Learn to print photos on tissue paper and apply them to canvas or wood | Jennifer Paige | Skillshare

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Learn to print photos on tissue paper and apply them to canvas or wood

teacher avatar Jennifer Paige, Teacher and Maker from Maine

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8 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction Tissue Paper

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Tips and Planning

    • 4. Preparing the Tissue Paper

    • 5. Applying The Tissue Paper

    • 6. Options for Finishing

    • 7. RECAP

    • 8. The End: Project

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In this class you will learn the steps involved in applying photos, words or digital artwork to canvas or wood by printing your item on tissue paper using a regular ink jet printer.  You will also learn some tips and tricks to adding borders and special effects to the finished product and how to group items for a gallery wall effect.


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Jennifer Paige

Teacher and Maker from Maine


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Creative Canvas Printing

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1. Introduction Tissue Paper: Hi, I'm Jennifer, and welcome to my school share class on taking tissue paper, regular gift wrap, tight tissue paper, printing items on it and then implying that to either a canvas or a piece of wood. I have a gallery wall in my house that I've done this with with old family photos. And it's the one thing that I was comments off, and everybody that sees it, first of all has a hard time believing that it's tissue paper that I've used. And second of all, they all want to know how to do it. So I decided to put together a class on and show you how to do this. So the requirements for this class this is not a hard thing to do, but it does require patients. I would not recommend it for little kids as to Shumpert, papers pretty fragile and can tear or rip. The beauty of this is if you mess up, either when you put it on a piece of wood or on a canvas, you can wash it right off before it dries and start over. So it's, you know, it's fairly easy if you mess up. Don't worry about it. I've messed up a 1,000,000 times, but I just wash it out, print a new one, get started again. Not a big deal. So I have in front of me just some ideas on some things that you can put your pictures inspirational quotes, artwork on these pieces of wood. I got actually everything. I got a Michael's craft store, but any any craft store or hobby store will have variations of these. These are some great pieces of wood to do either photos or an inspirational quote, or just have the word family I did to go with some of my family photos, and they also have would slices, which are great for especially for old family photos. And they have different shapes and sizes of the woods, slices, canvases, any shape and size. And if you're going to do a gallery while ice amend that you do different shapes and, you know, make it a little bit more interesting. These ones are super cute. It's just a four by five on. So do a couple of these in conjunction with the other ones. When you put him on, the wall is going fantastic. This is an example of a family photo that I printed up. This is a picture me when I was a little girl with my two brothers in Central Park in New York City, and it's a family favorite. And one thing I like about doing old photos is when you apply the tissue paper, you're gonna get some wrinkling. It's virtually impossible to get it smooth, but it creates some texture, and it really makes it look old and looks interesting. It's just my preference. You can order these online, obviously on campus for anywheres from 50 to $100. We're gonna make it for under $10 and you can do also photos like this. This is a black and white, a close up of a bike. My husband and I are into biking, so I did a series of three close up shots of bikes for a little section in our house. So those are just some examples to give you some ideas of where to get started up. Next on the next video, the supply list, and then we'll start planning out the options on how to get started 2. Supplies: so the first thing you're going to need is what's called module podge. It's kind of a special kind of glue, and it's also a sealer, so it's going to adhere the tissue paper and actually seal it as well. Then you need to decide if you're going to use wood or canvas. I got all of my items from a local craft store. This is a four by 12 inch piece of plywood costs $2.29. So super cheap to do, um, campuses. You can buy in a bundle I bought 10 eight by tens. Um, fairly cheap. They come in different shapes and sizes. So square big small. This is Nate by eight, and then an Any tissue paper is just regular tissue paper that you would use for gift wrapping and paintbrushes. I like these phone ones. They're super cheap. They're easy to use, their easy to clean. They work well with, um AJ podge, but you can use any type of paint brush that you have. Then optional is if you're going to use paint for a piece of wood that you have, or if you want to put it on the canvas before you put the church paper for background and then take just any kind of tape you have. You're just gonna take the tissue paper to printer paper, and it just needs to be plain old regular printer paper. And you do need an in jet printer. A laser printer will not work. You do need that. The ink toe actually adhere and be absorbed by the tissue paper. So inkjet printer is a must. There you have it. Those are the basic supplies you can pick and choose what you want, size and shape would or canvas. And let me know if you have any questions along the way. Anywhere in the process, from picking the supplies to actually getting going, I'll be happy to help. 3. Tips and Planning : so this project requires a little bit of planning, and the first thing you want to do is to plan the size. Most people are going to be limited by the size of their printer, which for most people it's an 8.5 by 11 piece of printer paper. Some people have larger printers. They'll have a little bit more capability. Then you want to decide. What are you gonna be printing on what society? That item. And do you want to have a border, or do you want it to go to the edge like this? One does. The dog photo had a border on the top and the bottom. This one's on canvas, and it's an eight by 10 and I printed it right to the edge. It'll be white on the sides. The next thing you need to decide is, Are you doing one or more? If you're doing multiples, it requires a little bit more. Planning on what I recommend you do is print out your items. You think you want it, put on and put them on regular printer paper, lay them out, see what they look like visually, like I did here before you decide whether you're gonna move forward, I think you'll be happier if you take that extra step in the plan. And you can also decide whether you want to go to the edge or not. And then on this one, do you want to add a word or something else in there to complete the sort of been yet that you have going on there? Another thing to consider when you're going to do something. If you want to do like a gallery well, like I have here, do you want to do different sizes? Do you want them to go horizontal or vertical? I like to add in some small ones in there. You can see that adds just a little bit of interest and completes the whole look of the gallery wall. So I said, You're limited by the size of your printer, but you can go big. This piece is over two feet high, and it's in two sections, so it did require a bit of planning. I printed out on multiple pieces of paper to get it to work, and it took a lot of time and sort of reprinting and cutting to get the pieces to match up . But if that's something you want to tackle at some point, you know, just know you can do it. It's not gonna look perfect. Your tissue piper might overlap a little bit, but for this project it worked. Perfect. It was going on, reclaimed wood and I could sand it down a little bit. I also did this piece for somebody. They asked me to put this quote on wood and the planning process. Waas. How am I going to get what words on what lines and how big do they need to be and how am I gonna print that out? So I think the tips here are all about planning. I think you'll be happy if you do plan ahead. It'll save some time and frustration in the end. And I hope these tips will give you some ideas that help in the planning process and some inspiration as well. Let's get started 4. Preparing the Tissue Paper: All right. So let's get started. The first thing you're going to do is to take tissue paper and open it up, and I don't know if you can see, but there's a shiny side and a non shiny side. This is the non shiny side. I want a print on the non shiny side. Um, the inquiry run if you print on the other side. So you want the non shiny side on the outside for So we're gonna take a regular pace of printer paper and place it on top of the tissue paper shiny side up, and we're gonna cut around the tissue paper, sleeping about and interest. It doesn't have to be exact just enough to fold over, because what we're gonna do is we're gonna wrap this tissue around the printer paper and tape it so the printer paper so we can feed it through the printer, depending on how pick you are. Fastidious, as they say, Do one or two pieces of tape on each side and you want it to be tight. Not so tight that paper curls but tight so that it will go through the printer street. I do. My sides like you would on your gift dropping. So I fold the little corners in. You have to do it. Uh, it just helps and getting it a little bit tighter and doesn't wrinkle quite as much, just like wrapping a gift again. You don't You have to be that picky. It's just kind of the way I am. So hold it. Two more pieces of tape I can see it's taped on and ready to go through the printer. The one thing you want to make sure when you put it through the printer is you need to know whether your printer prints on the top or on the bottom before you put it in, so that you will get it printed on the tissue paper side and not this backside. 5. Applying The Tissue Paper: So, as you can see, I printed off a picture of a palm tree, a photo that I had taken while we were on vacation. And I am going to cut off a tissue paper from the paper. Not enough to tear the edges too much, depending on how much tissue paper you need to wrap around. The canvas or piece of wood determines our how carefully you need to be. Sometimes you don't need that extra. All right, so there's the tissue paper it so and I have an eight by 10 and this I am taking the wrapping off for that. To do that, you can see what it's gonna look like. And presences printed eight by 10 should fit really nicely on top of that canvas. So we're going to take a foam brush and her march watch you were going to start at the top . We're just gonna put a thin layer. Make sure or anything on there thin layer and make sure that there's no clumps. The trick is getting this started so that this top lines up with the top of the campus, and you can see right through it so you can see that canvas there. So I'm gonna bring it up a little bit, get the sides, and then I am going to press down, trying to get away the wrinkles out. You're gonna have some wrinkles, and they're gonna diminish as it dries. So if you can get most of them out while you do it, that's good. Right on. Then I'm gonna peel it back, and I'm gonna put the next layer on. I find if you do it in little stages and you don't get us many big wrinkles, you gonna get some little ones. Like I said, pulling back on both sides evenly. Press just ever so slightly on those wrinkles. When you get if you don't like it, take it to the sink and wash it off unit. You're going to destroy the printed tissue paper. You have to print a new one. But just know that if you get it on there and you don't like it, it's not a done deal. All right? You want to pull this tights? Besides, um, a big wrinkle there. I should have done that last part in two stages, but I was find a rush a little bit. All right now, it is all applied. I'm gonna keep working these wrinkles really gently because you don't want it to tear and it will tear again. If it does, then you can just go wash it off. Okay, Now that you haven't applied, it's your preference on whether you want around that tissue paper all the way around. If you want to cut it off, I tend to just wrap it because it makes it a little bit cleaner, I think. And you also don't run the risk of the tissue paper tearing. So just go so large pots on their and rapids outside. And then the ends, I dio just like I did. When I put the tissue paper on, I wrapped them in like the gift. See that you do that, you're gonna have to put another layer march parked on top of that. Then use a brush. You want help? Kind of pull it on the last sign Russian round backside. So now that it's all applied, I'm going to let it drop I And as it dries, I'm going to keep coming back and sort of smoothing out wrinkles. And then once it's dried, you can add another layer, much podge to seal it and then decide if there's anything else you want to do it for you hanging up. 6. Options for Finishing: in this video, I'm going to talk a little bit about some of the finishes that you can do to enhance your items. So this in this instance, I painted a piece of wood white before I apply the tissue paper, and it gave it a little bit more dynamic background. But then I wasn't sure about the white. So I added black borders to the top and bottom, and you can also see that when I took the paint tape off the tissue paper tour a little bit in spots, I panicked at first but then decided that I actually liked the effect. Kind of made it look a little bit older. And when you see it on the wall like that, I think it adds dimension and character. Another cool option for adding a unique finish and to add some dimension and character is by using waxes on this piece. Here I used the antique wax, and, as you can see, it adds, an aging process makes it look old. Another option is stain. This is the piece of plywood that I showed you in the supply video, and I stained it beforehand. Applied tissue paper, Um, and I wasn't really sold on how it looked. So I tore the edges around the tissue paper before it dry and then apply white wax to the top to finish it off. And as you can see from before and after how nice it looks, you can also add, um, staying afterwards. This is a piece that I did, and I didn't really like how it was the wood was playing, So I added two different color stains to the outer edges and tried to make it look a little old and weathered in this example. I wanted it to look a little distressed and old, since this is a bike patent from 18 90. So I sanded it down in spots and use, um, stain and rubbed it in some areas just to make it look a little distressed. So I hope that gives you some ideas on some fun things that you could do after you've gotten your tissue paper applied. But I also want you to know that you don't need to do anything fancy. This is the gallery. While that I've talked about in this class that I get so many comments on, I didn't add any special effects to it. I just finished them all off with one layer of module podge that seals it nicely. 7. RECAP : this video just shows you a recap of the whole process, from cutting the tissue paper to mapping out and taping it to the printer paper, wrapping it up like a gift, putting it in the printer and then placing it on your flat object before you put the march Pa John. So you know that you've got it all mapped out, applying it after the march podge and realizing it's not going to be perfect. It's meant toe have some dimension and character, and if you're patient enough, you can create a wall just like this. 8. The End: Project: So there you have it. I hope you enjoy the class. Please let me know if you have any questions. Your project just needs to be one piece. It could be on wood or canvas, but it could be more than one piece if you choose. I can't wait to see what you do. Here are some more examples that were shown throughout the class.