How to fake a painting with modpodge

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I have very random tastes as to what odd little thing I’ll fall in love with and drag home. Random yes, but also very specific. I appreciate a good story, and some things just look how a well written book reads. I found this large train print in a junk store, falling out of its frame and warped. I loved it. It immediately transported me to tales of the old west, the novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and the summer I spent as a kid with an Uncle who lives in a place that looks just like this picture. I can taste the dust in the air, and feel the hot breeze in my face, can’t you?

The only problem with my little find, it was dull and flat. The colors had faded a bit with age, and it needed something to freshen it up a bit. I decided to try a trick to make it look like a painting instead of just a print, using modpodge.

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I swiped the modpodge on in an “X” pattern all over the picture, purposely not smoothing out the ridges. I wanted the textured look to look like paint brush strokes. The thicker the modpodge, the more pronounced the pattern will be.

update an old print with modpodge chapter37After it dried thoroughly, it had a paint brushed appearance, and a slight sheen. (I used “gloss” modpodge.)

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It’s not a magnificent alteration, but it does significantly improve the print’s appearance. It only took about five minutes, and it’s a very simple and inexpensive thing to do. Right now it’s in my living room over the piano.

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I’m not sure I love the frame, but I might later, so I’m leaving it. I’ll have to see what I think after I paint the piano, it all looks a bit dark to me now. At any rate, the picture itself is high on my list of favorite finds. What’s your pet piece in your home? Why do you like it?

Update: See how I built a scrap wood frame for this picture HERE

Psalms 90:2   Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

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2 Responses to How to fake a painting with modpodge

  1. Antonella says:

    I know what you are saying, there is that item you spot and just have to have it… My favorite find is a trunk my husband’s grandmother was getting rid of. I asked if we could have it and with a little bit of cleanup it now is our coffee table!
    Hugs, antonella :-)

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