Reported by: Kimberly Brimhall
I have always been a fan of Mod Podge when using wood, but I was not sure how it would translate over onto canvas. I was asked to do some handmade home decor items for a church auction, and knew I was going to be doing canvas art. I was worried about the transport of the canvases, as well as, their ability to withstand being in any location. I decided that decoupaging the outside of the canvas would be a good idea. This would keep all the pieces from moving and falling off. I chose two finishes, each for a different look.
The first finish I used was the Gloss-Lustre finish. I wanted to add another dimension to my canvas that already had many textures. I first painted my 8×8 canvas, picked up at my local Wal-Mart for cheap. I used spray paint for a flawless finish. Before the paint was dry, I laid the canvas (paint side down) on some dry grass I had collected. I added some dry grass pieces from a local field and let it all dry.
I then applied the Mod Podge, paying special attention to the grass areas. I made sure to make even strokes so that it would look smooth. I sprayed some spray adhesive on the tops of the grass to ensure they would not break.
I was very pleased with the result; it turned out just as I had hoped. The grass pieces were intact and would not be trouble to move. I liked that the gloss look matched with the natural look of the grass. It added the right amount of dimension I was going for.
The other finish I tried was the Mod Podge Matte. I wanted something to fade into the canvas that would not compete with the actual design of the canvas.
I first painted the canvas, again using spray paint for a smooth finish. While the paint was still wet, I added my bird silhouette and letters. Then I let it all dry.
I applied the Mod Podge in even strokes, paying close attention around the letters’ edges and the bird. I then let it dry and added my red embellishment with hot glue.
I was pleased with this finish as well. I felt it gave a complete and finished look without adding to the actual design. I am confident that each canvas will be able to stay in one piece no matter where it ends up.
The only downside I had with the product was that on the cheaper canvas, I had some separation on the edges of the canvas. I am not clear on whether it was because I added it after the spray paint or not. If this happens, I would add some sort of adhesive underneath to ensure a flat fit.
- Widely available in craft stores and big box stores
- Lots of varieties, (including SPARKLE!) for all of your crafting needs
- Cute little trial-sized bottles available so you can try them out without buying a ton
- May have caused the canvas to separate from the edge of the frame
I would recommend these products on both wood and canvas. It allowed me to have stability in my projects, as well as adding dimension when needed.
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