Mixing Media: Transferring Photographs to Canvas

Can’t decide whether to unleash your inner Van Gogh or your inner Ansel Adams? How about inviting them both out for an afternoon to help you create one of the most highly modish medias today: Photo Canvas Art. With today’s digital cameras and all their flips, tricks, and doo-dads, novice artists are able to create some of the most breathtaking works of art ever; dare I say even Warhol would be rolling in his Technicolor grave?

photo_canvas1You’ll be surprised to find out just how easy it is to transfer photos to canvas – and how many different ways there are to do it. Further, the outcome can be simply outstanding. Many times, a stretched canvas can make a snapshot appear as though it was painted or drawn rather than printed, and that in itself can be enough of a creative splash to add to your wall décor.

But you can get so much more playful with your transferred photos, particularly if you do not have them professionally transferred.

Here’s one idea:

  1. Tape a piece of transfer paper (graphite side-down) onto a blank canvas, and your photograph (which can be simply printed from your computer on plain white paper)
  2. Using a sturdy writing utensil (a pencil is recommended in case you need to erase), trace over the lines, features, and other elements of the print.
  3. The details you sketch over will be left behind in graphite on the canvas, ready for your imagination to take over and fill in with the medium(s) of your desire: pastels, gesso paint, watercolor – or invite your tots to take part with finger paint – the sky’s the limit when it comes to this new, chic art form.

Author: Six Art

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