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« on: February 05, 2005 10:20:58 AM »

I wanted to share a project I made using iron-on transfer paper and a pre-strectched canvas I got at BigLots for $2!

I wanted a cool way to display pics of my kids without it being too cheezy, so I doctored some photos in Photoshop and then printed each one on a piece of transfer paper and then ironed them on one by one onto the canvas. The only tricky part was finding something to put behind the canvas (since it is framed with wood) to give me some support. I used a book with a hard cover.

Also, as you can see, some part of it flaked off. So, I made some super thick instant coffee and dabbed it on the exposed canvas to make it look a little aged and not so bright white. (like I did it on purpose! Ha!)

I still need to seal it to make sure no other pieces flake off, but I think it looks pretty cool. And having done it once, I think I could do another without as many pieces flaking off.


:: christy ::

PS - the photo is cropped a bit - the top row of photos and the bottom row are the same size.
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2005 10:51:28 AM »

What a great piece of art! How big is the canvas you used?
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2005 10:58:31 AM »

I think it was just a 16" x 20", but you could go as big as you want to piecing the iron-ons together.

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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2005 07:26:37 PM »

Wow, what a great idea! I love that!

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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2005 03:43:56 PM »

This is really wonderful, and I think the flaking is perfect too, its gives it that bit of "age"....
very nifty piece! ;0)

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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2005 09:14:43 AM »

Great Job!  I've been looking for something like this for a long time.  Very Rockin'.  I agree;  how boring are standard childern's photos??  And posed ones make me vomit.

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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2005 03:11:34 AM »

I really like the Andy Warhol effect you used!! Very fun and creative and suitable to this project, I think.

I just posted a bunch of the same thing in the paper craft section. So if you don't mind, I will make a couple of suggestions.

First, to decrease the peeling press for at least five minutes.

Second, use acryllic paint and water to tone the canvas before you transfer (you can even press embossed objects on the paint to give textures) Sandpaper it to distress the canvas before you transfer.

Third distress some more after you've transferred to really make it look intentional.

Fourth, spray with Kamaar Varnish to help preserve the finish.

I hope you don't mind but I've been experimenting with this for awhile and love to see others doing neat things.

BTW a link to mine if you are interested:

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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2005 01:33:32 PM »

Did you iron one, then another, then another?
Maybe if you lay it out the way you want it to look, then iron them all at one, that would cut down on the peeling too?
Just a thought  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2005 01:54:30 PM »

i LOVE the flaking and the colors
its super awsome
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2005 04:50:24 PM »

That is way cool and I am another who likes the flaking!
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