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How to Make Picture Perfect Canvas Prints

By Edited Apr 25, 2016 0 0

A canvas print can be an affordable and luxurious accessory to the décor of any room in your house. Canvas printing can be done from a personal photograph, a personal artwork, pop art, or a classical masterpiece. If you wish to make your own canvas print from your photos or artwork, here are she tseps you should follow.

You can buy canvas from any nearby crafts store. Canvas is not expensive – expect to pay around $4 for an 8 x 10 inch piece of canvas. For a little bit more, you can buy a canvas that is already mounted on a wooden frame.

You will also need at least 50 centimeters of 100% cotton cloth, a picture printed on photo transfer paper, scissors, an iron, and a staple gun.

Choose a photo. Think of a photo that you would be proud to display in your home or to give as a gift. Be sure to take a camera along to special occasions and vacations. You never know when you will be able to take a photo that you can later turn into a print.

Once you have chosen your photo, you can then start to prepare the canvas. Cut it out, making sure to leave a 3-inch border.

Now transfer the photo that you have chosen to your computer. You can adjust its size to fit the canvas exactly, or you can choose to leave a border.

Print out your photo on photo transfer paper. Be sure to choose good quality photo paper from a reputable brand such as Canon or HP. You can print out your photo in black and white or color.

Iron the printed photo onto the cotton material. Once this is done, flap the cloth around for a couple of minutes to make sure that it is dry. Then you can remove the photo.

Place the photo transfer on top of the canvas and position it according as you desire. Then turn the canvas over with care, making sure that the cotton transfer is still in place. Pull the cotton cloth taut and staple it twice on each side. Then put two more staples each in the top and bottom of the frame. Do not fret if the staples are not exactly straight. No one will see the back of the picture anyway.

Turn the corners in and fold it. Imagine that you are wrapping a gift and do the exact same thing to the cloth. Then staple the corners to the frame. Make sure that you have pulled the cloth taut as you do this to make sure that the cloth does not wrinkle. Remove excess fabric from the back. Then staple the leftover cloth to the middle of the frame. Do it one staple at a time.

Then sit back and view the beautiful canvas print that you have created. Each print will be unique, just as each photograph is special. You can immortalize your friends, loved ones, favorite landscapes and even your pet on canvas. Once you have gotten the hang of canvas printing, you may be inspired to make many more canvas prints.

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