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Tissue Paper To Canvas Photo Tutorial

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I love the look of canvas. A few years ago I found printable canvas but then the store sold out and I have not found it since. Since I had my Mod Podge in the living room tonight, I decided to see what other projects I could complete. I came across information about printing on tissue paper then transferring it to canvas. Well, I had several mounted canvas upstairs – and I was unable to get all the wedding photos I wanted printed onto canvas, so I thought why not?

Now, I am not an expert at working with tissue paper. In fact, today with the candles – and now the canvas – is the first time I have attempted this. My photos have wrinkles in them – but that is ok. Part of the problem was the tissue paper itself was wrinkled and I had no idea – other than to attempt to lay it under a towel and iron it – how to get it smooth. The problem is I can’t find either of my two irons. Thus, I just had to deal with the wrinkled tissue paper. It does create an aged look – and I do like that.

So here is how I made my wedding canvas.

The first thing I did was gather my supplies – white tissue paper, cardstock, Mod Podge, canvas, scissors and scotch tape.

I spread out the white tissue paper and realized I could lay two 8 1/2 by 11 sheets of cardstock on it with enough room between them to cut and tape the edges of the tissue paper to the back of the cardstock.

I started by taping the top and bottom of the tissue paper to the top and bottom of the cardstock, then I carefully cut the area of tissue paper between the two sheets of cardstock.

Once the two sheets of cardstock were separated, I taped the side edges in place on the back of the cardstock.

Then I chose my photos, right clicked on them and told them to print. I made them different sizes so they fit onto the canvas. I ended up with one 8 1/2″ by 11″ and five 3 1/2″ by 5″.

I laid the first tissue paper covered cardstock into the printer and told the computer to print.

Once it came out of the printer, I placed the next sheet into the printer and hit print again. I continued in this fashion until all my photos were printed.


Then I cut them out, discarding the cardstock.

I laid them out on the canvas arranging them how I wanted them.


Once I was happy with the layout, I carefully removed them – in order – so I remembered how I wanted them placed back on the canvas.


I started at the top of the canvas, spreading the Mod Podge in a thin layer until a large enough area was covered that I could lay the largest of the photos into place. This is the hardest part. You have to go slow – and it might have been easier if I would have had a second set of hands. The tissue paper will tear – and wrinkle. You can move it around some, but not much. In fact, I tore a tiny corner of mine, but there was not a lot I could do to fix it at that point.

I continued on around the canvas, spreading thin layers of Mod Podge and adding photos until the entire canvas was just the way I wanted it.


I allowed the Mod Podge to dry for 20 minutes.

I spread a second layer on the top of the photos making sure to cover the edges – and I overlapped the Mod Podge onto the edge of the canvas as well. At this point, I could have added embellishments such as sayings, stickers, glitter, whatever I wanted to add that would enhance the photo – but I chose not to.

I allowed this layer to dry for another 20 minutes and did a third layer of Mod Podge over the top and edges of the canvas.

Once this layer is dry – and I will let it dry overnight, I can have the canvas framed or hang it just like it is.

It really was that easy to make and it looks nice – even with the wrinkles! In time, I am sure I will learn how to work with tissue paper. I don’t think I did too bad for my first attempt. What do you think?

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