious or tomorrow night if i get distracted by something else.

UPDATE: ••• SALE•••SALE•••SALE•••
Hop on over to my etsy shop where you can get any print of your choice FREE when you buy one print!!

((hugs)) to all of you for all your kind words and support!!

15 comments:

lori vliegen said...

i LOVE it julie!! your beautiful photographs look fantastic gracing the walls of your "gallery"!! that's a great idea to mount them on the painted canvas....it looks really finished without the trouble of a frame! :))

Angela Recada said...

What a great idea! They do look really lovely on your walls. Simple and elegant.

Thanks for the tutorial!

Betsy said...

Don't you just love it when a project comes together perfectly?

steviewren said...

Great idea Julie. I like that way you made the photos float. I also like the way to set some of them off center.

nanatrish said...

These look so clean and wonderful. You have great photos and I could see lots of yours done with this process. You are so creative.

Linda Mahoney said...

gRRRRRRRRRRReat idea! Thanks for sharing!! Looks so relaxing and refreshing. I love it that you can change them out when the mood strikes, too!

Manon Doyle said...

Thank you for sharing Julie! The photos look absolutely amazing in your room!

cindy said...

first of all your new header is such a delight! the three lovely ladies look great. the photo idea is wonderful, too. thank you for showing us. i really like how you mounted them off center and how you grouped photos of similar subjects at different angles. looks great!

Shannon said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS! You are so kind to share your ideas... and like I said before, Mike really wants me to display those prints - so... I'm gonna have to do it! Your walls are ADORABLE with those prints! GREAT WORK!

Julie said...

Oh, I love these! Your bedroom is so beautiful...what a great idea!

katie jane said...

Julie, these turned out to pretty. I really like the way they look in your rooms. They are the kind of art I like in my house; clean, uncluttered simplicity.

Julie-ann said...

What a cool and refreshing idea, they look tranquil!

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

clever! and I love your photos!

...mmm... said...

this was really great to read. Love tips like this. hoep you are well. Long time no hear.

Porch Days said...

Love the way you mounted these photos. Nice look!
Nancy