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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 at the new house 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
- Clear acrylic matte finishing spray
- 8″x10″ canvas
- Exacto knife
- Photograph of you choice
- Home printer
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..
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…
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***
This is what it looks like right after spraying. Let it dry completely, approximately 5-7 minutes.
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.