image transferred to fabric then wrapped around canvas

Hi everyone, this is Maddie again. My mom is letting me share this project that I made for my good friend, Lyndie. We recently graduated from high school and we will be going to different colleges, so I wanted to make her a reminder of our high school days.

I saw this project here on A Beautiful Mess, and I just followed Elsie’s directions. I tried it on a canvas the first time and it didn’t turn out very well. I didn’t get enough of the paper and gel off and it was really cloudy. I decided to move to plan B. I found a piece of fabric from our stash and tried again. I used a black and white photo that was printed from the printer, and gel medium.

photo transfer to fabric

I painted the gel onto the face of the photo, then pressed the photo onto the fabric and let it dry for a few hours.

paint photo with gel medium

To get the photo off the fabric, I sprayed it with water and gently rubbed the paper with my finger. This is where I was very careful, because it’s easy to rub too much off and get all the way down to the fabric, but I also wanted to make sure to take enough off so that it wouldn’t look cloudy. It took longer than I thought it would to do this part.

rub off the paper

Once the fabric dried, I cut it down to a size that I could wrap around the canvas that I used on my first failed attempt. I put some E6000 glue on the back of the canvas and along the inside edge where the wood shows.

E6000 glue on back of canvas

Then I wrapped the fabric around the canvas and tucked it in.

tuck the fabric into the canvas

I decided it needed something else, so I added a blue stripe that matches Lyndie’s room. I dabbed a wet paper towel on the blue stripe to make it look a little messier, so it would go with the rest of the picture. Once the paint dried I painted over the whole image with another layer of gel medium. This is how it turned out:

Lyndie and Maddie canvas

image transfer wrapped around canvas

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12 Responses to Best Friend Canvas

  1. Jenny says:

    I love it! Your daughter is so talented. I hope she’ll still blog while she’s away at college. The canvas came out beautiful and I’m sure her best friend will treasure it.

  2. Donna Wilkes says:

    What a great way to preserve a friendship! You did a wonderful job.

  3. Christine says:

    I truly adore this!! What a beautiful keepsake! Fabulous!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Have a great day! :)

  4. Jeannie says:

    What a different take on some of the other pics on canvas tutorials. Turned out cute!

  5. Rogene says:

    You did a good job Maddie!

  6. This turned out super cute! Sometimes it takes a couple tries to get the look you want. I’m featuring this tonight at the link party! Thanks for linking up!!


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