How to Use Mod Podge on Canvas

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How to Use Mod Podge on Canvas
Use Mod Podge on canvas for a striking découpage project. (toile image by pucci raf from

Découpage enthusiasts who are looking for something different might explore the realm of decoupaging onto fabric. Using specially formulated Fabric Mod Podge, you can découpage photographs or other flat paper directly onto stretched canvas for a special effect. When you Mod Podge on canvas, the canvas takes on an artistic appearance that even resembles the brush strokes of a painting, for a sophisticated result.

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Things you need

  • Photographs or decorative paper items to découpage
  • Photo paper or card stock (optional)
  • Colour printer (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Mod Podge
  • Flat paintbrush (1 inch wide)
  • Stretched canvas

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  1. 1

    Prepare the photographs or decorative papers to fit the stretched canvas. Plan your layout and cut the items to fit the stretched canvas. If printing digital images from a computer, print them onto photo paper or thick card stock and allow the ink to dry completely before proceeding.

  2. 2

    Brush Mod Podge onto the front of the stretched canvas with the paintbrush. Apply the Mod Podge in a thin, even layer over the entire surface of the stretched canvas.

  3. 3

    Place the découpage items onto the Mod Podge-coated stretched canvas over the , arranging them in the layout you desire. Overlapping the items is fine.

  4. 4

    Brush additional Mod Podge over the découpage items with the paintbrush to seal the canvas. Apply the Mod Podge in a generous, but even, layer. Make sure you coat all edges well.

  5. 5

    Allow the stretched canvas to dry completely. Drying times vary according to the humidity level of the drying environment. When the Mod Podge is no longer sticky, it is sufficiently dry.

  6. 6

    Apply a second layer of Mod Podge after the first layer dries completely if you desire. You might desire a second layer if the first layer is not thick or glossy enough.

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