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DIY: Canvas Painted Print, How to

DIY: Canvas Painted Print, How to | Annie Johnson - Design Love Life

Meet Jordy! This is a painting I finished for my little brother as a graduation gift! I’m so incredibly proud of Luke, who he’s become and the new path he starting this month. The reason I painted a picture of Jordy, Luke’s pup, is that Jordy is a rescue and I truly think both Luke and Jordy saved one another. Such a blessing and makes my heart glow.

I’ve had many people ask me how I created this piece. I decided why not create a post and share with all! Here is a step by step how to created a canvas painted print.

You’ll Need:

  • A picture of choice
  • Photo editing tool: I used photoshop, but you can use any app or tool to create a sketched feel. There are many photoshop tutorials out there, here is one example.
  • A blank canvas of any size: I purchase a 3 pack of 24×30 stretched blank canvas for $35 on ebay.
  • Archival glue: I purchased this glue years ago in college, but here is something similar.
  • Engineer or Architecture print: These prints are very cheap, around $3 a piece for a poster sized print. I purchased mine from the UPS store.
  • Acrylic paint, palette and brushes: I have all of these at home already, but here is the same paint that I use.

DIY: Canvas Painted Print, How to | Annie Johnson - Design Love Life

Close up…I used blues, greens and yellows to mimic the brindle texture of Jordy’s fur and give more dimension to the over all print.

DIY: Canvas Painted Print, How to | Annie Johnson - Design Love Life

And there it is! The overall process wasn’t the easiest – definitely trial by error and experience with acrylic paints. But give it a try. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a comment below.

And Cheers Lukie!! May your future be bright. You are an amazing brother and friend, let your light shine on to everyone!! I love you to the moon and beyond.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out my Pinterest page, I have a lot of great ideas.

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  • Reply
    Erin J
    October 1, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Love this Annie! I have done some similar things with the watercolor filters on my photos, but this is great! I may tap into your experience as I try to do something like this for Cliff for Christmas of our pup, Drake!

    • Reply
      October 4, 2018 at 10:15 am

      I’d be happy to help and “tap” something out for yah! 😉

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