|I used the same 6 x 6 canvases from Michael's that I used for the seasons mosaics. It's a lot cheaper to buy a pack of four 6 x 6 canvases than it is to buy one 12 x 12 canvas - whoda thunk it?|
|I painted the sides and about half an inch on the top with black acrylic and let them dry overnight.|
|I used my trusty Fiskars rotary paper cutter to trim the photos down to size.|
|I mounted the trimmed prints to the canvas using matte Mod Podge. They looked pretty good just like this, but I felt they looked a little too much like plain ol' prints mounted to canvas. They needed a little texture.|
|So I used the matte Mod Podge and a stencil brush to add some texture to the photo to make it look more like artwork.|
|I covered all the sides and the top with the Mod Podge to give a uniform look.|
|This is how the texture looked when it dried. So much better than the glossy look, don't you think? I think it makes it look more like the photo is printed on the canvas rather than glued to it.|
And the finished product. I am so extremely happy with them! I debated on attaching them using 3 inches of ribbon in between, but in the end, I decided I liked the clean look better so I left them separate. And what's even better... the grand total came out to less than $20 for each kid's one-of-a-kind pop art!
P.S. Isn't my subject adorable eating her watermelon?
Update: Go here to see the other two completed sets.
Update #2: These are now available in my shop.