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!!
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Canvas texturizing gel
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.
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.
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! 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.