DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas…

Happy Monday!! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Here in Atlanta the sunshine FINALLY came back after a nine day absence and I am so grateful! The sky was clear and bright  blue for the entire weekend. It rejuvenated and energized my spirit and really got my creative juices jumpstarted!

Jennifer and I were together for most of Saturday doing what we love most – thrifting, antique shopping and blog planning. And by blog planning I mean we discussed home projects that we are each working on, craft projects and new recipes. We can’t wait to share more with you as the weeks progress!

It’s no big secret that I love my family and all things vintage. Today’s project is a combination of the two and near and dear to my heart…DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas. I am in the beginning stages of creating a small photo gallery wall and using mainly vintage family photographs. I first learned how to do this craft over 12 years ago in a craft class. I was thrilled to find the original directions.

This is what I used:

  • White tissue paper for gift wrapping
  • Mod Podge in matte finish
  • Card stock paper
  • Foam brush
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Clear acrylic matte finishing spray
  • 8″x10″ canvas
  • Exacto knife
  • Photograph of you choice
  • Home printer

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.I used an 8 1/2″x11″ piece of card stock paper. The thickness of the card stock is what helps feed the tissue paper into your home printer. I laid out a single piece of tissue paper and cut it slightly larger than the card stock – adding about an extra inch to all four sides..

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.Using tape, wrap each side of the tissue paper onto the card stock. You do not need to use a lot of tape – just enough to hold it into place..

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.

Choose the photo that you want printed on the tissue and sized according to your canvas. Mine is 8″x10″.

Place this card stock and tissue into your paper feed tray according to how your printer prints paper, typically tissue paper side faced down.

I am using a few different photos for different canvases but this one is one of my absolute favorites. This is my mother (on the right), grandmother and aunt standing on a bridge over the St. Johns River in Florida.

This is what it looks like right off the printer…

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.

Using hairspray, lightly spray the entire tissue photo. This sets the ink and keeps it from bleeding and running.

***Full disclosure…you should use aerosol hairspray. Nothing expensive – it can be from the dollar store. I only had misting hairspray on hand. My project turned out great but I had to be super careful with the spray***

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.

 

This is what it looks like right after spraying. Let it dry completely, approximately 5-7 minutes.

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.Using an exacto knife carefully cut the tape off the back of the card stock.

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.Using a foam brush I lightly painted a thin layer of Mod Podge directly onto the canvas…

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.…I then very carefully placed the tissue paper photo onto the canvas. I used a dry foam brush to apply the tiise to the canvas being very careful not to rip the delicate paper.

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.The most important thing is to remove the bubbles. There will be some creases in the paper but I think this adds to the character of the 70 year old photograph. Allow to dry completely – approximately 2 hours.

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.To remove the unused paper edges I lightly wet my finger with water and ran my finger down the edge of the canvas. The edge easily came off – just be sure not to use too much water.

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.The edge isn’t perfect but looks really great – I promise 🙂

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.Here’s my completed art piece hanging on the wall. It’s funny how different backgrounds make the photo look completely different.

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.

DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas - print out a photo from your home computer onto gift wrap tissue paper. Using Mod Podge add tissue paper to canvas.I can’t wait to work on more photographs for my gallery wall. Stay tuned as I hope to have the wall complete within the next couple of weeks. Do you have a gallery wall?

xo-Vicki

Easy Tissue Collage

Comments

  1. says

    Vicki, wow again you amaze me. I never new how to do that but LOVE your vintage picture and it looks amazing on the canvas. Thanks for sharing another wonderful and creative idea. xo Lisa

    • says

      Hey Lisa…I love this photo so much and for so many reasons. My memories of my mom, grandmother and aunt – on the river in Florida where I grew up and a vintage photo. Thanks for the appreciation!

  2. says

    You are seriously THE most creative person I’ve ever met. I can’t wait to share this. You guys are totally awesome!

  3. Carokyn says

    I’m confused… Is there a step or two missing? You wrap tissue on card stock… One thing step mentions “this is what it looks like off the printer”…? Huh? What printer? What went thru the printer? The tissue paper?

    • says

      Hey there Carolyn and Marcia – Our apologies that the directions weren’t clear enough. We have gone back and tried to add more detailed information for this DIY project.

      You wrap the tissue paper around the card stock. The card stock offers thickness to feed the tissue paper into your printer. By lightly taping the tissue to the card stock it holds it into place for better printing. You are selecting your own photo that you wanted printed on the tissue paper in the size that you want.

      Hope this makes more sense – if not we will be very happy to offer more information. Thank you for taking the time to read our post and reach out to us!

      All the best,
      Vicki and Jenn
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  4. Marcia says

    I was wondering the same thing. Seems a couple of steps are missing. At what point did you print the pic & what did you print it on? The card stock w tissue paper attached? Please clarify. Thank you.

    • says

      Hey there Carolyn and Marcia – Our apologies that the directions weren’t clear enough. We have gone back and tried to add more detailed information for this DIY project.

      You wrap the tissue paper around the card stock. The card stock offers thickness to feed the tissue paper into your printer. By lightly taping the tissue to the card stock it holds it into place for better printing. You are selecting your own photo that you wanted printed on the tissue paper in the size that you want.

      Hope this makes more sense – if not we will be very happy to offer more information. Thank you for taking the time to read our post and reach out to us!

      All the best,
      Vicki and Jenn
      2 Bees in a Pod recently posted…Painted Thrift Store FramesMy Profile

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