Sunday, July 26, 2015

Artwork Reproduction Made Easy

All you need is:
Tissue paper
Mod podge
Brush (I used a foam one)
Cheap canvas

I followed simple directions on how to print on tissue paper here, then chose my art and voila!

Step 1.
Cut the tissue paper to the size of your carrier sheet (sheet of paper you will be using to help get the tissue paper through the printer).

Step 2.
Spray one side of your carrier sheet with some light weight spray adhesive. After I spray, I usually dab the paper a little with my fingers so it is not so sticky and become a pain to peel! Trust me, on this one, I have had to redo step 1 through 3 a few times before I could peel it off in one piece but may also depend on the quality of your tissue paper.

Step 3.
Stick the shiny side of the tissue paper down onto the carrier sheet and press lightly. If you press hard, you may have a hard time peeling it off after printing. Try and get rid of as many wrinkles as possible though.  Or not! Sometimes, I like the wrinkles for my vintage reproductions projects.

Step 4.
Print your artwork

Step 5.
Peel the tissue paper off the carrier sheet carefully.
After doing so as indicated on the video, I noticed that it rolled quiet a bit on the edges (maybe because of its large size) so I laid it down on the table and set heavy objects on the corners and edges just to keep the paper from rolling and sticking together while getting the glue on the canvas.

Step 6.
Apply mod podge with a foam brush in sections. I started on the narrower side of the canvas in a up and down motion for about 2 or 3 inches in width and started gluing the tissue paper picture there.

Than I brushed more mod podge for another 2 or 3 inches using the same painting motion and I unrolled some more of the tissue paper to stick it to the canvas making sure to press down really well every time with my fingers to avoid any air bubbles. I continued doing so until the entire picture was glued and I brushed some more mod podge on the edges around the canvas just to be certain that any unglued bits and pieces of tissue paper were well glued.

Step 7.
Now for the finishing touch and to give my artwork a more professional and finished look, I just applied some mod podge all over the canvas in an up and down motion to protect it.

Voila! You are all done.

you can be creative and print a family photo, a nature scene or a kid's artwork image on tissue paper. Your imagination is the limit. This is the easiest way I found to transfer photos onto canvas. I am lucky enough to own a large size printer that can print sizes up to 13x19 inches. It is a Cannon Pixma ix6850. It is wireless and only cost me $140 on amazon with free shipping.

Let me know how this project works out for you.

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