Sunday, May 8, 2011

Image to canvas transfer with Mod Podge

I came across this on Facebook the other day, courtesy of Mod Podge Amy herself (hi!).  I traveled to two blogs that explained this process wonderfully.  They are...Creative Carmella and Life Without Whiteout.

Here's what I came up with!

It's such a great procedure I'm kind of embarrassed I haven't encountered it before now.  First, you have to print an image.

An antique key from The Graphics Fairy? Sure, you bet.  Just remember that you will be flipping your image over, so letters won't work.  Unless you know how to make a mirror image, at which point I will say I'm not worthy of you, and ask you how you did it.

Get your trusty Mod Podge and paint over your canvas, and your printed image.  Then flip your image over onto the canvas...Mod Podge to Mod Podge.  Smooth out your paper and leave alone for at least a half hour.  I made granola while I was waiting today (yummy).

Get a damp cloth, slightly wet the canvas, and peel off the paper.  Your image will stay on the canvas! Excellent, right? Right.

The peeling part is a little time consuming and messy, but totally worth it.

 I played around with a silver marker, some self stick black pearls, and fibers.  Not too shabby for my first attempt at this process.  I am definitely trying it again soon.

I hope you all enjoyed your Mother's Day festivities today!

The Graphics FairyWeekend Bloggy Reading


  1. what a fabulous idea! Love your results. To flip an image of a single letter or word, I'd recommend opening the image file in Microsoft Picture Manager, then copying (ctrl-c) to Microsoft Power Point (ctrl-v). There, you can use the horizontal flip function. Click Arrange-Rotate-Flip Horizontal. There are probably better approaches, but this is the extent of my knowledge. Hope you had a happy mother's day!

  2. What a great idea! I'm going to try this out today :) My printer has a "print reverse image" option in the little box that pops up, maybe yours does too! Otherwise I flip it in photoshop.

  3. How Fun! Great the key!

  4. Oh - I forgot to mention (although it is probably obvious to you) that after you flip the image, right click on it and select Save Picture to save just the image in jpg format. Clearly saving in powerpoint format won't do you much good if you want to work with the jpg file in another program.

    I use powerpoint a lot to assemble separate image files together, then group them and save as a single unified image. Again, there's probably a better way, but I just don't know what it is yet.

    :) Diane

  5. Very cool. On the text, many programs have an option when you go to print that's really easy to overlook. In mine, on the print screen along with options, properties etc. there's a box you can check that says "print reverse for iron on printing" etc. I think you have Printmaster right?

  6. Love this! Thanks for sharing. I never knew you could do this with Modge Podge! (visiting from The Graphics Fairy)

  7. How pretty! Thanks for giving me a shout out too...I was getting a few looks from your page today and came over to see why that was :)
    I love your art work soooo much!
    PS: I am your newest follower!

  8. Thanks for the shout out!! I love this key, Vintage-y = Love! I am gonna stay a while and look around :)

  9. That looks so neat! I love the layered and "peeled" effect. Great job. :)

    Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :) Hope you'll stop by Serenity Now again soon! :)

  10. You can flip images in Paint, or if that doesn't work to your liking, download Gimp. It's a free version of photoshop and mirroring images is a snap.

  11. Does this work with a laser print or does it have to be an inkjet?

  12. hi! thanks for the tutorial! I was wondering if you used and inkjet printer, and even if you didn't, do you know if it works. I don't' have a laser. Any help would be great. Thanks!


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