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DIY Tissue Paper Photo Canvas

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 heartDIY 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
Clear acrylic matte finishing spray
8"x10" canvas
Exacto knife
Photograph of you choice
Home copier
I used an 8 1/2"x11" piece of card stock paper. 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..
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..
I am using a few different photos 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 disclosureyou 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***
Let it dry completely - approximately 5-7 minutes.
Using an exacto knife carefully cut the tape off the back of the card stock.
Using a foam brush I lightly painted a thin layer of Mod Podge directly onto the 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.
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.
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.

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