To start this process, you’ll need:
a plain canvas
a paint brush
gel medium (I used Liquitex- Matte Super Heavy Gel from Hobby Lobby)
3) Press a copy of the photo, image side DOWN, onto the canvas, making sure to center it and then smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles. Then…walk away for 6 or more hours before going on to step 4!
*A few tips: Do NOT over-wet your canvas or over-rub one area. The spot in the lower right corner is where I used way too much water and the brown blur in the top left hand corner is a spot where I rubbed too aggressively. Learn from my mistakes! Also, be especially careful over faces. It would be very easy to distort the face by excessively rubbing. Imagine your cutie pie with only one eyebrow or no nose. Yikes! Be extra delicate in that region.
5) When the paper has been peel from your canvas and the image is completely dry, paint a thin coat of the gel medium over the entire canvas. After the first coat dries, go over your canvas in short, back and forth strokes, leaving random peaks in the gel. This will add texture to the canvas and give it the look of a painting. The gel will go on white, but dry clear and matte.