How to transfer pictures on a painter canvas ...

It's like a photos transfer on canvas (collage canvas like) that I offer you to day here using decoupage napkin technics (Called in France decopatch or "serviettage")!

In fact, if your pictures are printed on a enough thin paper , the canvas texture on which they are pasted will appear from below and give them a perfect look of transferred photos ! And if you finish you finish with a layer of matte varnish, the "printed on canvas" look will be strengthened.

Here is a step by step to help you to make your first decoupage photo transfer on canvas.


The necessary equipment and supplies

A painter's canvas mounted on stretchers ... If possible, choose a fabric with a large grain (the texture of the fabric will appear better through the photos). A brush, scissors, a cup for the mod podge.

Cup brush and canvas collage on canvas material

Glue varnish or Mod Podge and acrylic matte varnish (liquitex is a good brand !)

Varnish used to glue this step by step photo collage on canvas  Clear acrylic mat

- Some old newspapers or papaerboard calendars protection (!)
- Your photos ... or images downloaded from Internet and printed on A4 sheets the thinest possible (80g/m² is a maximum) .


Step by step instructions


Start by gathering your photos or pictures and print them on a very ordinary A4 paper (80g/m2)... Do not worry if the colors look dull, it's normal because of the quality of paper that lacks thickness and is traversed by your printer ink ...

Such as my son, whom I intended this frame, is a fan of Dragon Ball Z ... I've been "fishing" on Google images to find a series of pictures of his favorite heroes ... I could put 4 pictures per A4 sheet which I've after cut out.

Images of Dragon Ball Z transfer on canvas

Pour a little bit of glue varnish in the cup:

Pour paint into the cup



Cut out your first image ... at your convenience ... Do not throw scraps of paper, they will be re-used later.

Cut the first images



Start by spreading the center of the canvas with a layer of varnish glue. Put in enough to cover the location of the first picture (beware, it dries quickly enough!)

Spread a little glue varnish


Paste now your first image back...

Bonding the first image

and place it onthe center of your canvas ...

Paste the first image on the canvas

As in the napkin decoupage technique, you can brush glue varnish with the brush on the face of the pic ... this contributes to well soak it and to show, the grain of the canvas under the photo.



Put a little glue varnish on the canvas at the location of your second image ... put your second image by overlapping the first ...

Continue gluing the second image

If you do not like too straight edges, you can tear up the edgesinstead of using scissors ...

Put the nail glue


Paste a new location and place a new image ... Until that you have covered the entire canvas ...

Transfer work almost completed on canvas

Use the scraps to "fill" the possible "holes" .

It'll just happen, after drying, to coat a layer of matte acrylic varnish ... And now ... Done!

Leave to dry ... Hang it!

Photo collage on canvas completed


A photo collage stuck on canvas...

And if you want a full of souvenir photos collage canvas... Apply the same technique of decoupage photos on a painter canvas!

Sort your photos and print them on very ordinarypaper ... Paste them with the decoupage technique on a stretched canvas ...

For this decoupage, I used a canvas size 20F... I added a string with a garland of hearts painted with a dark red coat :

Pell mell of pictures pasted on canvas

Up to you to try! 

Michelle identity