Pop Art Canvases

Monday, August 30, 2010


As some of you know, I'm a nanny.  Two of the kids I watch are twins and their birthday is coming up at the end of September.  I knew I wanted to make them something so they will always have a reminder of me.  I thought about doing paintings of their names, but that's been done.  Then I had the brilliant idea to do Andy Warhol style art of both of them (and their sister too because I didn't want her to feel left out).  There are tons of Web sites that offer the service to turn your portrait into pop art, like mydavinci.com, for $64.85 for an 8 x 8 print.  I knew I could do it myself in Photoshop, mount the prints to canvas and BAM - expensive art for cheap!


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 made the artwork 6 x 6 to fit on the canvases, then had them printed as 8 x 10s at Sam's Club.  I usually have prints made at CVS because there's one right around the corner, but the price for an 8 x 10 at CVS is $3.99, so for 12 prints, it would have been $48!  Absolutely ridiculous.  Walgreen's was only $2.99, but in the end, Sam's won with 8 x 10 prints for $1.46!  Sam's is definitely the best place to get prints done, for future reference.



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.



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: Check out the full Photoshop tutorial for how to create your own pop art images here.

15 comments:

  1. Awesome idea!!! They came out super cool! I'm always trying to figure out ways to display my kids' pictures. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. I love love love this! I've been thinking of this same exact idea for quite a while, but with huge wedding pictures (like poster size), but didn't want to spend the $ until I knew it was going to work! I'm so glad they worked out well for you... They look amazing!!!

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  3. I love this! Great idea to use mod podge, it really does look like it's printed on canvas... Lots cheaper than even the pro canvas "deals" I see on the web all the time...

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  4. Totally awesome! What a great gift! I know someone who would really love something like this (hint hint) :)

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  5. Thanks everyone!

    Nellie - I will definitely keep that in mind. haha Christmas is just around the corner, after all!

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  6. Great Idea. I want to do this for my oldest son.

    http://thecreativechickadee.blogspot.com/

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  7. Wow! Those are really amazing and super impressive looking! I love giftable projects like this. I would love to link to these if you didn't mind.

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  8. This is so cute! What effects did you use in Photoshop to do this?

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  9. cute idea!!! I have attempted the traditional silk screen method, but this seems much easier with some really dynamic results.
    Love the watermelon picture tooo!!!

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  10. Simple and timeless...
    A gift that will keep on giving
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. Awesome project. I featured it this week on examiner.com's Home DIY column.

    http://www.examiner.com/how-to-home-design-in-new-york/make-diy-warhol-inspired-artwork-with-the-frozen-north

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  12. Ooh, How I LOVE these! You did an excellent job and I think I might have to try my hand at making some for my family too! Thanks you for sharing your awesomeness with the web folks!
    PS, I'm a follower now too! :)

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  13. I truly like to reading your post. Thank you so much for taking the time to share such a nice information. I'll definitely add this great post in my article section.

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