Hi guys! Jennifer from Brave New Home here to share an easy and inexpensive way to both preserve and display your kids’ art.
Even 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.
Start 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.
There 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.
Then 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.