How To Make Tiny CanvasesHow To Make Tiny CanvasesTutorial

FloradeuxFloradeuxVor 2 Monaten
The perfect addition to any character shrine!

1. Collect your materials! (Est. time: 5m)
→ Here’s what you’ll need to create some tiny art.
→ Plain, white tissue paper
→ Paintbrush (preferably a fan-shaped one)
→ Mod Podge or any other glue/sealer (I like ones with glossy finishes)
→ Glue stick
→ Scissors or craft knife (if you use a craft knife, make sure it is extra sharp)
→ Tiny Canvas (in this project, I used 2in x 2in or 5cm x 5cm canvases)
→ Cardstock or standard-sized printer paper (no color requirement)
→ Color or BW printer
→ Optional: Ruler/straight edge

2. Prepare your images! (Est. Time: 10 - 20m)
TL;DR: Format your image(s) to the size of your canvas with a 1cm border
around the edges in your desired photo-editing program. Leave a 1in (2.5cm)
border around the edge of your printing page.

→ For this project, I will be making 7 tiny canvases of the BTS members from their
McDonald’s Collab. I sourced my images online and edited them to fit my own
preferences in Photoshop. Your images can be prepared in any image-editing
software or even just MS Paint. I would recommend making your desired image
the same size as the front of your canvas, with a 1cm border around your
image. In my case, I had prepared mine for 2.5in x 2.5in canvases, but I was too
lazy to make them more accurate. I still loved how they came out. Make sure to
leave a 1in or 2.5cm border around your printer paper.

3. Prepare your printer paper! (Est. Time: 5 - 10m)
→ Open your tissue paper on a flat surface, such as a desk or table. Find a section
that has a minimal amount of wrinkles for your cardstock/printer paper. If your
tissue paper has a waxy side and a matte side (as mine did), make sure your
waxy side is face up.


→ Glue the edges of your cardstock/printer paper. As long as you added a margin
border on your edited image, you will have a decent amount of space to glue. If
you didn’t/couldn’t, just glue as close to the edge as possible. Add extra glue if
you think you need it. I didn’t have enough, and I had to reglue mine.

→ Press your glued cardstock/printer paper onto the tissue paper to affix them
together. Rub out the edges to make sure they stick. If needed, reglue your
edges down so the tissue paper is fully attached to the cardstock/printer paper.

→ Begin cutting the tissue paper away from your cardstock/printer paper. It is
easier if you cut a majority of the tissue paper first before being precise and
cutting against the edge of your cardstock/printer paper.

→ Clean up the edges by cutting as close to the cardstock/printer paper as
possible. If you have a craft knife, now is the time to use it! Use a ruler or
straight edge to ensure precise cuts. (Caution: If your craft knife is too dull, it
may tear your tissue paper.)

4. Check your print settings and print your image(s)! (Est. Time: 5m)
Load your cardstock/printer paper into your printer. Depending on your
printer, you make need to load your paper upside-down to ensure your printer
will print on the correct side. If you accidentally print on the wrong side, put
your paper back in (opposite of how you did it before) and print again.

→ Set your print settings to color (if applicable), plain paper as your media or
printer paper type, and best quality.

Print your image(s) and wait. Best quality printing takes longer than regular
printing, but your images will look a lot nicer. (Note: Your colors may seem a
little off, depending on your image(s). This simply has to do with the way your
computer displays color (RGB) and how your printer prints color (CMYK). As long
as you don’t have extremely saturated colors, your printed images should look
good enough. If you are especially concerned with your colors, consider
researching CMYK vs RGB color wheels and see what colors you should avoid

5. Cut out your image(s)! (Est. Time: 3 - 5m per image)
Carefully cut out your images as close to the edge as possible. Cutting your
cardstock/printer paper is ok. You won’t need it anymore (unless you want to
reuse it). You can also use a craft knife.

6. Assemble the Tiny Canvases (Est. Time 10 - 15m per image)
→ Put a layer of Mod Podge or whatever glue/sealer you have on the front of your
tiny canvas. Make the layer as smooth as possible.

→ There are two methods I like for putting the image on:
i. Slide the image onto the canvas and gently position it where you want it
by carefully pulling the edges. You can peel the image off and try again if
you don’t like how it’s set.

I didn't take any pictures of this. (TT w TT)

ii. Put the image face down on a flat surface. Position the glued tiny canvas
over the image and stamp it down. Adjust the image placement as

→ Start by gluing down two of the edges. You can put the glue on the side of the
canvas and then push down your image’s edge with your finger or paintbrush.

→ On the adjacent edges, add glue to the corners of the canvas so you can put
down the extended sides.

→ Finally, add more glue to press down the sides entirely. Your image should now
be attached to your canvas nicely.

→ Cover the sides in glue once they’re affixed. It works best if you hold the canvas
by your fingertips and paint toward your hand. This is creating a finishing

I didn't take any pictures of this. (TT w TT)

→ Cover the front of your image in glue. Don’t worry—Mod Podge and most other
glue/sealants dry clear.

i. That being said, try to avoid letting the glue clot/clump together. If you
find that your edges are covered in extra glue, use your paintbrush to
remove it or push it onto the edges of your canvas. It’s not the end of
the world if this happens, but it takes much longer to dry.
^^ Avoid this if you can!

→ Admire your work.

7. Wait! (Est. Time 4 - 5 hours)
→ Capitalism at its finest.

8. Display your Tiny Canvas!
→ Look at them.

9. Extra Tips:
→ If you have a BW printer only, consider creating a tiny canvas of your favorite
panel from your favorite manga.
→ You can remove Mod Podge and most glues from surfaces with warm water and
a towel.
→ You can use cotton swaps or cotton fluffs to remove extra glue from your
→ Peeling Mod Podge off your fingers is fun.


Thanks for reading!
Click here to access a copy of the instructions.
1,241 Hits • 41 Favouriten8 Kommentare


I love this idea and I happen to have some extra little canvases around! Thank you for sharing!
Vor 2 Monaten
Interesting article, thanks
Vor 2 Monaten
ninulyaVor 2 Monaten#114032278
Thank you and you're welcome!! (: If you do try it out, please send me pics! I'd love to see what you create.

figures2021Vor 2 Monaten#114032356
Thank you and yw! I can't remember where I learned this little craft, but I'm obsessed with it. I want as many people to know about it as possible.

RomeosBlueStarVor 2 Monaten#114032213
Thank you and yw!! I really hope you can decorate your apartment with the art you create yourself! It will make your decor so much more meaningful and conversational.

If you do end up creating something, I'd love to see pics!

weebeeVor 2 Monaten#114032162
You're welcome! I hope you can create something of your own!

ActVor 2 Monaten#114032067
Thank you! I love the versatility of creating one's own crafts and artwork. I think art is a lot more meaningful when you make art yourself.

Thanks for the tips.
Vor 2 Monaten
This is really cool. Thanks for the tutorial!
Vor 2 Monaten
these ended up looking soooo good, i can't wait to try this out, thank you!!
Vor 2 Monaten
I want to try this when I get my own apartment. This is really cute. Thank you for sharing your creativity.
Vor 2 Monaten
Oh this will be useful, thank you!
Vor 2 Monaten
This is so adorable! It's even tinier than the tiny canvases they sell at art supplies.

Some advice -- instead of ModPodge it might be worth buy gesso, which should be in the acrylic paint aisle at like Michaels or whatever. Gesso is what you use to prepare actual canvas/wood and seal paintings when you're working with acrylic, and might be easier to use than glue.

Also! Fun gesso fact: if you print out an image on a normal inkjet printer, paint it with a thick layer of gesso, and then let it completely dry, you can wash the paper off the back and the full-color image will be in the plastic gesso coat. It can then be painted down on any surface and is a fun way to use images to decorate.
Vor 2 Monaten