My mother called me up on Wednesday and sprung a project on me...and gave me just two days to do it!
Here is a bit of the back story. Her cousin, was diagnosed with cancer. At first they thought it had spread because they caught it somewhat late. They were coming up with a plan of surgery and chemotherapy or radiation.
So her close friends, including my mother got the prayer warriors going. That is our first response when faced with a trial...PRAY. We believe in healing. We believe the God of the Bible is alive and well and he works and moves in the present day. So our immediate default in a situation like this is to seek him. So we prayed, and prayed and believe for positive news....and we got it. The cancer was localized, it didn't spread and the margins were clear. After surgery and it was gone. No chemo, no radiation necessary.
When my mom's cousin reported the news to her she said "I touched the hem of His garment and I was healed." This is a bible verse from the book of Mark in the Bible.
If you are not familiar with the story, I will give you a short version. There was a Hebrew women who had been suffering with a blood disease or bleeding for 12 years. She was considered "unclean" and everything that touched her or she touched was also considered unclean by the laws of the day. The woman had spent everything she had to try and get herself better, with no results. There was no help for her and no one wanted anything to do with her. Then Jesus came. While he was walking through the crowd, the woman, who knew she was so undeserving to stand before him, said to herself...if I could just touch the edge of his garment I know I will be healed. She desperately pushed through the crowd and caught the edge of his clothes. The bleeding stopped...and so did Jesus. He said "who touched my clothes?" The woman was scared. I certainty would have been too. She knew that everyone thought anything she touched would be unclean. She fell to the ground in front of him trembling and admitted that she touched him. Jesus replied and said “Daughter, your faith has made you whole. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
So my mother wanted to create something for her cousin based on this powerful story...because she had felt that Jesus saw her through this challenging time and healed her. So she found a picture online and asked me to make something with it...my mother is not very crafty...like at all. The picture was not high resolution so I thought a canvas transfer would work well. The finished product is a rustic, aged look and it is certainly not going to look perfect...so a low resolution picture is not that big of an issue. Here are a few I have done before in black and white. My first attempt, our wedding picture, could be much better, it was my first go at this and now I have perfected it!!!
This is a nice gift and pretty easy to do... a bit time consuming but easy. So here is how I did it. First pick the size canvas you want. My wedding was large, I think it was a 24X36, this one I did for my mom was smaller like 12X14 or something. Then print out the photo you want to use. I go to Staples for my prints. For the large sizes ask for an engineering print and for the smaller ones the regular ink jet printers will work fine. Make sure you mirror the print....especially if you have wording. For this particular picture, since we just pulled it offline, the sizing was a little whacky and I could not get it to the exact size of the canvas, that is why there is white on the edges. You can avoid that I'm sure, in most cases.
Then I start by using Golden Artist Colors, soft Gel. This is what the bottle looks like.
So you take this gel and you cover the canvas with it. Do a decent coat because this is what will transfer the ink. Then place your picture on the canvas. For this one I used a bit too much gel and it caused air bubbles, but it still came out okay...but try and avoid that if you can. Then let it dry. I suggest overnight or at least 8-12 hours.
Then comes the tedious part. After it is dry, you spray the entire thing with water, or you could work on small sections at a time... and you start scrubbing. Some people use a rag, I just use my fingers to prevent too much ink from coming off with the paper. This takes a while. You literally need to rub all the paper off of the canvas....piece by piece.
I usually get all the big pieces off and do one pass at it and then let it dry. When you let it dry it will probably look something like this picture below. Cloudy with white paper. I usually do about 2-4 passes over the picture. Wetting, rubbing, letting it dry and then doing it again.
In the process some of the ink is going to come off. That is okay! That makes the picture look unique in the end!
Most likely your picture will still look a little foggy...even if you try and get as much paper off as you can....I have a trick for this though. Spray it with water and when the fogginess goes away, lightly pat it dry and THEN seal the canvas...WHILE it is still wet. The paper that disappeared with the wetness will stay invisible. I seal it with a matte varnish, like the one in the picture and it dries completely transparent. Finished!
I am a follower of Jesus, a former television reporter, freelance writer, wife and a mom to a beautiful girl. I love Jesus, I have an obsession about living a healthy and chemical free life, I love to DIY crap and I love my family. So basically this is a blog about those things.