How to Add a Photo to a Canvas, Part II

If you missed Part I, then go and read it forthwith. (Also, I think that’s the first time I’ve ever used that word. Fist bump.)

Anyway. When we last saw Mr. Parker, he was glued to a canvas with Mod Podge. I let the canvas sit for 24 hours (fib – 23. I couldn’t wait that extra hour, the suspense was killing me.)

The next step is the weirdest. Get a sponge, or whatever, get it wet, and dampen the heck out of the image.

I mean really get it wet. The painted portion of the canvas will be fine, as it’s underneath a layer of Mod Podge. The more you dampen the image…

…the more the color shows through.


Use the sponge and gently start scrubbing away the paper. Yes, really.


Continue gently scrubbing the paper away, and re-dampening it as necessary, until it’s all gone. This is why plain old copy paper is used. It’s a lot easier to wipe away the flimsy layer of paper; you’re not struggling through a thick sheet of photo paper.

I still cannot believe that this actually worked. Look at it! It’s so cool!

If you hold the canvas to the light, you can see the difference in texture between the painted part and the image. I coated the image with another layer of Mod Podge to even it out. Word to the wise – if you haven’t gotten rid of every little piece of paper, the Mod Podge will emphasize it. So before you do this, make sure all the paper is gone.

This was a nerve-wracking project, but a very fun one.

Go forth and copy.