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Monday, 14 May 2012

DIY: Canvas Transfer

At the beginning of the year, whilst reading the numerous projects from A Beautiful Mess, I came across the Canvas Transfer project. My Mum loves canvas prints so I thought I'd create this little project with her in mind for Mother's Day. This year would be my Nan's 70th Birthday so a photo or her Mum, given to my own Mum, on Mother's Day seemed perfect.

At first I wasn't happy with the outcome as the black parts of the image still showed the paper residue. Although I've come to quite like the distressed look of the canvas and the ghostly finish.

If you want to create a canvas like this hop over to A Beautiful Mess here. Her instructions are nice and simple. The only things I would add are:

I'm not sure what the effect is if you use a colour photo. The black and white works well as the paper residue doesn't show up on the white or light grey parts of the transfer. I found it difficult to remove it from the black parts of the image though. Have a black felt tip handy to neaten up if you feel it needs it.

Tip: if you're in the UK, I bought the gel used to transfer the image onto the canvas from Hobbycraft.

This is something I'd definitely attempt again. If you try this let me know your tips or share the outcome of your finished piece by posting your links below.

L x


  1. Loving your craft post! I really want to try this - might do some mini ones and make a collage of canvasses.

  2. I have thought about getting 4 mini square canvas and transfering an image across all 4 of them. When you mount them on the wall, leaving an inch or so gap between them it could give a really nice effect. L x

  3. That is such a great idea. I love the ghostly somewhat distressed feel to the image - really adds something!

    1. It does, doesn't it?! So easy to create too. A great gift if you can get it right. It has grown on my mum. She tends to stick to things that are flawless.


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