Faux Canvas Gallery – so easy a 5 year old can do it

    Faux Canvas Gallery – so easy a 5 year old can do it


    My daughter, Julia, received my point-and-shoot ‘grown-up camera’ when I received my new camera this Christmas. You may think that I’m crazy giving an expensive camera to a 5-year old. All of the fears can come out – multiple fingerprints on the lens, dropping it on the ground, submerging it in water…..the list goes on. After thinking about it, I decided that I could accidentally do any of these things myself. Rather that casting the camera into the junk drawer, Julia and I go on photo safaris to the beach, zoo, park, and even our backyard every weekend. As a result, I have over 5,000 pictures on my computer. It appears that my MacBookPro is about to crash, so we are doing projects with our images before we potentially lose them forever. Our first project is a photo gallery of her images.


    • 9 8×10 photos printed at Costco (I could probably use a laser printer, but it is only $1.99 per print at Costco): $18
    • 10 stretched 8×10 stretched canvases: $12 with the 40% off coupon from Michaels
    • Mod Podge Matte: $7
    • Black acrylic paint: $1.69
    • 2 foam brushes: 50 cents



    Assemble all of the supplies and place on newspaper or a surface that can get dirty.

    place mod podge on canvas
    place mod podge on canvas

    Using the foam brush, place a small layer of Mod Podge on the front of the 1st stretched canvas.


    Place the image, facing up on the canvas. Remove any air bubbles. Don’t worry about smudging or tearing the picture. Since you are using an actual photograph instead of cheap copy paper, you can be rough with the image. All it to dry.


    Smear a thin coat of Mod Podge on the top of the picture. It will appear cloudy as you apply it but will dry to a clear finish.


    Place a blank canvas – canvas side down, on top of your picture and lift carefully. Don’t worry if you mess up the first time. You can repeat until you get the texture on the top of your image that appeals to you.


    Allow it to dry and repeat with the rest of the canvases.

    Paint the edges of the canvas black. It is ok if you smear a little on the sides. It will add character to the finished image.

    Hang on the wall and Voila! You have a photo gallery!

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