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How to Transfer Kids Art Onto Canvas

Do you want to preserve your child's precious artwork and display it in your home? Learn how to transfer kids' art onto canvas!Hi guys!  Jennifer from Brave New Home here to share an easy and inexpensive way to both preserve and display your kids’ art.

Jennifer from Brave New Home2I focus on home design and DIYing home decor. Projects like these are some of my favorite because not only are you creating a new piece of art to display but you’re preserving memories.

original-grey-marker-kids-artEven though all kids are little artists, not every work of art is exactly frame-worthy. My four-year-old drew this picture of me when I was feeling a bit down to help cheer me up. I loved the sentiment and the drawing itself but the paper quality was lacking and the page itself was torn making it the perfect candidate to transfer kids art to canvas.

For this project, you will need a canvas (preferably one already gessoed), a pencil, a tool with a rounded but firm edge (I used the back of a pencil), paint and a paintbrush.

tracing-kids-art-to-transferStart by flipping the paper over and generously tracing the drawing with pencil. If you’re concerned about destroying the piece of art you may want to consider making a photocopy of the original first.

orienting-kids-art-on-canvasThere are a few considerations you can play with using this technique which will help take your child’s art up a notch. One is orientation. Just like cropping a photo, you can play with the drawing’s orientation on your canvas to increase its visual interest.

transfering-kids-art-rubbing-pencilThen rub on top of the original art to transfer the pencil underneath the paper onto the canvas. I used the back of my pencil. I recommend a more rounded but solid tool so the pencil will be transferred without damaging the canvas.

kids-art-transferred-to-canvasOnce the drawing is transferred paint over the outline with acrylic paint. In keeping with the original, I chose a dark grey color.

Do you want to preserve your child's precious artwork and display it in your home? Learn how to transfer kids' art onto canvas!I widened the lines of the drawing for more visual impact and omitted a few of the lines for a cleaner look.

Do you want to preserve your child's precious artwork and display it in your home? Learn how to transfer kids' art onto canvas!I’m thinking of putting this on the wall next to my computer so I can glance at it often.

Do you want to preserve your child's precious artwork and display it in your home? Learn how to transfer kids' art onto canvas!I’m very happy with how this turned out and may commission my little artist to do another portrait of me in the future!

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