Update thrift store art using an image transfer technique. This is sponsored post with Goodwill San Antonio.
Meet my latest crafting obsession: update thrift store art! I’m totally hooked! I’ve been hitting all the Goodwill San Antonio stores in my area to find inexpensive canvas art that I can update with pop culture characters. This is such a fun and easy way to create decor!
I started out with fairly neutral canvases like this one. Nature scenes seem to work best because they aren’t very cluttered and you can easily create a focal point. Canvas is a great medium for image transfers and paint.
Most of the canvases I buy are under $5. Look for the color of the day to save even more! I’ve purchased larger canvases for about $8, and smaller ones for as little as 99 cents.
With a little imagination and an image transfer, the canvas has a completely new look! I love how this Bigfoot one turned out. This is such an easy way to update thrift store art!
The image transfer technique makes it look like the image has been painted on the canvas. After I transfer the images I often go over it with paint so it looks more like it was actually painted on.
The image transfer technique also makes it easy to get incredible details on a small surface.
I was able to position one flying monkey so it looks like he is carrying the leaf away. The other is about to grab something in the tree.
This guy is hanging out on the ground, encouraging us to dream.
For a transparent background, I used a special transfer paper with Mod Podge Matte. You can see a full tutorial for that process by visiting my Mod Podge Transfer Tutorial.
With darker backgrounds, such as the baby Yoda one, I used Mod Podge Photo Transfer instead. This prevents the background canvas from showing through the transferred image. You can see my Mod Podge Photo Transfer tutorial here.
Want to try this yourself, or purchase one of my pieces? Keep an eye on my Facebook page where I will be adding a shop. You’ll be able to purchase pre-printed transfer paper, image transfer kits, and finished canvases beginning in mid-January 2020.