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August 24, 2012
Photo Canvas
by Jenni Bowman

Do you ever see those cool photos that are printed onto canvas and wrapped around a frame? They are so pleasing to the eye, but maybe not as pleasing to the wallet. I made my own photo canvases (in 8”x10” sizes) for only $5 apiece!

And you won’t believe how incredibly easy these are to make!

Here’s what you’ll need:
8x10 photo canvas (can be purchased at Michael’s)
8x10 photo
Scissors or paper trimmer
Matte finish Modge Podge
Sponge brush

1. Take the canvas out of the package. Then take out your photo and lay it on top. When I made mine, I noticed the photo was about 1/8” bigger than the canvas. Just trim it up so the edges aren’t hanging over the canvas. A paper trimmer is good for this project so you can get straight lines. But take care as to not mark up the photo when you are trimming it. I had to lay my photos right side down on the trimmer so they wouldn’t get scratched.

2. Next you’ll paint a generous amount of the matte Modge Podge onto the canvas. Go all the way to the edges.

3. Lay the photo on top and make sure it’s straight. Seal around the edges with the Modge Podge and then paint on top of the photo with the Modge Podge. Ensure you paint all one direction and try to make the lines as straight as possible. It looks a little scary because it makes your picture all white, but don’t worry – it will dry clear. Let dry completely.

4. Take the photo and paint it with Modge Podge again, this time going in the opposite direction you did before. When the photo is dry, you’ll have that “textured canvas” look. To get more defined lines on the canvas you can use a bristle brush. Let dry completely once again and the canvas is ready to hang!

Visit www.jenniboriginals.blogspot.com to read more about Jenni Bowman and see more articles and tutorials.

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About Jenni Bowman

Jenni Bowman, also known as "Jenni B," first delved into her creativity when decorating her new home as a young bride on a small budget. Bit by bit, her skills improved. She appeared on "The Martha Stewart Show" in December 2007, where she demonstrated some of her products on live national television. She has also appeared on "Good Things Utah" and even had her own television show, "Crafting with Jenni B," in rural Virginia.

She has been featured on Make Mine Pink in "Women Who Inspire," an online marketplace designed especially for women. In the Spring of 2009, Jenni was featured in "Artful Blogging" and "Marie", which are Stampington & Company and Somerset Studio publications. She was also listed in Utah Valley Magazine's "50 Most Fabulous People".

Jenni is currently the president of Jenni B Charmed, LLC and enjoys designing jewelry, computer graphics and home accessories. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and young daughter.

Jenni serves as a Relief Society instructor in her home ward.

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