Friday, October 15, 2010

inexpensive way to mount picture prints

I had a large 16x20 primitive portrait print that I could not find an old frame for so I decided to just mount it to a 16x20 canvas frame that I got at a craft store. First I coated the canvas frame with "Modge Podge" (a water-based sealer, glue and finish for all surfaces that you can buy at any craft store) I carefully laid my print (picture side up) on top of the canvas coated generously with the Modge Podge. I then pressed all the air bubbles out by pushing down firmly all around the print. When I was sure that the print was adhered nicely to the canvas I turned the whole thing over and preceded to press out the air bubbles, (this is the hardest thing about this process!) Turn the canvas print right side up again and check for air bubbles, if you have a few that aren't too large don't worry, it seems to correct itself somewhat after the whole thing dries. The next day I took a sanding block and sanded the edges of the print that hung slightly over the canvas. I sanded it because there was not enough of an overhang to cut with a scissors or an exacto knife and you don't want overhang because it can start to lift off over time. After the sanding I took "Delta" Instand Age Varnish (available at the craft store) and coated the picture with it to give it an aged look. I took a paper towel and carefully laid it out onto the wet picture and pressed on it without moving the paper towel and then lifted it straight off, and did that until I had removed all the excess antique varnish. I did this process to make the print look like it was actually painted on the canvas because the texture of the paper towel left a pattern on it when carefully lifted. I then painted the outside of the canvas to match the print so you couldn't tell that I had just modge podged a print to a canvas frame!!! After everything was dry I coated the top and the sides with Modge Podge to seal it all up. Voila', you have what looks like a painted canvas and it was very, very simple!

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