Tuesday, October 07, 2008

how to preserve your child's artwork

the little dude created a piece of artwork in pre-school last year that i really loved. it's green and orange which happen to match the colors of our kitchen. the photos don't do it justice. i wanted to preserve this piece of artwork to display it over our eating bar area. i thought i'd share with you how we did it in case you'd like to do the same! please note that this can be done with any artwork and is a great alternative to framing.

here's the piece of artwork in question. as you can see it was done on really thin paper. being that it was a watercolor type painting, it was very wrinkly. the one thing to keep in mind is that with thin paper like this, it will most likely get very wrinkly when applied to the canvas. if you're not ok with this, then this might not be the right solution for your piece of art. the nicer or thicker the paper, the less chance of wrinkling.

i started out by buying a canvas that would fit the particular painting. there wasn't a perfect size, but this one came pretty close. we only had to trim a small bit off the top of the artwork. (which was fine by me because his teachers wrote his name on the front of the painting! tsk, tsk!) i also bought mod podge (other glues/sealers will work as well), a small roller and tray. then we're ready to start.

here's the little dude rolling on the glue with his mini roller. you want to make sure you have a good thick layer of glue so it sticks well. once you have it covered in glue, lay the artwork down and press firmly. try to press out any wrinkles or puckers to the best of your ability.

we then flipped it over (lining the island with parchment paper (or waxed paper would be fine) first so that it wouldn't stick to the island) we loaded it up with magazines to ensure solid pressure. we left it like this overnight to make sure it was really dry.

once it was thoroughly dry, we removed the magazines. next, we glued the sides and the back and wrapped the artwork around the canvas. (note: you don't have to do this. you could trim the artwork to the exact size of the canvas if you wish. you could also paint the sides a coordinating color....i would do this first however.)

when wrapping the paper around the canvas i folded the corners as if i was wrapping a present. we then flipped it over onto the parchment paper again so that the back was now facing down. this ensured that the artwork would not pull away from the back. again, we left it to dry overnight.

when completely dry, we hung it up over the bar. voila!

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