DIY – Vintage Canvas Photo’s

I saw this idea on-line a few weeks ago and just now got around to trying it out!!

Love It!!


  1. Photocopied picture (laser jet copy ONLY)
  2. Blank canvas
  3. Extra heavy Gel Medium
  4. Sponge paint brush
  5. Wash cloth or sponge

Step 1:

Make sure that your photo is the same size or smaller than your canvas. If the picture is larger be sure to trim it before moving along to the next step. If you try to trim it after you will have some pieces that won’t come off… trust me, I tried it!! Also, you want to make sure that you DON’T use the actual photo. It must be a photocopy of a photo. It also must be a laser jet photo.

Step 2:

Take the Gel Medium (see link) and paint a thick layer of the gel onto the surface of the canvas.

Step 3:

Once the Gel has been applied take you photo and place it facedown onto the gel.

Step 4:

Once the Gel has completely dried (I waited for about 12 hours) wet down a wash cloth or sponge and dab the photo until it is completely wet (not dripping, just damp). Once it is wet use your fingers and rub off the paper. The ink from the photocopy should stick to the GEL Medium. The paper should roll right off. Be careful not to rub too hard or else the ink will rub off as well.

Also, don’t worry that some of the paper won’t come all the way off…that’s what gives it a vintagey (yep it’s a word) look!

I love the vintage and antique look that the finished product has!

Spooky …


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