Thursday, February 26, 2009

Make it: Artwork à la Warhol

Make it: Artwork à la Warhol

4 12"x12" stretched, gessoed artist canvases
Folk Art craft paint in 4 colors (either bright or muted)
foam paintbrushes
Mod Podge
4 14"x17" color copies of a black-and-white image
10 yd. decorative trim (narrower than the edge of the canvas)
floating medium
picture-hanger piece
small picture-hanging nails
hot glue
waxed paper

1. Choose an image and use photo-editing software to make the picture black and white, adjusting the brightness and contrast until the image is completely black and white with no gray.

2. Print the image, take it to a copy shop and enlarge it to fit the length and width of the canvas (ours was enlarged 140% to fit a 12"x12" canvas). Make 4 copies.

3. Cut the images to the exact dimensions of the canvases. Apply a liberal, even coat of mod podge medium to the canvas. Apply mod podge to the back (not the front) of the image and carefully apply the image to the canvas (don’t start pressing until the image is properly aligned). Smooth out any the air bubbles (you can use a flat-edged object to help flatten bubbles, but be careful not to gouge the paper with the edges) and let dry.

4. Paint the image using acrylic paint that has been mixed with floating medium (one part paint to slightly less than one part medium). Allow to dry. Use more than one coat of paint if the first coat looks streaky.

5. When the paint is dry, add embellishments to the artwork. Ribbon or trim can be used to enhance the border of the frame. Attach a picture hanger to the back of the canvas. Repeat for each canvas.


  1. I may just have to try this. Thank you for the instructions.

  2. I have never done this but have wanted to so I have a few questions? Do you just cut the image square to the size of the canvas or do you also cut out the image itself, such as the dogs head etc.? Do you photocopy to paper or to acetate etc.?
    Thank you, this could be a lot of fun.

  3. Anonymous9:00 AM

    ohhhh-- I want to do this. Thanks You.

  4. Very cool! I actually live near a Warhol museum. I've been wanting to take my kiddos!

    Creative and Curious Kids!

  5. Thanks everyone! I really love this project. I like to re-size the image to fit the canvas. You can crop in a photo program or with scissors. The paper is a color copy (with a black and white image)from Kinkos.


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