How to Make Custom Art Decor

Did you know the art & framing industry has a huge secret to those gorgeous, over-priced art pieces?   You know the ones that look like authentic oil paintings?  Oh yes they do!  However, I am about to let loose the cannon and let ya’ll know about a cool product that makes any poster look like an oil painting.  It is called canvas texturizing gel and it is UH-MAZING!!

Supplies:
Poster
Foam core
Spray Adhesive
Foam brush
Plastic grocery bag
Canvas texturizing gel
Box cutter

1.  Start with a poster of your choice.  I got a custom poster printed by one of my sponsors, Uprinting.com.  They have all different size posters but mine is an 18” x 24”.  They print it on high quality HP paper and it has a nice sheen to it.  It comes overly wrapped so it is nice and safe at delivery.  This particular size is around $30. 
IMG_0651
Note: I got my idea for the design from a vinyl lettering company called Just My Luck Designs.  I had a friend mimic it in Photoshop and then I uploaded it to the Uprinting.com website.

2.  Next cut out some foam core to the size of your poster. I cut mine with a box cutter (with a new blade).  Next spray the foam core with some spray adhesive (any brand will do).

3.  Give it a minute to get tacky, then lay the poster’s backside to the foam core.  It sticks right away so be very careful to line it up nicely.  Let it dry.

4.  Once dry it is time to start applying the canvas texturizing gel.  This stuff comes in different sheens. To get the affect of a real oil painting I suggest the high gloss.  This stuff dries fast so you need to work quickly. IMG_0652 5. There are different ways to apply this miracle stuff.  You can roll it on with a foam roller, paint in on mimicking the lines in your art piece, or you can use a paper bag to get a crackle texture.  You have to experiment with it.  I decided to try the crackle texture. extreme closeup6.  Using a foam brush, I applied the canvas texturizing gel liberally in a small section.  Then I took my plastic bag and rolled it over the gel.  I did that to my whole piece and it took about 10 minutes total.  It is literally dry in about 5 minutes!! IMG_0654 IMG_0655 7.  I waited a full 2 hours and then I just put it in a frame.  No need for glass or anything.  It literally looks like a painting.  It is awesome.  I LOVES THIS STUFF!!! 

IMG_0707  IMG_0706
I had to have one of my photographer friends come over to shoot some pictures of this stuff in action.  I had to bribe her by watching her daughter all afternoon just to get pictures for you peeps..just kidding she is just awesome like that.  Thanks Annie! texture 2 Here is a close up shot of another piece of art with this process done to it (you have seen these pictures here in my family room).  This was done by painting the gel on with a foam brush mimicking the brush strokes in the poster.  The gel added the depth and texture of an oil painting.  No one would ever guess there is a poster under that stuff!

Can you imagine a huge oil painting of your favorite photo of your children?  It would literally costs hundreds of dollars to get that made.  However, you can DIY!!!

I will say this stuff is not cheap.  You can try and order it from a framing store like Deck the Walls or Aaron Brothers or you can buy it online.  There are a few different companies that make it, Fredrix, Z-gel, Gluefast’s Craquelure, to name a few.  It will run you around $25-$50 for a 32 ounces jar of it.  But that will last you a lifetime so it is a good investment in my book.





  • Stefanie

    Thanks for sharing this product and project with us! They look soooo great!!! Definitely filing away in my idea file!

  • The girl with the flour in her hair

    How cool is this!??! I love it. All the things you could do…

  • The Mom @ Babes in Hairland

    Oh, that's so cool. I'd love to see more examples if you end out doing them. I would never have known something like that exists out there to make regular old stuff look like art. Amazing! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Mrs Montoya

    Ooooh, I likey. I will add it to my list of groovy gift ideas. I would want to give it as a gift to a new couple with their name or a family with a new baby. CUTE!

  • Diana

    That is something, huh?? Great job. :)

  • Happy Momma

    OOOHH! Good stuff! I had no clue!!! Thanks for once again giving us the "scoop!"

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  • Zimms Zoo

    What a great idea! I can see doing this for my in-laws with our new family pictures. Does it work on photos or does it need to be poster paper?

    BTW we made some paper beads and earrings BUT our house was burglarized and they stole our computer. So I am using one when I come to my grandma's and I can't get it to upload photos because of some security thing. :( Anyway we had a good time doing it and are planning on doing some more like bracelets or something.

  • Cheri

    That is really cool stuff, where do you find these things to use in your projects?

  • Kara@ Creations by Kara

    I have never heard of that stuff before. So cool! Thanks for sharing. I can think of so many projects I want to try it on. :)

  • Jenn @ Livin’ the Simple Life

    I've been wanting to do this to a favorite print of mine to make it look more like "fine art". I just might have to try this one!

  • Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful

    What an amazing trick! It really does look just like an oil…I am stunned! I gotta get me some of that stuff.

    ~Amanda

  • Jen

    No way! I have a friend who has been ordering canvas-like "paintings" of her family photos for years. That process is so easy and looks great! I may have to save a bit for the products, but they will be totally worth it. Thank you so much for the tutorial.

  • Rook No. 17

    Too cool! I've never seen this technique before. What amazing stuff. Okay, that's going on the "crafts I must do someday" list, even if I don't get around to it till the girls are in High School!

  • Mural Maker

    ok, Beckie, this is pretty close to actual painting! at least, it's a start!

  • Christine

    What an awesome idea!! Love this :)

    Say, do you happen to know what font your friend used to make this for you? I'd love to do a little something like this myself :D

  • [email protected]

    I love this stuff! FABULOUS tutorial, thanks tons for this! I'll be linking.

  • do it yourselfer

    found you via one pretty thing! can't wait to try this on a family photo!

How to Make Custom Art Decor

Did you know the art & framing industry has a huge secret to those gorgeous, over-priced art pieces?   You know the ones that look like authentic oil paintings?  Oh yes they do!  However, I am about to let loose the cannon and let ya’ll know about a cool product that makes any poster look like an oil painting.  It is called canvas texturizing gel and it is UH-MAZING!!

Supplies:
Poster
Foam core
Spray Adhesive
Foam brush
Plastic grocery bag
Canvas texturizing gel
Box cutter

1.  Start with a poster of your choice.  I got a custom poster printed by one of my sponsors, Uprinting.com.  They have all different size posters but mine is an 18” x 24”.  They print it on high quality HP paper and it has a nice sheen to it.  It comes overly wrapped so it is nice and safe at delivery.  This particular size is around $30. 
IMG_0651
Note: I got my idea for the design from a vinyl lettering company called Just My Luck Designs.  I had a friend mimic it in Photoshop and then I uploaded it to the Uprinting.com website.

2.  Next cut out some foam core to the size of your poster. I cut mine with a box cutter (with a new blade).  Next spray the foam core with some spray adhesive (any brand will do).

3.  Give it a minute to get tacky, then lay the poster’s backside to the foam core.  It sticks right away so be very careful to line it up nicely.  Let it dry.

4.  Once dry it is time to start applying the canvas texturizing gel.  This stuff comes in different sheens. To get the affect of a real oil painting I suggest the high gloss.  This stuff dries fast so you need to work quickly. IMG_0652 5. There are different ways to apply this miracle stuff.  You can roll it on with a foam roller, paint in on mimicking the lines in your art piece, or you can use a paper bag to get a crackle texture.  You have to experiment with it.  I decided to try the crackle texture. extreme closeup6.  Using a foam brush, I applied the canvas texturizing gel liberally in a small section.  Then I took my plastic bag and rolled it over the gel.  I did that to my whole piece and it took about 10 minutes total.  It is literally dry in about 5 minutes!! IMG_0654 IMG_0655 7.  I waited a full 2 hours and then I just put it in a frame.  No need for glass or anything.  It literally looks like a painting.  It is awesome.  I LOVES THIS STUFF!!! 

IMG_0707  IMG_0706
I had to have one of my photographer friends come over to shoot some pictures of this stuff in action.  I had to bribe her by watching her daughter all afternoon just to get pictures for you peeps..just kidding she is just awesome like that.  Thanks Annie! texture 2 Here is a close up shot of another piece of art with this process done to it (you have seen these pictures here in my family room).  This was done by painting the gel on with a foam brush mimicking the brush strokes in the poster.  The gel added the depth and texture of an oil painting.  No one would ever guess there is a poster under that stuff!

Can you imagine a huge oil painting of your favorite photo of your children?  It would literally costs hundreds of dollars to get that made.  However, you can DIY!!!

I will say this stuff is not cheap.  You can try and order it from a framing store like Deck the Walls or Aaron Brothers or you can buy it online.  There are a few different companies that make it, Fredrix, Z-gel, Gluefast’s Craquelure, to name a few.  It will run you around $25-$50 for a 32 ounces jar of it.  But that will last you a lifetime so it is a good investment in my book.