I’ve seen She Art by Christy Tomlinson a few times (though I didn’t know it was called She Art) and I love it. Especially the mixed media canvases … So, when Quirky Twerp/Arty Pants came out with her Femme – Joyous kit (The first in her Femme line). I just had to play with it. The layout I created digitally is what I would have created on a canvas and I was thrilled with the end result. So thrilled, that I wanted to actually see it on canvas.
So, I hit the internet for instructions on transferring an image onto a canvas. Most instructions I found about transferring images onto canvas specifically call for laser printed images, NOT inkjet printed images. In fact, they warn you against using inkjet images, because the ink runs. But, when I get an idea in my head, I don’t want to wait (patience is not my best virtue). I reasoned that my inkjet printed image had a mixed media feel to it, so I didn’t mind if it wasn’t exactly perfect. So, I set off to transfer my image onto a canvas.
Before we get started on the instructions… I want to show you the awesome products I used. First up is Quirky Twerp/Arty Pants Femme – Joyous layered stamp kit. I love that the “She” doll is a layered file. You can clip any combination of paper to her and change her look completely.
Next up is My Altered Life, a Digichick Boutique Collab kit. I love the bright messy-ness of this kit. I didn’t use much of it… only the leaf shape and the hearts, but I feel they really added the pop my artwork needed.
To complete this project you will need the following supplies:
- Femme – Joyous layered stamp kit
- My Altered Life digital kit
- 8 x 10 inch canvas
- Mod Podge
- Foam or paint brush to apply the Mod Podge
- 8.50 X 11 inch standard printer paper
Okay, let’s get started….
- Open a new 8.50 x 11 inch file in your photo editing software. Create your design to fit in an 8 x 10 area but extend the background out to 8.50 x 11 (so that you can fold the design over the edges of your canvas).
- Once you are satisfied with your design, but sure to flip it horizontally to create a mirror image.
- Print on standard printer paper.
- Bush a lot of Mod Podge on the canvas
- Brush a lot of Mod Podge on the printed side of the paper
- Place paper face down over canvas so that both mod podged surfaces meet.
- Smooth out air bubbles (I used the side of a credit card)
- Fold and Mod Podge your paper over the edges of the canvas
- Let it sit for at least 2 hours (or even overnight would probably be best). I waited the 2 hours… I did tell you that patience is not my best virtue, didn’t I?
To test it, I wet a small area on the corner and began to rub the paper off. The image was staying, so I knew I could begin the paper removal process.
Next, you’ll want to use water to wet the back of the paper (I used a sponge). Then begin rubbing the paper off using your fingertips. It takes a while, so turn on the TV and rub away. Re-wet as needed and be sure not to press down too hard as you are rubbing… you don’t want to stretch your canvas. Also, be sure to put some newspaper down first. It makes clean up so much easier…. You will have tons of soggy rolled up paper bits.
It was coming along, but there was still a paper film on the surface, so I did one last rub down.
At first, the final paper removal was a bit disappointing. I realized that there were areas where the Mod Podge had settled in wrinkles and pockets under the paper. In these areas, all the inks sort of puddled together covering the image. You can see it the most on the top right hand corner. The pink circles and the goldish-green background color sort of melted into each other and the grid looking area became almost invisible. You can also see how some of the orange and pink inks formed a peachy color that puddled over the project. (You can see it well on the newspaper print.) I also had a few air pockets that had created little craters in the Mod Podge.
Not willing to throw in the towel just yet, my final step was to brush on a final coat of Mod Podge over the canvas. As soon as it began to dry, these small little white bubbles started to appear. It was at this point that I considered this little experiment a failure (yes, there was cursing involved)… and I went to bed.
I don’t know if it’s was the dawning of a new day that did it or just a fresh perspective, but when I looked at it in the morning, I LOVED IT. I wasn’t comparing it to the computerized version, as I had been doing the night before. Instead, I looked at it on its own… and I appreciated the puddles and craters and bubbles… all those imperfections made it look like “Art”.
The only thing that still bugged me was the word bits… They were under the area that puddled the most and it certainly didn’t look like covering up the words was an intentional part of the design. So, I decided to print and cut out the word bits (and the necklace heart) and glued them to the canvas. I also grabbed a black sharpie and retraced the boxes around the 2 words. Again, they were too smudgy looking. That did it. It was the finishing touch the piece needed.
And voilà, my masterpiece is complete. With the holiday season upon us, I contemplated giving it away as a gift, but in the end decided to keep it… it now hangs in my office/craft room and I enjoy it every day.
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