Bird Faux Oil Painting Frugal Wall Art DIY With Tutorial

I am obsessed with Mod Podge Brushstrokes these days.  My walls are slowly but surely filling up with what appear to be oil paints on canvas, but are actually art prints on MDF, painted over with the Mod Podge.  These are 12’x34′ and cost me about $10 each total.  I love how they turned out and especially the blue against the wheat colored walls!  You may have seen my earlier post featuring this technique using some Valentine’s Day prints I made in photoshop.  This is a great way to have awesome art for cheap.  You can use old photos, posters, thrifty store finds or any image to create a canvas painting.
I made these prints in photoshop, giving them a painterly effect since I knew I was going to use them in this project.
At Lowes, I picked up a discounted 1x12x72′ board and had them cut my 2 pieces of backing board from it.  The total cost was $8.47.  I even have a little piece of board left over, which I am sure will be used for something!
I sprayed both the board and the back of the print with Super 77, lined up the print with the board and pressed them together, using my hand to flatten the print down and make sure there were no air bubbles.  This stuff is crazy sticky, so make sure you are lined up before laying the print on the board.  No redo is going to happen without ripping the print.
Next, I flipped it over and cut off any excess print with an exact knife.
I lightly sanded the edges to blend and make the print flush with the board.
This is what it looked like after sanding.  Now I put on the Mod Podge Brushstroke.
After this was dry, I primered and painted the edges of the board white to give the canvas look to it.  I attache a wire for hanging on the back, as detailed in my previous post, here.  SImple and lovely!


  1. Cranberry Morning says:

    No kidding! Isn't that cool! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Tru@TRU TALES FEATS says:

    I love these! Question. What kind of paper did you use to get that long of a print?

  3. Amateur Mommy says:

    these are beautiful!

    newest follower :)

    I would love a follow back

  4. alphawoman says:

    They look fabulous.

  5. Those look awesome! I love them!!! I wanna know where you got the print…

  6. Emily - Family and Life in Las Vegas says:

    I really like that!! Like a lot! I want them for my walls!! Thank you for the tutorial, following back from Bee Friendly!

  7. Clipped Wings says:

    I love your finished product…looks great hanging on your wall. You're very talented.

  8. Toesthattwinkle! says:

    Thanks for following me- Im returning the favor. I loved visiting your blog and enjoyed reading this post!

  9. Splendiferous Girls says:

    WOW…I love it…how did you get these printed..did you take it somewhere to print out on this size paper??

    I am your newest follower via blog hop..


  10. The Chick says:

    Those turned out beautiful!!! Thanks so much for stopping by One Busy Chick, I am following you too :)

  11. Those look fabulous, I would love to hang those in my house!!!! I can't wait to see more on your blog!

    I am a new follower from the Spotlight Saturday blog hop. I would love it if you could follow me back!!


  12. AmberFaith says:

    Newest follower from the Surfin' Saturdays Blog hop! Would love for you to stop by and follow back! Have a great day! (:


  13. That is fabulous. I never even thought of doing something like that. Thanks so much for joining our Spotlight Saturday Blog Hop! I'm already following.


  14. Those are really pretty! They would look great in my new office. Thank you for sharing your creativity.
    I am a new visitor and follower from Spotlight Saturday:)

  15. Danielle says:

    Blog hopping! I'm your new follower and would love a follow back! Thanks!

  16. Julie (Legacy Crafter) says:

    Those are awesome! I love birds in art and those are really neat.

  17. Tanya (a Taste of T) says:

    They look amazing!

    <3, New Follower
    Tomorrow starts a week of giveaways on A Taste of T

  18. Wife on the Roller Coaster says:

    Those are awesome!

    Thanks for the follow…following you back. :)

  19. Treat and Trick says:

    Looks beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining in my blog. Will be back to explore more….

  20. CarliAlice @ GG2Life says:

    This is so great! I'm favoriting this so I can see if I want to give it a go!

  21. Miss Kitty says:

    SO inspirational. I had bought some prints I liked and wanted to make them look like paintings and thanks to you, now I know how!

  22. YUMMommy says:

    Thanks for visiting YUMMommy.

  23. DIAPERS in the DESERT says:

    Love it! How creative!! Thanks for the visit and follow. I am now a new follower of yours! Hope you have a wonderful week.

  24. Those turned out great!! Thanks for the following my blog! I'm following back! =)

  25. Awesome post!

  26. Mummy@Bod for tea says:

    Very cool idea for using a lovely print! New follower here, thanks for popping over to Bod for tea earlier *waves* 😀

  27. My Little Pumpkin says:

    thanks for stopping by. now follow you back ^_^

  28. Those are fantastic! My question is how did you print them? You'd nee extra long printer paper? Following you from Sunday Social. Have a great week!

  29. I just had to look at them again! I love them. I have a high ceiling in my bedroom and I'm trying to come up with wall decor. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Vivienne @ the V Spot says:

    Very cool! I love them and love the colors!

  31. Emily {WhipperBerry} says:

    I wanted to let you know we featured this on WhipperBerry today. Come grab a featured button if you would like!

  32. it really does look like a painting…love this idea…never heard of mod podge brushstrokes before…i'll have to go grab some! thanks for posting on fridays unfolded.


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