Mod Podge Picture Transfer On To Canvas

Have you worked with Mod Podge before?

It is limitless!!  They’ve come out with a new product that TRANSFERS your photos to various mediums such as canvas, fabric, wood, acrylic/plastic, and I’m sure much more.  I had the pleasure of working with it and one of my all time favorite pictures of Lil T Rex!

I revamped our photo wall in our living room.  Most of my frames and mats are comprised of black and white.  I want a punch of color and texture to add interest to the wall.  What better way to do that than to make something myself!


Mod Podge Photo Transfer tutorial on Taradara Made It

To recreate what I made, you’ll need:

Mod Podge Photo Transfer medium

A PHOTOCOPY of a photograph {do not use a REAL photo, it won’t work}

A canvas {or a piece of wood, tshirt, fabric … your choice}

Podgeable paper

Mod Podge Glitter medium

Mod Podge Gloss medium

Foam brush

Paint color of your choice

Fine tip paint brush

Foam blotter {brush}


Before I go on and go through all the steps ..

I’ll make it easy and share this wonderful Mod Podge Photo Transfer

{I try not to reinvent the wheel if I don’t have to}

 So, be sure to give yourself ample time as this is not a project that you can whip out in 30 minutes.

Here we go…

Step 1: Get your canvas and your photocopy of a photograph

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 Step 2 and 3:  You goop it up really good to ensure the photocopy will transfer on the picture side.  Then flip it over and place it where you like and smooth it down.  Wipe any excess medium that might bleed through where you do not want it.

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Step 4 and 5:  After 24 hours, wet it really well with water and let sit for 2 minutes or so.  Then you’ll want to gently rub the paper off with a moistened sponge.  Start with a light hand at the beginning until you figure it out.

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Step 6:  I painted around the ‘picture’ to punch it up a bit.

 Using Podgeable paper, I cut corner pieces to add interest.  I ‘painted’ the back of it first with Mod Podge to make it stick and placed it on the canvas.  I used the glitter Mod Podge over top.

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Step 7 and 8:  I added more pizazz to it by taking some paint and a small paintbrush and painting swirlies all over.  I figured it wasn’t enough, so I took the little foam blotter and dipped it in the Glitter Mod Podge and dabbed it randomly all over the painted portion of the canvas.  Let dry completely.

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Step 9: Below, on the left, you can see the sheen where I’ve used Mod Podge, and the matte looking areas where it hasn’t been applied.  I used Mod Podge gloss to go over the whole project to make it all the same sheen.


Step 10:  Get it up on the wall.

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What do you think?  I love the punch of colour amongst the black frames.  It kind of adds to the interest of the wall.

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**Disclaimer:  This post was written as part of a campaign with The Blueprint Social. All opinions are my own.


  1. What a fun project! Great job!

  2. I love the paint treatment you did after you transferred the photo. So cute, and it really made the project. And what an awesome photo.

  3. Love the shape of your photo and the swirls!

  4. That is such a fun photo – and I love the blue you used!!

  5. new to this but will be trying soon just wanted to know (especially just starting out – trial n error) can you use canvas’ that have already been painted on say from garage sales or thrift stores? also if not, what should I pay for canvas’? where and what are the best prices? thanks and Love the font 🙂

    • Hi, Debbie, I do believe you can totally use this on already painted on canvas. I’d love to actually try that myself. You can go to your favorite craft store and purchase canvas, use your 40% or 50% off coupons and get them for even cheaper!!! xo

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