If you have tried mounting a photo on a canvas before, the supplies you will need is the same but the process is just more time consuming if you choose to transfer the image instead. These supplies can be bought at your local craft store or department stores. The materials you will need are the following:
- The photo or image that you want to use. This must be printed with ink jet printer on a regular type of paper.
- Ready to use canvas. The size must be the same as the photo or image you want to use.
- Decoupage glue/gel medium
- Spray bottle with water
- Foam/paint brush/rollers
You will be transferring the image on the canvas so keep in mind that the resulting image will be reversed that of the one you printed. To see the reversed image beforehand, print it on reverse to make sure that your resulting image is correct.
Use your foam/paint brush to cover the surface of the canvas with a coat of gel medium. This must be done fast to avoid the medium from drying but make sure the entire surface is covered including the edges.
Now position the image on top of the canvas but the image side must be facing down. Line up the size of the paper with the canvas.
Press down the photo to make sure it sticks to the surface and existing air bubbles will be released.
Before you can continue with the next step, you have to wait for the panel to dry completely. It is recommended to wait at least 24 hours for best results.
Once completely dried, use your spray bottle with water and spray it on top of the canvas. Use a sponge to remove excess water. The same sponge can then be used to wipe the surface gently until the paper used for printing is slowly rubbed off. Don’t worry as the image will remain on the canvas.
Once done, you can coat the remaining image with gel medium to protect your canvas art print. It is now ready to be used anywhere in the house or office you desire.